Newsletter - March 2017

Swansea Golf Club Members newsletter March 2017

Fellow Members,

This is the second newsletter for members.If you wish for a copy of the first edition, please ask Captain Chris.

Annual General Meeting: 24 02 2017

We thank those members who attended the AGM.

The annual reports and returns were tabled and indicated that the Club is in a sound position. This was highlighted by the message from our Auditor, noting growth in trade and above average consistency of overall figures.

Members at the meeting congratulated the outgoing committee on yet another successful year.

The incoming committee, albeit similar personnel, with Steve Kenny also appointed, agreed to commit to continue forward growth and welcome member’s thoughts and ideas in writing for tabling that may assist achieve results.

The first meeting

The new committee on 14 03 2017 discussed a few items which were felt would make a positive addition, and benefit the Club, members and community.

1/ the formation of a Social committee to explore, assess and enhance the use of the facilities for members and their guests. If you are interested, we are looking for 2 or 3 members to work with a committee member, please talk with Paul Morris and John McKenna.

2/we have a small band of volunteers willing to learn and assist Malcolm and Peter with the day to day maintenance of the course, and if you have the capacity or time, we are sure you can be accommodated. This is extra to the already 3rd Tuesday working bees. Talk to Malcolm and Peter.

3/it was suggested that we introduce a Safety Officer. A committee member would be responsible for the role and be available to take on notice any safety concerns recognised and passed on by members. The concern be discussed by committee and solutions implemented as required.

The committee has begun (again) in earnest the feasibility study of implementing the change of the 6th hole and fairway. This would reduce the safety hazard where members on 2nd green and players teeing off the current 6th tee. It would also prevent players from walking across the 5th from the 6th tee and possibly be in danger from those teeing off the 5th.

We need to ensure we maintain solid health and safety aspects for members and visitors. Our public liability insurance costs the club an arm and leg, we need to demonstrate our practices and conditions are meeting requirements.

Pig monies

The misfortunes of playing members, eg; out of bounds, 3+ putts etc., is miniscule to the work the funds raised is put to in exploring the treatments to assist the less fortunate in the community.

The latest amount raised $600, donated to the Cancer network will in a small way continue the work of looking for cures.  

Working bees

If you can spend an hour or two on the third Tuesday of each month, it would be greatly appreciated. Start time is around 10 am.


If you have not paid your subs yet, a reminder that they are overdue. You would be ineligible to claim any prize for a sanctioned event.

PS: If you have some feedback on the newsletter, whether positive or constructive, please talk to Chris Howell and we will work to improve.

Cheers for now

Newsletter - September 2016

Swansea Golf Club Members newsletter September 2016

Fellow Members,

Welcome to the first newsletter featuring items of interest about your club and its’ activities. You will be advised of any approved capital works and expenditure. These will hopefully improve your golfing experience and the facilities that your membership and continued support entitle you to receive.

In this issue we will provide you with an insight to how your membership fees are distributed and the big ticket items that along with other club income eg; sponsorships, donations and bar takings aid in successfully providing the best club facility possible.

We currently have 110 paid up members, (includes life members). Approximately half of your dues are redirected to Golf Australia in Capitation fees and towards our annual insurance bill. This leaves us around $15000 to provide and maintain the clubhouse and course quality to the best standard for the comfort and appreciation of all members and visitors.

We recently purchased a new mower at a cost of $16000 for Peter and Malcolm to continue with their excellent course preparation.

We have purchased noise reduction panels to be placed on the ceiling of the clubhouse at a cost of $1750.

You can see now that this year’s membership monies received are exhausted. So where is other income generated to continue providing a service?

Our competition fees and visitor green fees are very welcome.

The $5 entry fee each Saturday, the chicken runs, bar sales, and any other form of “player” income, helps immensely in balancing the budget.

Competition donations and/or prizes from businesses are a huge bonus. So please continue to support those businesses in any way you can.

PS: Other expenditure this year to date, includes course maintenance (water, fertilizer, machinery repairs) $13500:        

The clubrooms are used by a variety of local community organisations.

Qigong and Exercise Class on Mondays

Swansea Probus Club 2nd Tuesday monthly

Swansea Craft group Fridays


We welcome the above, and any other group wishing to enquire may contact the Secretary.

Player safety and comfort

The committee has agreed to reinvestigate with vigour the change to the sixth hole. We have received concerns from players of the near misses on the second green from players hitting off the sixth tee; and it must be said, also from play on the sixth tee by those hitting up the fifth. As much as we stress the importance of following the local rules and being vigilant of player safety, there will be the odd occasion where people will forget, we are only human after all. If you have any questions in regard to this, ask Chris.    

Player profile   Captain John

How long have you been involved or played golf?

“I hit a ball around for many years but I took it up more seriously 8 years ago.”

How have you found the role of Captain at Swansea?

“very rewarding. I would like to think that I have made a positive contribution to the club, and I am sure the club is on the right road to continued success”

What is your most memorable achievement?

“any time I meet the challenge of actually nearing my handicap. Louise is the better golfer and she only picked up a club a few years back. Comes down to temperament I guess. But my biggest achievement is being a Geelong supporter, Go the Cats”

What is it at the Swansea Golf Club that brings you most satisfaction?

“The social aspect. It is a very friendly club with a great bunch of members”.    

Thanks John. Happy golfing.

Finally, our club runs well due to the great work performed by dedicated volunteers, members and friends. For that we are eternally grateful. The club is in a strong operational and financial position.

PS: If you have some feedback on the newsletter, whether positive or constructive, please talk to Chris Howell and we will work to improve.

Cheers for now