GBGC Newsletter – March / April 2017

Greens Beach Golf Club March / April 2017 Newsletter


Message from the President:

What a month this has been for various reasons. Some highlights include:

  1. Boags Contract has been signed and we have negotiated a favourable deal.
  2. The completion of the second and final stage of our beer supply system is very close with required materials being sourced next week.
  3. Commencement of drainage works and course paths will go a long way to ensure a more pleasant stroll around the course this winter.
  4. A big welcome to Kellie Harris behind the bar. Kellie has many years of experience in the industry and I hope you all make yourselves known and welcome.


Not so good highlights coming up:

Some prices for certain goods will see a slight increase in the coming weeks. With the terrible start to this year because of weather and some below average trading months the committee feel that some of these items need to increase.  Some have not seen an increase in at least 5 years; where else would you get that?  They will not be major and I hope you all will understand this need, after all we are running a business with ALL profits going back to Club’s running expenses and improvements for all members.  Murray Lehner, President.


Latest Development News:

Briefly, the latest plan under consideration is that ECO Golf would develop and operate an 18 hole links course which would include the building of their own clubhouse and associated accommodation facilities for visiting players.  As opposed to some previous proposals there will be substantially fewer blocks available for sale under this current proposal


We would remain as a stand-alone 9 hole golf course and continue to run as a private club as at present.


In order for this to happen it will be necessary for the Club to sell the 53ha of land we own east of the 8th fairway.  We have engaged a valuer to provide a professional estimate as to what price we should expect for the land should members decide to sell.


Together with money received from the sale of land the Golf Club have put together a very comprehensive ‘wish list’ of items that we would require ECO to fund both in the Clubhouse and on the course.


Once we have negotiated the best possible outcome for the Club, this will then be made public to our members for discussion purposes and ultimately need to be voted on at a later Special General Meeting of members.

Murray Lehner, President.


Co-Captains Report:

As you would be aware we have reintroduced the bare patch relief rule to help preserve the course as it dries out.  There are still quite a few bare patches which still remain from last year’s drought, especially on the 8th fairway.  If you are in a bare patch, you can place the ball at the nearest point, no closer to the hole.


Men’s Pennant got underway on the 19th March with both Div. 2 and Div. 6 winning on their home turf.  What a good start to the season, well done to all players.  Please remember, Pennant isn’t just for A Grade golfers so if you want to have a go please contact the team captains, Luke Blyth or Steve Broad, or the Club.


We are continuing to play the 8th hole as a Par 3, except for Monthly Medal, until the end of April.  Your feedback would be appreciated as to whether to return it permanently to a Par 3.


Sixteen of our Club members travelled to Llanherne over the March long weekend to play for the annual Greenherne Shield.  Congratulations to Llanherne who finally won the shield back after 10 long years, but only just .46 separated the Clubs.  It was a fabulous weekend and we look forward to welcoming Llanherne here next March for the return challenge.


Player of the Year – Ladies and Men’s:

We are introducing two new competitions this year – Player of the Year Ladies and Player of the Year Men’s.


To bring this competition for 2017 into alignment with our Trophy and Presentation night we will run from the first Saturday in March through to the last Saturday in November.


Player of the Year is open to all our members who play in the Saturday competitions at Greens Beach and will run in addition to the Saturday competition.


Based on the stableford format you, the player, don’t have to do anything extra at all, the Club will do it all; you just turn up and play as many Saturdays as you can.  You will need to play 15 games to qualify and if you play more than 15 we will only take your best 15 scores.  At the end of November whoever has the highest number of stableford points from their 15 rounds will be declared the Player of the Year in their respective genders.


As this is a new competition for our Club we are currently sourcing sponsors so prizes will be announced.  In 2018 to be eligible for the awards you will need to play 20 games.


If you have any questions, have a talk to Neville Stewart, Terry Jordan or Richard Landherr.


Memorial Day – Easter Saturday, 15th April:

Mark Snooks is our annual sponsor on Easter Saturday.  From 2017 the day will also include a Memorial Day to remember past players who are no longer with us.  A special tree will be planted just adjacent to the men’s 10th tee bed and each year past players will be acknowledged.  Please put this date in your diary for the inaugural planting of the tree which will be planted in memory of the many members who have been part of the Greens Beach Golf Club.  These members will be remembered each year in a special service on Easter Saturday.

Terry Jordan/Richard Landherr, Co Captains.


Questions & Answers:

If you have a question relating to golf please email to and we will endeavour to give you an answer.


Q:           Can I move my ball away from the safety netting (temporary immovable obstruction) on the 2nd / 11th and 6th / 15th?

A:           Yes – nearest point from either outer post in line to flag, two club length relief.


Course Report:

Well another month has slipped by.  We are gradually making progress with the cart access between the first and second fairways.  Drainage work between the fourth and seventh greens has been completed to the seventh fairway.  I would like to thank everyone who has helped with this so far.  The remainder of this task should be completed within the next 2-3 weeks depending on help.  Peter Blazely, Greenkeeper.


Small Maintenance Jobs out on the Course or in and around the Clubhouse:

If you notice small maintenance jobs that need attention either out on the course or in and around the Clubhouse at the Handicappers Desk is a green folder which has inside a sheet so you can write down what needs attention.  Sometimes other people’s eyes pick up little things that staff or your committee may have missed.


Working Bee –  On Monday, 3rd April there will be a working bee to upgrade the course pathways.  If you are able to help work will commence at 8.30 am.  For more information contact Murray Lehner on  6383 9511.


Vets Golf News:

Finally we’ve been blessed with good weather and continued good fields for our competitions.  One of our stalwarts has hit a purple patch of late, winning our Wednesday competition followed by the Saturday Monthly Medal then another Vets competition, Ken Fry you champ!  Late Mail – well knock me down with a wet tram ticket he’s done it again, this weeks (15th March) vets winner Ken Fry 37 points.  Everyone wants to know what Ken’s putting in his home brew these days OR maybe he’s not on it anymore????


Not to be outdone Kenny Burles won the State Left Handers Div. 3 Championship; I think I’m right in saying this is the second time Kenny’s won this event, great stuff mate.


Another great golfing feat by one of our regulars, a non-vet Michael Oliver holed out in two on the tenth in a casual round, driver -7 iron in the hole; it doesn’t matter when you do that its great golf.  Myself I had 10 on that hole two weeks ago, I laid up with my 7 iron.


Good golfing and good mates….what a life! ….  Wayne McConachy, President.


Ladies Golf News:

Our ladies have decided to run a ‘Luxurious Saffire Raffle’      –        limited tickets at $15 each.

The prize:

  • 1 night in a Luxury Suite for 2 adults (valued at $2,100)
  • Fully inclusive of breakfast, lunch and degustation dinner with deluxe dinner beverages, mini bar and internet, plus Saffire’s complimentary activities.
  • $100 credit which can be used towards Spa Treatments, Gift Shop, additional activities of either Saffire Wineglass Bay by Water boat trip or Friendly Beaches Quad bike riding etc.
  • Subject to availability on the day free room upgrade and/or early/late checkouts
  • Must be used by 18th December 2017 and subject to availability

Tickets will be on sale soon.


We had a very successful Opening Day on the 13th February with 50 players from several clubs competing, our local ladies being winners and runners up in Div. 2: Sharon Sherman and Andrea Tidy winning with 74½ and Elaine Duffy and Sharon Moloney respectively 2nd with 76.  In Div. 1 the winners were guests Liz Young and Rebecca Gottschalk with 73½ with Jane Philpott and Ellie Andrews (George Town) 74.  Putting was won by Louise Semmens and Janice Hatton from Prospect Vale with 33 putts on very fast greens compliments to our Greenkeeper, Peter Blazely.


Hopwood Cup – 27 holes was contested on the 28th February.  Roseanne Byrne was a clear winner with a nett 108 over Leila Craw 112.  Many thanks to Leila Craw for sponsoring this event over many years; as we all know sponsorship is invaluable to the Greens Beach Golf Club.


Roseanne Byrne followed up the very next week by winning the Monthly Medal with 71 from Andrea Tidey with 72 c/b from Pene Green.  Pene Green won Master Putter with 28 putts.


Over the last month we have had many players enjoying birdies – Pene Green, Lyn Jordan, Sally Woods, Jane Philpott, Elaine Duffy and Leza Thornton which will all make to a very interesting eclectic result at the end of the year.


Our Pennant season started on the 9th March with an unfortunate loss to Riverside on their home turf (3/2) but our ladies had a win on the 16th March at home against Prospect Vale with the following results – Ange Blyth 2/1. Leza Thornton 2/1, Jane Philpott sq., Sally Woods sq., and Tracey Oliver sq.   With a very minimum of players to select from we are ecstatic with our progress.

Jane Philpott, Captain.



Social & Fundraising News:


Our Easter raffle has commenced and it is an amazing array of Easter goodies in a large tub.  It will be drawn at Presentation on Easter Saturday, 15th April.  Tickets are $2.00 or 3 for $5.00.


Paella Fiesta – Friday 24th February

Drinks, selection of tapas, selection of paellas, a refreshing sweet, good company and a wonderful environment made it simply a great night.  Thank you to Edrick Corban-Banks and his family from Casa Paella for the amazing food and your friendly service.  Thank you again Joan Wesson for the colourful decorations, you could possibly have closed your eyes and thought you were in Spain!  We also must thank Julian and Fiona from Moores Hill Estate Wines for their ongoing sponsorship of our functions.  We are working on how we can beat this one for next year, watch this space!


March Long Weekend.

58 people enjoyed our very popular Barbaganza.  Thank you to all who helped make it a great night, especially those in the kitchen.


Your Social Team is taking a break over Easter.  The next planned event at the Club will be Ristorante Italiano (Pasta Night) on the 20th May.  We will send out further information closer to the date.


Green Waste Disposal Area

The Green Waste Disposal Area for the next 3 months will be open on:

–        Sunday, 23rd April (due to the 16th being Easter Sunday)

–        Sunday, 21st May

–        Sunday, 18th June

The Disposal Area will be closed for winter in July and August and reopen on Sunday, 17th September


Important notice about sessions coming up at the Golf Club:


Defibrillator AED Awareness Session – Friday, 24th March:

You are invited to attend a Defibrillator AED Awareness Session conducted by St John Ambulance at the Greens Beach Golf Club on Friday, 24th March at 7.00 pm.  A Gold Coin donation will go to the Greens Beach Golf Club Defibrillator Fund (set up to fund ongoing training and maintenance for the Defibrillator).


– Greens Beach Community Bushfire Mitigation and Biodiversity Forum – 9th April:

Tamar NRM in partnership with Tasmanian Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service and West Tamar Council will hold a community focussed bushfire forum on Sunday, 9th April at the Greens Beach Golf Club.

Objectives of the Forum:

  • Discuss how Tasmanian plants and animals respond to fire – how to manage fire for healthy landscapes
  • Introduce landholders to the latest advice on fire mitigation works for their own properties
  • Discuss fire management plans and programs within Narawntapu National Park – how to manage fire for biodiversity and to reduce the risk of life and property
  • Address community concerns and questions around fire management and mitigation

Date:                            Sunday, 9th April 2017

Time:                           10.00 am to 2.00 pm

Where:                        Greens Beach Golf Club, 1764 Greens Beach Road

RSVP:                          3rd April (for catering purpose) to Gill Bassnett, Program Coordinator, Tamar NRM 6323 3310, mobile 0438 265 792 or email

The Forum is free and lunch is included

Presentations:   Tasmanian Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife, Tamar NRM and West Tamar Council, including a panel question and answer and community discussion.


   Point of WoMen Inc. Easter Market – Friday, 14th April:

A Good Friday Market will be held on the 14th April, 9.00 am to 2.00 pm @ Clarence Point Hall.  Gourmet barbecue, original crafts, local produce, raffle, home-made jams and chutney.  Check out our Facebook page –