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Round The Traps

Round The Traps - 11th January 2021
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G'day Members,

Happy New Year and all that jazz to you all.

The Club was pretty busy over the Xmas break without too much rainfall impacting play. It’s a little bit different this week with plenty of wet stuff in the gauge which is also giving the drains/creeks a good flush out.

This time of year tends to see a few electrical storms around FNQ as well. For players safety, the Club operates with a 'lightning policy' using best practice industry guidelines. The short version of the policy is… if a lightning strike registers inside a 10km radius of the Club, the air horn is sounded 3 times, suspending all play. All players must mark their ball and leave the course at that time, regardless of how many holes they have left. This is not negotiable and players do not have the option to remain on course. Play is then suspended until 30 minutes after the last lightning strike inside the 10km radius. Staff use lightning detection/warning apps to track the strikes and monitor locations, before resounding the horn a further 3 times to signal its safe to return to play. PA announcements will also assist. This is the situation that occurred last Saturday with one lightning strike only 2700m from the club (it knocked out power in Forest Gardens area.) There were then a number of strikes south of the Club around the 8km mark which prolonged the suspended play period. The staff understand it is frustrating to only have a few holes left and have play suspended due to lightning, but this is being done for your protection. The last thing we want to see is a fatality on the course.

The COVID situation is forever changing and the Club is not alone in being impacted by close contacts of staff, members etc. The biggest thing we need is for all players to wear masks inside the Golf Shop and Clubhouse (except while seated). In the Clubhouse this includes walking to the bar, walking to the toilets/locker rooms and walking in the doors. Bring your mask and wear it, please.

If/when our staff levels are impacted by COVID, the golf shop will have priority and potentially see the Clubhouse close, to allow staff to work out of the shop to keep the course open. We are also taking steps to ensure our Greens staff are protected to avoid any mass infections of the crew, which would then impact on the course.

With the heavy rainfall around the place at present, the Clubhouse/Bar is not always going to open as normal. Drinks and food are normally available from the Golf Shop during these times. The Locker Rooms & Toilets will still be open when the Golf Shop is open.

Don’t forget the Cairns Regional Council Links Drive roadworks will start next week (17th January). Work will commence at the northern end of Links Drive, near the treatment plant and will progress south in sections. Traffic will be reduced to one lane at the work area, with access under traffic control. All works are currently programmed to be completed in September 2022, subject to change.

The irrigation install is still progressing well after a short break over Xmas. The contractors have installed more mainline down Holes 13 & 14 and are likely to start on some ploughing in of sprinklers in the coming weeks. Thanks to all for your patience and understanding as the crew track around the course.

Our major golf tournament dates are all locked in for the coming year with a list of events included down below. Hopefully the Covid world settles down a little and we can back to having some fun events tacked to the tournaments.

We have a new face in the Golf Shop, with Hayden Dunn joining our team. Hayden comes to us from Brisbane and is looking to join the PGA Associate program (formerly Trainee) intake in late 2022 to have a career in his first 2 weeks.

We have a fun event with a difference coming up on Australia Day. It’s a 2-person Team event with a shotgun start at 12:30pm. See below for the full details and book your team in for the day.

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

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We trust that you all had a safe and happy Holiday Season, and are looking forward to hitting some great shots in 2022.
Now is a great time to have a chat to Shane to set your goals for this year and grind in some good habits on the range while this weather is around. With the use of Trackman & Game Improvement packages available, make sure you hit this year’s Major Season running.

If you’re looking to integrate some new technology and treat yourself, we will have Cameron from Callaway here on the 18th of Feb, where he will be fitting and able to provide information on the new Rouge & Chrome Soft ball range. Bookings are available via the Golf Shop.

The 2022 Golfing Season will officially kick off with our Open Day on Thursday 3rd of February. Our 2021 Club Champions Matt Spilsbury & Annabelle Hutchings will hit the first tee shots of the season.
The 2022 Major Events dates have now been finalised, so make sure you check out the full list below & plan out your ‘peak weeks’.
You will notice a few different events slotted into the calendar this year, a number of members have expressed interest in more than just Stroke & Stableford competitions. We will ensure that these are scheduled correctly as to not affect handicapping & routines around major events. If there are any events that you would like to see, please let the Golf Shop know.

Australia Day will be the first of these fun events, with a different take on an ‘Irish’ style event, with 2 players per team for the 12:30pm shotgun start. Holes 1-6 are to be an Ambrose, 7-12 are a Fourball and 13-18 will be a Foursome. With Meat Tray Raffles, Plugger Chuckin’ contests and prizes for the best dressed, it’s sure to be a day you won’t want to miss! Bookings are now open online or through the Golf Shop.

Just a friendly reminder, as we are coming into wet season, if you have no intentions of playing, please cancel your bookings via the website or Golf Shop. It is very disappointing for your playing partners if they are expecting you to arrive to mark their competition scorecard, and you leave them high and dry.
Before teeing off, double check the Local Rules board as conditions can change rapidly, even between the morning & afternoon. If conditions dictate Carts to Paths, please ensure that you follow this. No player is exempt from this rule & it is to ensure that your golf course is protected.
If there is dangerous weather around, the siren will be set off 3 times consecutively, this means that play has been suspended. Upon hearing the siren all players must mark their ball & (preferably) make their way back to the clubhouse until play is resumed. Once the threat has passed, the siren will be sounded once & play may resume again. If you see any threat to players (weather, wildlife or others on course) please call the Golf Shop so that we may deal with any issues that arise.

As borders have opened & restrictions have changed, we remind you that if you are unwell, even if they are not COVID-like symptoms, to please stay at home.

That being said, good luck and happy golfing for 2022.

Anton & the Golf Shop Team
100s Board:

#13 – Toby, Pratzy, Dan & Jason
26th January
Australia Day 2 Ball
12:30pm Shotgun start

3rd February
CGC Open Day

5th February
Calanna Whole Health Monthly Medal

2022 Major Events to add to your calendar

Cairns Open
Saturday 30th April & Sunday 1st May

Womens Country Week
Monday 9th – Wednesday 11th May

Mens FNQ Open Championship
Friday 8th – Sunday 10th July

City of Cairns
Saturday 30th July – Sunday 7th August

Club Championships
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st August
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August
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Cairns Golf Club

Phone: (07) 4037 6700 | Fax: (07) 4054 4709 | Email:
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