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G'day Members,

We’re excited to be getting the construction of the 19th hole and tee construction started on the 1st of December. Ideally, we would have liked to have started the project earlier, but experienced golf course shapers are in high demand at present. Our on-course team will be assisting with the construction, but the project will be managed and experienced overseen by Golf Course designer David Burrup. The planned construction schedule is expected to take around 7 – 10 days before a 3 – 4 month grow in period for the putting surface. The construction period is subject to the weather playing its part over during the initial period.

The 15th hole will be played shorter for the safety of workers (and golfers) as there will be plenty of heavy machinery moving in that precinct.

The rebuilt 17th tee is in play this week with all markers being moved over to the new tee so all players get to experience it. The new tee is considerably larger and flatter than the old and gives players a different angle into the green. The new tee also spreads the wear and tear over a larger area which should make for shorter recovery periods. Ideally our course needs considerably more teeing areas on most holes given that we are experiencing up to 1200 rounds of golf per week on occasions. The Par 3’s where a high number of players use irons tend to cop the most abuse and are up on the priority list. The next tee we’d like to attack is the much maligned 8th tee. The concept there is to build a new tee in front of the gully on 8 and once its ready and in play, rebuild the existing tee to make it larger, especially at the backmarkers and flatter overall. Then the 5th tee, then the….

Last Friday nights 100 Year Party was a great success. It was fantastic to see many members, staff and friends getting into the 1920’s spirit with some flapper dresses and gangster outfits. The DJ had plenty of people up and about dancing and having a great time. The room looked excellent and it felt like a bit of a throwback to the days of the Cabarets that used to be held at the Cairns Golf Club back in the day. A special thanks goes to the party organising committee of Jane Johannsen, Sue Barnard, Jen Wood, Midge Bell, Jen Spilsbury, Kim Hopa, Chloe Wilson and Siobhan Griffin. If you’d like to see pics, please check out our Facebook page for plenty of social pics from the night.

Next Friday 1st of December is Director of Golf Anton Booy’s last day at CGC. As I’ve said before Anton is going to be sorely missed by members and work colleagues alike. He’s been a real asset to the Club over the past 9 years with his dedication and diligence towards all things golf. Anton and his family are heading off on a holiday for a few weeks and we’re hoping to see him back out on course next year, playing golf (on the other side of the counter).

The Director of Golf role has been advertised via the Australian PGA and also on Golf Industry Central, a well-known recruitment agency in golf circles. We have already received a number of applications from overseas and some Australian based interests. Applications close on November 30 and we’re hoping to get the right person on board in the New Year.

Great news this week with our contracted teaching PGA Professional Shane McHenry agreeing to extend his contract. Shane has been with us for the last 2.5 years and has done a tremendous job with the junior programs, the women’s introductory pathway and plenty of golfers with improved swings and scores. After a number of changes in this space previously, it’s great to have Shane continue on giving the teaching program some real consistency over an extended period.

Voting ahead of next weeks Annual General Meeting commenced on Monday this week. All eligible voting members were sent an email outlining the details and more importantly profiles of the members nominating to take a Directors role at CGC. I’d like to implore everyone please spend a few minutes and read the profiles and consider casting a vote. Over the last few years, there tends to be comments from members that “they don’t know anybody” nominating so they’re not going to vote. Directors roles aren’t meant to be a popularity contest and it really should about be the best person for the job. Again, I’d ask that you please take an interest in your club and take to the time to read the profiles and cast your vote. Voting is open now and will close at 4pm Monday 27th of November.

Remaining Voting Times:

Friday 8:30am – 4pm

Saturday & Sunday 10am – 2pm

Monday 8:30am – 4pm

Please note there is no proxy or phone voting, you must attend the Clubhouse in person to receive your voting paper. Also, there is no voting for Directors at the AGM on Tuesday 28th of November at 5:30pm.
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Greg Smedts
Wayne Massey
Eric Haworth
Shane Barnes
Sam Bush
Geoffrey Last
Brad Dwyer

At this time of year, we start to see a lot more social groups out on course for Xmas work celebrations. Many of these people are non-golfers and simply out there having fun. If you happen to be out on course and see some players maybe not doing the right thing, please call the golf shop so our staff can steer them in the right direction.

This Saturday the clubhouse will be closed from 4pm as we have a Christmas function. For the arvo crew, post-game drinks can be purchased from the back-bar area (near ice machine).
The clubhouse will be also closing earlier than usual this Sunday. We know it’s starting to get hot and humid and apologise for the inconvenience.

Hope to see you around the traps!
Matt Bolton
General Manager

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Centenary Year History
Course Superintendent
I hope everyone has been enjoying the glorious weather, with only 1.5 mm of rain in the last 41 days the Golf Course is definitely benefiting from the irrigation system. On average 400,000 litres is being pumped out onto the course every day at a rate of 1.6 Litres a second.

The weather was on our side during greens renovations which allowed the whole process to happen without any interruptions. For the first time in several years we went deep into the greens – verti draining with 12mm solid tynes to the depth of 300mm at 100mm spacing this allowed us to achieve breaking up the profile, relieving compaction and to disturb the perched water table. The renovation process included 30 tonnes of sand onto the putting surfaces with over 800kg of amendments added. I’m very pleased with the results and would like to thank my team for all their efforts during this process.

Along with the renovation process the 1st, 2nd, 5th and 10th greens also received a double verti drain, hollow tyne coring, heavy top dressing and a granular fertiliser application. These greens need the extra attention along with extra fungicide and insecticide applications.

With greens renovations and the disruption of the putting surface profile comes some expected but unwanted growth (crows’ foot) and also opens up pathways for disease, knowing this the team and myself are being active with our treatments to foreign grasses in or near the putting surfaces. Added fungicide applications have also been applied to combat disease.

The 17th social tee “grow in “period has been a success and this tee will be open for play so watch for tee marker directional signs. This construction process has allowed us to see time frames and work procedures which will allow further improvements to other areas on course.

With the wet season approaching our attention is being moved towards drainage, you may have seen works around the course and green complexes, this process is to locate and repair any drainage issues. In most cases it is a standard repair but others are more complicated, the team and myself have identified the issues and are working towards rectifying the problem areas.

Upcoming works include herbicide applications to the driving range tee and fairway for foreign grass control. Bunkers edged, rotary hoed, weeds sprayed along with regular maintenance. Fairways, tee’s and surrounds will have a fertilizer and growth retardant application with the greens on their scheduled Pesticide program along with Fungicide applications to prevent disease due to the changing weather (humidity).

Ongoing cultural practices to the greens will continue to relieve compaction, reduce thatch levels and allow surface runoff. This includes grooming, verti- cutting and dusting.

See you on the course!

Golf course Superintendent
David Nielsen
Verti draining at a depth of 300mm
Irrigation – 1.6 litres a second
Coring 2nd green
Golf Shop
Can you believe that Christmas is only 6 weeks away? We will be having a Black Friday sale this Friday, 24th November. There’s going to be 20% off storewide (*excluding hardware & rangefinders). A perfect opportunity to get a last-minute Christmas present for the golfer in your life (or yourself!). In addition to this, we will be having a Titleist fitting day on Friday the 1st of December. This will be your last chance to get some custom fit golf clubs.

Another reminder that this year’s Members Christmas Party will be held on Saturday the 2nd of December, it will be a 4BBB format with 7am and 12:30pm shotgun starts. There will be post-game food (for morning & arvo fields) a best dressed on the day, raffles and some great Christmas themed prizes to win. Please book through the website with the normal comp fee of $15.

The women have finished their club matchplay rounds, congratulations to Evie Golightly winning 4/2, Lyn Small winning on the 22nd hole, and Suda Woodward winning 6/5. The Women’s presentation night will be on Thursday the 7th of December, you can book your spot in the office.
Our last Get into Golf Women’s sessions for 2023 with Shane. Register through the following link:
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Sunday the 26th will be our Juniors Christmas Party at Woree Pool. Ticket includes entry, wipeout, and lunch. Bookings are essential, no charge for CGC Juniors and only $10 for siblings. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book. Also, go and have a read of Jennifer Spilsbury’s article that got featured in the Cairns Post last week. Jen talks about the boom in our junior golf this year that Shane has cultivated. Read it here:
Read Article Here
Round 3 for our Queensland Country Bank Men’s Pennants team was on Sunday the 12th where we travelled to Atherton to play against Mossman. Unfortunately, we lost in all grades on the day. Congratulations to our A grade team who will be heading down to Babinda this weekend for the semi-final where we will compete against Innisfail GC for the Craig Harnett Cup. Fingers crossed we get the win and end up in the final on Sunday 26th. Again, thank you to Queensland Country Bank for their sponsorship and everyone who has played and supported this year’s season. Hopefully this weekend there won’t be any broken-down buses and that we can get some points on the board! Good luck boys!

Happy Golfing!

Anton & the Golf Shop Team
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Upcoming Events
22nd – 28th November
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Friday 24th November
Christmas Party in Clubhouse
8am – 2pm

Saturday 25th November
Private Function in Clubhouse from 6pm
Clubhouse closed from 4:30pm - back bar service available

Sunday 26th November
Juniors Christmas Party

Tuesday 28th November
FNQ Veteran Golfers Association Christmas Luncheon

Tuesday 28th November
CGC AGM – 5:30pm

Friday 1st December
Titleist Fitting Day
12pm – 5pm

Saturday 2nd December
Members Christmas Party

Thursday 7th December
Womens Presentation Night
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