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Round The Traps - 15th October 2020
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G'day Members,

With Saturday tee times at a premium due to increased levels of play, Saturday’s have been basically CGC Members only in recent months. We’ve been fielding a few queries about how visitors have been getting onto the timesheet, so I thought it best to clear up the procedure. CGC Members need to have first priority for the Saturday sheet and hence need to be given plenty of time to book their spots. Members/Golf Shop Staff cannot book a “Player 2” spot to hold a timeslot for a visitor. The Golf Shop is operating a waitlist for non CGC Members which from midday Friday (prior to Saturday’s sheet) will be used to visitors into any vacant slots. I realise this is not ideal for Members with out of town guests/family etc, but again, CGC Members must have priority. We are also looking to open a few more timeslots as the days are getting longer as we move into Summer. We will continue to monitor and adjust if necessary.

On the subject of timesheets, we’re going to move back to the 2 weeks in advance window for comp bookings from Friday 16th October. Hopefully the Covid stuff stays at bay and doesn’t force any more changes.

Well done to the Cairns Autospark and Mechanical Mens Pennant team who won all 3 grades last Sunday at Gordonvale against Innisfail GC. There were plenty of new faces in the team as well as a few Juniors playing their first ever pennants match so a great learning experience for all. Next up is Southern Districts @ Innisfail GC on Sunday 25th October.

The rescheduled Piccones Cairns Open went off well and congratulations to all players for being involved. There was a very high percentage of visitors (Qld only) at the event taking the advantage of the long weekend. The mobile phone scoring was well received with the majority of players willing to give it go. Being a new system, it was a learning curve for the staff (me included) as well so we had a couple of glitches and the Sunday draw took a while longer to publish than we hoped. Still a good test and congratulations to Annabelle Hutchings and Jason Smith (from Townsville GC) for taking out the overall event. Again a big thanks to Piccones Group of Companies for their support of Cairns Golf Club.

The Mens FNQGA 2020 Foursomes event is on Sunday 1st of November. Its played over 27 holes and more information is available here. Do yourself a favour, find a mate, book in a team and check out the great little track and hospitality at El Arish CC.

I know I sound like a broken record but the CGC App is getting worse by the week. Now it’s not even available on the Google Play store if you try to download it…. The supplier is playing games with us and we’re not happy about it. We are actively looking for a new supplier, but in the meantime all bookings etc are still available via the website.

This weekend is the final round of BDO Sunday Stableford Superleague with a shotgun start at 12:30pm. Even if you are out of the running, or haven’t even played one round, there is still cracking daily prizes up for grabs. Still plenty of spots so get a group together and book in for a fun day out. There will be post game presentations with nibblies included for all players.

Next weekend is the Club’s first 2 Day 2 Ball Ambrose Championship. The original Ambrose Day was introduced by the Balcony Boys and after many requests from members for a 2 Day event, we thought we’d give it a crack. Initially, we are hoping for it to be a member only event but if the Sunday field isn’t large, we’ll consider opening up to visitors. Comp fee is the standard $15 per player per day. For an extra bit of fun, as that weekend is the AFL & NRL Grand Finals, we’re having a Footy Fancy Dress theme. Prizes for best dressed both days. Book via the usual channels. The golf comps are set up for Mens and Womens (separately) with any mixed teams competing in the Mens field. If we do receive a large amount of mixed team entries, we’ll look to create a separate competition for them.

Sad news with long time CGC staff member and gardener extraordinaire Michelle Musgrave finishing up last Friday. Michelle has been an integral part of the course improvements over the past 12 years and will be sorely missed. She is leaving to work in a FIFO role alongside her husband so they can spend more time together. Thanks Michelle for all your hard work over the years.

All Members should also take note of the official Notice of AGM which is detailed further in this edition of RTT.
Hope to see you Round the Traps soon.

Matt Bolton
General Manager

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Michelle Musgrave

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Well done to all players that survived the challenging conditions of the Piccones Cairns Open, and a big thank you to everyone for your patience with the trialling of the new GolfGenius software. It was certainly an interesting weekend with the trophy being anyone’s for the taking. After a mixed bag of scores, a big congratulations to local superstar Annabelle Hutchings and former member Jason Smith (Townsville GC) sealing the deal in the respective Men’s and Women’s Championships. Annabelle and Jason have both previously won this event.
Our Cairns Auto Spark Pennants Teams have started off the season with all grades happily heading home with a win from Gordonvale against Innisfail.
The next match will be on the 25th of this month at Innisfail against the Southern Districts teams.

Please remember to check online bookings if you are looking at playing a social game of golf at any day of the week. It is imperative that we are able to keep a track of who is at the course and who is expected for adhering to the COVID regulations of social distancing etc., we do understand that sometimes it is just a spur of the minute decision to play late in the afternoon if the weather is nice etc. but if you could please just give us a call on your way to the course it would be greatly appreciated.

At the same time, please ensure that you are calling up to cancel your bookings, this does affect your playing partners and the field so please be courteous and let us know if you won’t be able to make it.

Just your friendly, fortnightly reminder that all of the COVID regulations must be adhered to:
  • You must ‘check in’ with the QR code or the manual form every time you come out to the golf course, even if you are just practicing.
  • We do ask that even though you are marking your own scorecard, that you mark down another player in the group’s scores and cross check them at the end, this has been approved by R&A and USGA under Rule 3.3b.
  • With rakes still out of the bunkers, please remember to be respectful to the players behind you and ‘snake rake’ the bunkers, this means sweeping your foot from side to side as you leave the bunker to smooth out uneven patches of sand. The players behind you will certainly appreciate the smoothed lie as they take their preferred lie of 1 card length.
  • As much as it may be a habit for you, don’t touch the flags! We are constantly out sanitising, but cannot sanitise between each group, your assistance is greatly appreciated.
  • At the end of your round, hand shaking is not permitted, however there have been some great alternatives coming out, such as the foot tap, air high fives, elbow bumps and the crowd favourite - fist bump.
Upcoming events

The annual ‘Balcony Boys’ Ambrose is set to become a talking point, with it moving to a 2 day Championship format held on Saturday the 24th & Sunday the 25th October! Get your team together for what is sure to be a great weekend, with plenty of laughs to be had.

ROUND 5 FINAL: Sunday 18th October
12:30pm Shotgun start

Open to all players from all clubs – golf carts at members prices for visitors! (Superleague only)
Best 3 scores out of 5 rounds
Fantastic daily Men’s & Women’s Prizes plus overall prizes to be won.
Bookings can be made online or call the golf shop on 4037 6777

As this is the final round, presentations and nibbles will be held in the clubhouse after the game. Please keep in mind that we are restricted to 50 inside, however outside seating can be utilised as well.

Brie Webb & Shannon Coad
Golf Operation Managers

Thank you to all of our members and guests who have been supporting the CGC Junior Golf Containers for Change Program. Please don’t forget to drop your recyclable containers in to the bins provided around the Golf Shop.

Money raised so far: $4804.20
100s Board:

#64 – Alan, Dumi & Greg

Great Northern Brewing Co. Camping Pack:

Neal Arnott
14th – 20th October
Weekly Sponsor


15th October
CGC Annual Charity Golf Day

16th October
HIA Golf Day 8am
Please phone the Golf Shop for availability

18th October
Sunday Stableford Superleague Final 12:30pm Shotgun start

24th – 25th October
CGC Ambrose Championship

25th October
Pennants Round 2 at Innisfail

25th – 26th October
Greens Renovations (weather permitting)

28th October – 3rd November
Weekly Sponsor

Save the Date

Saturday 14th November
Members Appreciation Day

Sunday 13th December
Robert Cup
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Cairns Golf Club

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