Omokoroa Golf Club

Captains Corner
By Pink Leow
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It’s a beautiful time of the year with cooler weather and colourful leaves. I was told Arrowtown is a place to visit in Autumn. (Attached a photo taken at Arrowtown golf course)

Rosie Tray Tournament (Sunday 25th April)

Weather forecast is looking pretty good for a day out golfing after the Dawn Service. Come along and support this annual club Event.

It is combined Mixed Pair Stableford and also, individual Stableford for Men and Women$5 Entry Fee, 12 noon Shot Gun start.

There are a number of solo men looking for partners - Ladies register your interest.
  Entry Sheet in the office.

Junior Golf coaching (29th April)

School holidays junior golf coaching. Hayden makes it fun for the kids to learn to play golf. Please contact Hayden if your kids or grandkids are interested to try this out.)

Introduction session : 10am – 11:30am ($39)

Advanced session : 1pm – 4pm ($59)

Contact: Hayden Beard : 075788465 ext 1

8th Tee - Attn Cart users
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Attention All Cart users.

Please do not use the new pathway at the 8th tee. This is still under construction and we now have a number of deep cart tracks through there that will now need filling.

We understand everyone is keen to check out the new work along the 8th but until it is open we ask that all CART, FOOT, TRUNDLER traffic still return along the 7th Fairway to the temporary 8th tee.

Board Talk

The course work plan ( which has been completed by Nathan, KD, Kieran, and Rob) has been passed by the board and will now be scheduled. Thanks to input from the player's group captains and club captain for their contributions.

This plan will be displayed in the clubhouse once laminated so all members will be able to view progress. The team is also looking at tree plantings & course design, to enhance the beauty of the course.

The plan includes CAPEX for machinery replacement and will be budgeted for ( with the possibility of grants, to cover these costs)

New security cameras have been installed and are being monitored. We are still looking for a local Security person we can call out on the occasion of an alarm after hours.

Andrew Pratt (BOP Asphalt) has volunteered his company services, to repair potholes in the car-park.

We now have full sponsorship for all tee signs and other signboards around the course and clubhouse. Our thanks to Allan Winter for his work in making this a reality.

Deb has now been in the admin manager role for 3 tough months and has assimilated a huge amount of work knowledge, club customs, and rules.

Thanks to you all who have made Deb's life easier by your support, and to Sue & Sandra for their advice and ongoing support.

The club's finances are sound and in a respectable state. With Xero now well bedded in, the accounts are regularly monitored.

We have met with 2 major banks, to talk through a change to our banking partners. Our existing bank can no longer offer us the services the club requires.

The Foreshore project is now complete and a handover will occur in the immediate future. The board recognises the huge contribution made by Fintan Downes to making this project possible.

9 Hole Men
By Spencer Tankard

Fairview Golf Club

Heather, the very hospitable host at Fairview Golf Club put on her usual excellent venue for our second away game of the year.

A better-than-expected turn-out of 27 9-Holers arrived in good time to do battle on a potentially challenging post-coring course.

The format was Stableford, we had our usual Haggle, we all played the Front 9, all in one division and there was no Raffle to conclude.

Looking at the scores it was pretty obvious that many of you brought your very best game!

In spite of having to Putt out on a veritable succession of sandpits our team was able to post some remarkable Stableford scores!

Out in front and a clear winner was Max Richie on 22 Stableford's!

The top 5 money winners were:

  • Max Richie 22
  • Frank Brown 21
  • Chris Hogan 21
  • Bruce Baggenstos 20
  • Lynton Holmes 20

Trevor Smith posted a 19 and a further five players posted 18s!!

Just a pity that away games don’t count for any of our competitions.

Coring has been completed at Omokoroa and hopefully, the greens will be in at least reasonable shape for the next round on our competition calendar.

Round 2 of the Stableford Cup and Round 2 of the Putting Trophy will take place next Thursday 22nd April, usual place, usual time.

On a Sad NoteFarwell to John Carmichael

John Carmichael, our much-valued Treasurer and esteemed Chancellor of the Exchequer is parking his trundler and putting away his golf clubs.

He has decided to retire from golfing (for a while at least?), and is not renewing his membership of the Omokoroa Club.

As a consequence, he has relinquished his role as our Treasurer, effective immediately.

John has been a member of the Omokoroa Club for over 20 years and played 9 Holes for the past 10 years. He was a founding member of the 9-Hole Group and Treasurer since the Group was formed in 2012 according to his records.

In my short time with the Group John has always been a reliable and seemingly permanent fixture and I hope we haven’t all taken him too much for granted. He assures me that’s not the case.

After 20 years he has stopped enjoying the game, he just wants a break, and good on him for that!

We will all be disappointed to lose one of the 9H-Groups most valued, most long-standing, and consistently top performing players yet we must all be so grateful for John’s amazing service over so many years.

Those of us living in the village will no doubt see him around from time to time and I have assured him he is welcome back to join us at any time should the withdrawal symptoms kick in too strongly.

Farewell John, enjoy your respite from the game I know you have loved and played so well. Kia kaha.

Mens World Update
By Hugh Clark

Annan Law Saturday Men’s Club Day

This Saturday we will play a normal haggle with qualifying for the “A-One Kitchens and Interiors” Shootout.

Pennants Interclub

Our Intermediate team concluded their season with a loss (3.5-5.5) to the Fairview Club on Sunday. With most of the starting team unavailable, 5 members stepped up to represent the Club.

James Graham and Marcus Annan won their singles while Brett Dingle halved his match. Ian Duncalf, Paul Shaw, and Martin Jordan all lost in close games, and in the pairs Marcus and Martin won. Big thanks to James Graham for managing the team.

Coring Working Bee

Well done to all the helpers who got the job done while a large number of the usual workers were away.

South Island Trip

Our Club had 22 members who played in the Mount Michael 5 Day Classic based in Queenstown. While a number of daily prizes were won by us, we didn’t do so well in the big prize-giving at the end. We had some wet weather which got in the way, but it was a wonderful event to be part of.

Kevin Donald had the misfortune to hit a fallen rock on a trail while biking which resulted in him having a crook wrist for the week. It remains to be seen whether it is fractured!

A number of us went down in campers and cars, so will be returning over the next days. Debbie and I played 13 games in 15 days, so golf became a daily habit.



You can view the latest results in the member's zone of our webpage or
Volunteers needed at NZ PGA - Te Puke.
See flyer attached. 

The Early Years - Part 2
By Swampy

First (informal) Meeting of Steering Committee

At an informal meeting held immediately after the public meeting, Mr. Jack Carroll was elected chairman of the steering committee.

Many areas of land were investigated: The Western Farm, Prole Road Farm, Harty Land, Harray and Mcphail Land, Cooke Vaughn and Cameron properties.

All this was investigated over a period of 15 days.

Might I note very determined people who volunteered to plan the areas of what was to become our beautiful golf course.

The Green Shed
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Pitch Marks

Pitch marks are getting extremely bad out on the course. There have been people spotted practicing pitching onto the actual greens. Please note - this is not allowed. Greens and Fairways are for normal play only.

We have a practice area for a reason so please use that instead. If you make a pitch mark when playing we ask as common golf courtesy to all your fellow players that you repair it. No one likes playing around lazy golfers' pitch marks. Instructions for beginners can be seen here 

8th tee 
Do not use the path to the new 8th tee.  This is still under construction and due to a number of people going along that new track we now have extra work to do.  Do not use this until it has been opened officially, please.
Big Thanks 
Thanks to all the gardening volunteers who got out over coring week and tidied up some of the many gardens around the clubhouse and course.  Your effrorts are all very much appreciated. 
Omokoroa Golf Club
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