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Captain's Corner
Pink Leow
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 Daylight savings

9 more days to go till we change our clock for Daylight saving, hooray! Whilst we are still awaiting eagerly for Alert level announcement next week, we will have to continue with some planning so here are the latest as regard to upcoming Golf and social events :-

Jack Turner and Mexted Trophies (Sunday 26th September)

We now have 48 entries and if you are keen to join us please call me on (07) 548 0918 or email

$10 Entry Fee, including Two’s. Multi-Tee start @ 12 noon so hopefully we can have some drinks and food to help celebrate the 1st day of Daylight saving.

Quiz Night (1st October)

I have received enquiries as to whether this will still go ahead. We will proceed as planned if we are down to Alert Level 1, hopefully not too much of a restriction in terms of the number of people allowed in the clubroom.

6 tables still available for booking so call me on (07) 5480918 or email to reserve a table. $3 entry per person. Bring along your own finger food/platters to share with your team. Bar will be open from 5:30pm.

Twilight (6th October)

Well, I hope you have found your partner for the Paris Tournament starting on 6th October and our sponsors will be joining us for a round of golf. On completion of golf, there will be food available and Live Music. Shot Gun start @ 5:30pm. We are taking entries so please kindly register you team @ the office to aid with the draw allocation and food preparation. Have your family to join you after golf to support Jarrod and the Bar.

For more details on this competition, please refer to Twilight Competition Rule Sheet and Twilight flyer on

7th Hole (Temporary Par 3)

All being well, the new boardwalk from the 7th Green to the 8th Tee will commence work by the end of September. We are still awaiting the contractor to finalise on a start and finishing date. However, just a heads up that there will be a temporary green on the 7th fairway once this project commences and we will play the hole as a Par 3. More information to follow next week.

1 Club Length Placing

Now that winter is over and the 1 club length placing on all mown fairway will be obsolete. The players group have agreed to introduce a 15cm placing on all mown fairway with immediate effect unless otherwise advised by the Club Haggle day’s Captain/Tournament organiser. This will now be printed on all Score cards. With (hopefully) better weather conditions, we should not be changing the playing conditions that much.

Greenshed report
Nathan Kerr
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Bunker reconstruction
The new bunker on the right hand side of the 16th fairway and removal of the left hand side fairway bunker is still in the pipeline to be done. I am waiting for David Grahame from Bay Shaping to give me a start date to do the job as he is busy finishing jobs that he got behind in from covid lockdown.

Cart Paths
The next concrete Cart paths to be completed are from the 6th green to the existing 7th cart path. The next is the length from 8th green to the 9th blue and white tees. This will be organised to be done once the course drys out and we can get a concrete truck across the course with out causing damage.

7th Temporary Green and 8th tees pulled forward onto start of 8th fairway 
Contractors will be starting the work on the new board walk from the 7th green to the 8th tee soon. This work will take approximately 6 weeks to complete so during this time the 7th green and 8th tee will be out of play so a temporary green will be mown out on the 7th fairway and the 8th tees will be pulled forward onto the start of the 8th fairway while this work is being done.

Couch Fairway Construction
This December we will be sowing the practice fairway in couch grass.

This will be sown all the way to the bund to give the practice fairway more Length.

Tee Renovation
We have started coring the tees. The 16th and 17th tees have been completed and we will continue to core the tees as weather allows. This will mean that some tee markers will be moved to the start of the fairway so that we can complete the coring task. It has been 2 years since the tee surfaces have been renovated so they are in need of doing.

Enjoy your golf.

Men's World
Hugh Clark
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Annan Law Saturday Men’s Club Day

The final round of the Strokeplay Championships for the Intermediates, Juniors and the Presidents Grades will be played tomorrow. The Senior Champion was found last Saturday when Tyler King claimed the win from Steven Wallace and Denne Stewart. Good luck to all the contenders this week as a place on the Honours Board beckons. The winners and runners-up players from all grades go through to contend in the Grand Slam Cup at the end of the year.

The competition for places in the A-One Kitchens and Interiors Shootout Final is getting tense as we all try to get in a couple of good Saturday Stableford Scores. Check out the placings ladder on “my golf” website to see what will get you into the top 19.

Halberg Fundraiser

On Friday 15th October the Eagles are running a tournament at Omanu Golf Club. It is a Teams and Individual format and entry includes a buffet meal. Having played in the event for the last 2 years, I can recommend it. Check out the Flyers in the Clubhouse

Woman's World
Diane Hughes
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This week’s results

41 ladies turned up for Tuesday golf this week, 31 on Saturday, all obviously keen to escape their bubbles and to play and share the goss with their golfing mates. Saturday ladies played a stableford and counted their putts for a Renner Trophy round. Diana Price and Mary Findlay both came in with 36 stablefords and Christine Millward scored a two. Although the programmed LGU competition was postponed on Tuesday because of tee box coring, we continued with the nett haggle.

Cathy Berry won on the countback from Maryanne McGarva, both on 71, followed by 3 on 73 – Barbara Ellingford, Gail Nicholls and Carol Roper. Sue Dark and Gay Walker both scored a two and Gail Broomhall potted the longest putt.

McNicol Trophy matchplay

The draw and cut off dates for each round are on the noticeboard. Remember it’s on handicap and must be played in your own time.

Vet's Vibes
Scott Gwynne
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The Week Ahead

Next Wednesday Vet’s competition is the rescheduled second round of the Grandma and Grandpa stableford competition and the next round of the Shootout.

The Week just been

Well …. Yep, say it – “Scott you are sounding like a cracked record.” Crappy weather yet again and Wednesday’s club day was a washout. It was great to see though that the majority of members are using the tee booking system whilst we are operating under Covid conditions and most people cancelled their booking for Wednesday. Hopefully Level 1 is just around the corner and we can again return our schedule to days of old.

Events coming up

Events that will interest people are.

- 22 September, Second Rounds of Grandma and Grandpa Trophies.

- 27 September, BOP Vets at Reporoa - Cancelled

- 4 October, Men’s Omokoroa Country Estate Quad’s, Omokoroa. Because we are likely to still be at Level 2 each Club will be strictly limited to 25 players. The entry form is in the Men’s locker room. A few vacancies still exist.

- 13 October, Vet’s AGM

- 18 October, Mixed Vet’s comp at Waihi for McLean Cup. Entry forms in the locker rooms.

- 17-18-19 November, 3-day mixed pairs, Match play, Omokoroa

Vet’s Annual General Meeting

The Vet’s Annual General Meeting will be held on 13 October 2021 after Club Golf concludes for the day. Notices announcing the AGM, and nomination forms for Committee positions have been posted in the Men’s and Ladies locker rooms.

New Members

If you are a new member of our Golf Club reading this newsletter – Welcome. If you want to play Vet’s Golf and haven’t done so yet, give me a call on 02102242799 or email me at

A Little Humour

After a particularly poor round, a golfer glanced at the water filled drain as he walked despondently up the 18th fairway. He looked at his playing partner and said, “I’ve played so badly all day, I think I’m going to drown myself in that drain.” The friend, quick as a flash, replied, “I’m not sure you could keep your head down that long.” (adapted from a joke I came across on the internet)

Covid Level 2 - No Change in levels today
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Level 2 – Covid Protocol

What you need to know...

Tauranga is at this time still at Alert Level 2. This will be the case until at least Monday 20th September 2021.

As you likely have heard there are now places of interest in the Tauranga region. If you have been to any of those please stay home and get tested.

Contact Tracing Under Alert Level 2 and 3 is extremely important to control the spread of the virus. We have extra QR scan in codes around the club and a register is back at the front door for those not using the tracing app.

Operational Guidance At Alert Level 2 says playing of golf can be undertaken. The most important principle is to stay safe. The health, safety and wellbeing of staff, members, golf participants and the wider community is of paramount importance.

We ask that those participating in regular weekly groups now go online to register before coming to the course. The booking sheets online on our webpage have been adjusted to allow this. Either register as the group you wish to play with or find an individual spot to fill within your normal allocated time slot. Please keep your own card.

This helps us with contract tracing and stops the need for card collection and distribution.

General Guidance from Golf NZ

1. The golf course, clubhouse, pro shop, changing rooms and any other facility at the golf club can be open at Alert Level 2.

2. All staff, players, visitors must adhere to general government advice; particularly all recommended hygiene measures. Click here for further hygiene and sanitisation information.

3. For golf clubs, appropriate hygiene and sanitisation practices must be maintained throughout the facility including all common touch points and surfaces. We have ensured there are sanitising stations at all kiosks and the front door. We also ask that you be vigilent with hand washingandadd Sanitiser to your golf kit to use after touching shared golfing equipment around the course.

4. We need a system to record and retain the contact details of all staff, players and visitors in place to enable contact tracing should it be required. See earlier advise re registering for your game before you come to the course and ring the office if you need help with this.

5.Physical distancing (2 metres encouraged) between all staff, players and visitors should be maintained. Distancing should be maintained on the golf course and throughout all club facilities. All extra chairs have been removed in the club house to allow social distancing at tables. No more than four people at a table. We ask that only one person is at the bar or cafeteria at a time and we have marks on the floor to assist with this.

6. All indoor facilities at a club need to restrict entry to a maximum of 100 people. We will be making sure groups move through the club house to keep numbers down to this level.

7. All groups should be seated, have separation from other groups. Do not move tables around within the room. When golfers are entering/exiting the clubhouse or paying, clubs should manage these processes in line with the distancing guidelines.

8. All players should wash and dry their hands before and after play. We recommend having hand sanitiser in your bags so if you need to touch shared equipment - bunker rakes, pins, cart cleaners and the like you can sanitise after.

9. Shotgun or multiple tee starts can be held if they can be managed in a manner that does not see groups of golfers congregating.

10. Groups of golfers should maintain a minimum distance of 2 metres between themselves and other groups on the course.

11. Exchanging of physical scorecards should be avoided if possible and we encourage the use of the DotGolf score entry app.

12. Pins / flagsticks can be on the course however they should be left in the hole and should not be touched or removed by any player where possible.

13. All drinking fountains, ball washers, and shared sunscreen stations should be closed.

14. Any shared club equipment must be cleaned after each use.

Happy Golfing while you still can. Lets hope we drop back to level 1 soon.

Covid Humor to lighten your Day
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What's it like being quarantined with a talkative child?

It's like having an insane parrot glued to your shoulder!!
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