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From the GM's Desk
G'day Members,

The wet weather continues to play havoc in the region for all golf courses including ours. We really need a good week of sunshine and breeze to dry the course out and let our grounds crew catch a break. While the rains have been driving us golfers crazy, please spare a thought for our on-course team who have been battling away for months now with the extended wet. It’s definitely been a case of “cut when we can” and hopefully we’re starting to come towards the end now. This type of wet weather is exactly why the Piccones Cairns Open was moved from the May Day Long weekend to an October weekend in recent years.

We have recently ordered a specialist trencher unit with a view to installing more drainage on the driving range and on course. The unit attaches to our existing loader and will enable our team to attack the problem wet areas around the place. Initially, the driving range will see the most activity as we need the range to be our wet weather alternative for members and players. The range seems to have been closed more this year than ever before and this simply can’t happen any longer. The unit will also enable our team to fix problem areas like the spring on the 11th fairway and the left side of the cart path on hole #3. We’ll post some videos on our social media when the unit arrives and is in action.

The continued wet has also put our next 3 x tee construction on hold. We simply can’t use 5 – 7 tonne machines on course while the ground is still so soft. Once we get a continued dry spell, we’ll get the machines out on course and get the construction underway.

The cyclone damaged sail over the clubhouse deck is currently being remade. Hopefully it’s not too far away from be reinstalled by contractors for our peak golf season. We’re also attempting to reseal/oil the timber deck underneath the sail, but the weather hasn’t been helping.

Those members with a keen eye for detail may have noticed the timber distance markers on each tee have also had a rework. They’re now back to looking their best after a few years of our harsh tropical climate.

Some great news with our long awaited new $120,000 Toro roughs’ mower expected to land in the next few weeks. In past years, we’ve typically traded or sold our old roughs’ mower when the new one arrived. As our old unit is still in good condition and the trade in value was quite low, we’ve decided to hold onto it and run the two mowers in tandem. This will enable our on-course team to get the rough cut twice as fast, which is going to be very helpful after rain events. It will hopefully also free up more labour to be able to do more project work around the course at different times. We’re still hopeful of seeing the $120,000 full electric (almost silent) greens mower in this financial year, which will assist in getting more players our onto the course in the early mornings.

How good was it to see LIV Golf Adelaide broadcast live on free to air TV for 3 days last week? The crowds were unbelievable and it was a real shot in the arm for our sport in this country. Whatever your take is on the LIV vs PGA Tours, its great to have millions of eyeballs on our sport, in our country, in prime time.

Our Corporate Golf season is about to get underway next Friday 10th of May with the Cairns Chamber of Commerce Day. Most corporate or charity days are typically held on Friday’s during the year. During event season, the course is typically closed to all other play, so please keep an eye on the timesheets and make sure you book in your Friday social rounds through the usual channels. We do also include a list of upcoming events in these RTT newsletter so keep an eye on that space too. These events are a great advertisement for our Club as well as a good revenue driver which helps to keep membership fees down.

Great news this week with the Clubs 100 Year Anniversary Commemorative Magazine arriving on site. The magazine is a fantastic memento for all CGC Members and took many, many months of work to produce. A massive thanks goes out to CGC Member Jen Spilsbury for her amazing efforts in pulling the editorial together for the magazine. Quite frankly, the mag would not have happened without Jen volunteering her time and skillset. It was a huge undertaking and we should all be very thankful for her efforts. The magazine is free for all Club Members and are available for collection at the Clubhouse and in the Golf Shop.
Hope to see you round the traps!

Matt Bolton
General Manager

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Golf Shop
Rain rain go away! Surely the weather will improve soon.

Thanks to all the Members who attended the Masters Breakfast. Scotty Scheffler proved too good at Augusta. Congratulations to Colin Harding on winning his first Cairns Green Jacket.

Congratulations to our 2024 Mixed Foursomes Champions Pieter & Christelle Prinsloo and also our Nett Winners, Wayne & Tegan Siekman.

The Corporate season begins on Friday the 10th of May. The Cairns Chamber of Commerce is the first event on the calendar & looks like being a great day.

The Golf Shop Re-fit is scheduled for later this month, the team in the Golf Shop are excited with the upcoming changes and shopfitting options.

Our Superintendent Dave is planning on dusting & verticutting the Greens on Tuesday 7th May weather permitting.

The 4BBB Championships are being played on Saturday the 18th & Sunday the 19th May. Bookings will open shortly with preference given to those playing both days. Sunday will be a 12pm Shotgun Start with a maximum of 144 players.

Rule of the Month – Relief when entire bunker is defined as Ground under Repair.

When a bunker is being repaired & the committee defines the entire bunker as ground under repair, it is treated as part of the general area. If your ball is in a bunker that the committee has defined as ground under repair, you may take free relief outside the bunker by dropping a ball in this relief area:

⛳️ Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief in the general area (& outside the bunker).

⛳️ Size of Relief Area measured from Reference Point: One Club length, but with these limits:

⛳️ Limits on Location of relief Area:

⛳️ Must be in the general area.

⛳️ Must not be nearer the hole than the Reference Point, and

⛳️ There must be complete relief from all interference by the ground under repair.

Tip of the Month – Approach Play. When the flag is near a bunker or penalty area, play for the open side of the green minimising the risk of putting the ball into trouble. This should help take any unwanted doubles of the scorecard.

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

18/04/2024 – #96
Phildo, Deaco, Kev & Spillane
Upcoming Events
Saturday 4th May
Monthly Medal

4th – 5th May
Carpentaria Open
Cardwell Open


8th – 14th May
Weekly Sponsor


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Friday 10th May
Cairns Chamber of Commerce Golf Day
9:30am shotgun start - course closed until 3pm


15th – 21st May
Weekly Sponsor


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Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th May
FNQ Surgical 4BBB Championships

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18th – 19th May
Half Moon Bay Open

22nd – 28th May
Weekly Sponsor


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Friday 24th May
IQA Golf Day
12pm shotgun start – course closed PM


25th – 26th May
Cairns Hardware Classic @ Gordonvale GC
Mitsubishi Classic @ Mareeba GC


Sunday 26th May
Cairns Total Physio Sunday Superleague Round 1

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Tuesday 28th May
FNQVGA

Friday 31st May
Family of League Golf Day
12pm Shotgun start – please phone golf shop for availability



2024 Major Events

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th July
FNQ Open Championship

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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