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From the GM's Desk
G'day Members,

How nice is it to see the sun out? FINALLY! The whole of FNQ has breathed a sigh of relief over the past 2 weeks and golfers have returned in droves to CGC. Last week (1st week of sun in 6 months) saw 940 players out on course from Wednesday through Sunday. It’s safe to say, the Club is busy again! Please remember to book your round via the MiClub membership portal in advance as even on Monday this week, 140+ players were getting a round in enjoying the “bleak” FNQ winter conditions.

I’ve got a big favour to ask all members…next time you are booking in for a game on the MiClub membership portal, could you please spend 30 seconds and update/check your contact details and in particular, your emergency contact details. The emergency contact details are quite important especially when medical emergencies occur at the Club. Those details are used by staff and emergency personnel at your greatest time of need. While we hope it never happens to you, please update those details for your benefit.

10 of our new E-Z-GO RXV carts arrived last week with another 5 expected any day now. This is part of our planned 4-year rotation of our cart fleet at a cost of over $200k this time around. The new carts were ordered with USB plugs but were not installed prior to delivery. They will be installed in the coming weeks by the dealer’s service agent.

The TAB TV’s in the Clubhouse were installed last weekend but are currently only showing our FOXTEL channels. The SKY Channel component is expected to be installed next week and after some minor staff training, the system will go live.

The Mens 2024 Cairns Golf World FNQ Open registrations are filling very quickly. There is already over 100 nominations for the 2-day, 36 Hole Stroke event held on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th of July. Trinity Auto Group are also putting up a Hole in One prize of a $20,000 MG3 for the first ace recorded on the 2nd hole on Sunday. Please note nominations are via Golf Genius and not via the usual MiClub portal.

The 2024 FNQ Womens Golf Open nomination forms also dropped today. The event is to be held on the same weekend in July at Half Moon Bay GC.

Refer further down in this edition of RTT for more details on how to nominate for both events.

A huge thanks to our sponsor Queensland Country Bank for supporting our Saturday Monthly Medals for the next 2 years. Winners of the June monthly medal (and future winners) can collect their medals from the Golf Shop.

The June 30 Membership renewals were emailed out on the 4th of June. If you have not received yours, please check your email SPAM / JUNK directory before calling the office during business hours.

The Club’s move over to skill-based tees is back on track after some minor hiccups. The new tees will be Black (back), White (middle) and Green (front) in colour. Overall the course lengths will be 6051, 5472 and 5154 metres with the slope ratings expected next week. We’re trying to coordinate new signage, scorecards (inc. electronic) to be installed on the same day, before the FNQ Open in July, but with plenty of moving parts, there’s no guarantee. We’re also hoping to have the new tee blocks ready to roll with the new skill-based concept. We will update all members as the date firms up.

Next week, all members will be receiving a survey via email. The club is working with Golf Australia and “golf specific” survey company Players 1st. Keep an eye out on your emails late next week.
Hope to see you round the traps!

Matt Bolton
General Manager

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Course Superintendent
I’m not sure if anyone is happier than the crew and myself to see the sunshine, a very long wet season has left the course with some work to do. The biggest issue over the last few months has been the cloud coverage with little to no sunshine, light is the main part of turf health and with the constant rain keeping the water table full, the combination has impacted the turf. The areas of algae sitting on top of the turf canopy were drowning the plant, now the sunshine is drying out the greens and our cultural practices can remove the algae which will allow the turf to breathe.

With the latest stretch of sunshine, the course is definitely starting to dry out, but the greens that were at high moisture rates are still in need of sunlight. Moisture readings at 30% and soil temperatures this week below 20 degrees. The cooler temperatures will slow down any natural growth to the turf, to assist this the greens maintence program will include increasing liquid fertiliser applications, Solid tynes and adding granular fertiliser.

Crows foot and carpet grass have proven again to thrive in all conditions, the crew and some dedicated volunteers are very present in the process to eliminate these foreign varieties. The task of “dabbing” is a successful control method and with the herbicide application earlier in the year limiting outbreaks and making the process manageable.

The maintenance team have been very dedicated in preparing the course for the upcoming dry season. Ongoing works include the cart paths being edged, bunkers having the rotary hoe through the bases, raking, adding and moving sand to washout areas, dusting the new tees on holes 3 & 8, along with fairways, tee’s and surrounds having a fertiliser and growth retardant application. Increased fertiliser to the greens will let the turf move into weaker areas along with controlled fungicides to combat the present diseases. Ongoing cultural practices will continue to relieve compaction, reduce thatch levels, allow surface runoff and manually remove algae.

Let’s keep that sun shining!

David Nielsen
Golf course Superintendent
Root Growth in Greens
Rotary Hoe Bunkers
Topdressing new Tee’s
Paths being edged
 
Golf Shop
It’s great to finally see the sun, just in time for many of our major events.

The rescheduled FNQ Surgical 4BBB Championships is planned for the weekend of the 22nd & 23rd of June. Entries are filling fast so be sure to book in as soon as possible to secure a spot.
The Cairns Golf Club Solahart Junior Open will be played on Monday 24th June & Tuesday 25th June. Best of luck to all our juniors competing. Thank you to Blake & Sarah Sexton from Cairns Solahart for their ongoing support.

Entries are open for the FNQ Open, held on 6th & 7th July. Click below to register.
FNQ OPEN
Members Appreciation Day proved to be a great day with 221 players for the double shotgun start. 3 players had a fantastic 42 points. Well done to Ray Neill, Alex Cracknell & Tormod Westvik.

Sunday saw the first Scramble of the season, we had 92 players. Congratulations to winners, Chris Adams, Hayden Harding, Rodney Swaffer & Beau Vowles with a nett score of 55.87.

Our June Monthly Medal winners were Vicky Bevan, Patrick Donaghy, Clinton Orford & Brett Potter.

Congratulation to the Mary Griffiths Matchplay qualifiers: Cathy Coverdale, Cheryl Loxton, Helen McLellan, Erina Williams, Lil Benfield, Belle Gillan, Diane Diversi & Sai Lenz. Best of luck to everyone.

Rule of the Month – Definition: General Area

The area of the course that covers all of the course except for the other four defined areas: (1) the teeing area the player must play from in starting the hole they are playing. (2) all penalty areas. (3) all bunkers, and (4) the putting green of the hole the player is playing.

The general area includes:

All teeing locations on the course other than the teeing area, and

All wrong greens.

I strongly encourage members to download the R&A Rules of Golf App. It can be a great tool to assist whilst out on the course.
R&A APP
A reminder to member’s, we are committed to Price Matching. If a particular product is not instore, we are happy to place an order. Demos are available in many brands, try before you buy. With 3 PGA Professionals onsite, book a fitting or lesson today.

Happy Golfing!

Kane & the Golf Shop Team

Kane Nusteling
Director of Golf

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Members Update
100’s Board

05/06/2024 – #26
CC’s

Members Appreciation Day
08/06/2024

Meat Tray Raffles
  1. Kev Singleton
  2. Siobhan Griffin
  3. Scott Bailey
  4. Alastair Inglis
Upcoming Events
12th – 18th June
Weekly Sponsor

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Friday 14th June
Housing Industry Golf Day
Course closed AM


19th – 25th June
Weekly Sponsor

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Friday 21st June
Master Plumbers Golf Day
Course closed AM


Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd June
FNQ Surgical 4BBB Championships

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Monday 24th – Tuesday 25th June
Cairns Solahart Junior Open

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26th June – 2nd July
Weekly Sponsor

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Friday 28th June
Master Electricians Golf Day
Course closed AM

Sunday 30th June
Cairns Total Physio Sunday Superleague Round 2

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Tuesday 2nd July
FNQVGA

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th July
FNQ Open Championship

Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th July
Womens FNQ Open
Half Moon Bay Golf Club
CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM


2024 Major Events

Monday 22nd – Sunday 28th July
Trinity Auto Group City of Cairns Week

Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th August
NQ Fire Club Championships Rounds 1 & 2

Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th August
NQ Fire Club Championships Rounds 3 & 4

Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th October
Piccones Cairns Open
 
Thanks to our Sponsors
 
Thanks to our Supporters
 
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