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Friday 27 October 2023

  • President's Update
  • Course Report
  • Member House Accounts - MiMembership 
  • Club Championships
  • Melbourne Cup
  • Sports Bar Action
  • Women's Report
  • Club Christmas Party
  • Movember - Raffle Tickets on Sale
  • Upcoming Events
  • Joke for the Week

President's Update
I would like to update you on a few things that have recently occurred, or are in the planning phase.

Firstly, I'd like to report back on the Sports Bar which officially opened on Friday, 22 September. In the last few weeks, our products and services have been steadily fine-tuned and your Board and Management are confident that the renovated Bar provides members and guests with a quality, new and exciting venue for the Ryde area.

The Sports Bar encompasses many upgrades including removing gaming from the Club Lounge, a greater focus on sport, a snack menu and new beverages, including cocktails. In the month since opening Members and guests have enjoyed over 400 Cocktails and 8,000 plus beverages as well as consumed 110 burgers and 100 share plates highlighting only a few of the many food options available.  On the Grand Final weekend, the Club was busier than ever before. Shown below is the comparison for September for the past 6 years. 

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It is pleasing to note that the Sports Bar development has been funded out of current cash reserves and is already contributing revenue. I also note that some Members felt that more communication was required and your Board will strive to do so, as we move forward. As an aside, I'd like to congratulate the Architects, Builders, Management and the Construction Working Group (especially Anthony Ryan, Steve Callaghan and Ross Donaldson) for the fantastic result that has been achieved on time and on budget.

Next week you will see some changes taking place to the kitchen reception and entrance passage to modernise and enable easier access,

The next 2 projects your Board is considering are:

  • Redevelopment of the 14th Green and surrounds, as per the Master Plan and
  • Repurpose of the old gaming area, into a child-friendly area.

These are being scoped and planned for the next 6-8 months and Management will pin-up artist's impressions and plans as they become available.

For many years now, the 19th News has been published weekly. From 1 November this will change to fortnightly, to relieve some of the administrative burden, but also pivot slightly to be more golf-oriented with increased content on rules, etiquette and competitions and reduced advertising which will be done mainly through social media, the onsite TVs and the external display screens.

As we move into the busiest time of the year, which is also likely to be dry, may I please ask you to take special care of the course? Repair your pitch and divots marks, keep carts and buggies away from greens and worn areas, exit to the back of greens (not via the front worn areas which also holds up play) and keep up the pace of play to reduce the general wear and tear on the course.

Happy golfing and enjoy your time on the course as it springs into life.

Mark Mathieson - President

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Around the Course

Hello all, I hope everyone is well. Staff continue with regular mowing practices around the course. With club championships currently taking place, an increase in rolling practices has begun, which will increase the firmness of the surfaces. This will lead to increased speeds across the surfaces.

Turfing works have now been completed. Turf works included the 8th tee and 2nd green surround. In the coming weeks, once the 8th tee has established a healthy root system, the surface will receive an application of top-dressing sand to ensure a smooth true playing surface. I ask that all golfers please stay off the newly laid turf.

On your travels around the course, you may have seen a number of red circles which would be located in the roughs. These markings are for tree plantings which greens staff have been busily preparing the holes for.

Ongoing audits are continuing with identification of irrigation issues across the site. These issues are small leaks, sprinkler heads which are found to be faulty, and ensuring water is being used more efficiently with the increased temperatures and below average rainfall.

Luke Telford - Course Superintendent 

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Your Membership Card Inactive 2-3 days

As mentioned in our last newsletter the Club will be moving to the MiMembership system from 1 November, thus the interruption in use of Membership Cards during the upgrade period. Thank you in advance for your support and patience as we complete these much needed technology improvements. We will provide more details on MiMembership and its benefits to Members once we are live.

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Club Championships

Last Saturday after the first four groups had played the 2nd hole it becomes apparent that the hole was located such that the ball would not stop near the hole due to the severity of the slope, which resulted in several players taking an excessive number of putts. Following a close review of the R&A guidance on "Moving the Position of the Hole Due to Severity of Position In stroke play" by the Captain, Vice Captain and two other Golf Committee members enacted the rule:

  • Suspend play, relocate the hole and have the players who played the hole return at the conclusion of their rounds to replay the hole. The score for the hole for these players is the score achieved after the hole is relocated.

The impacted players were all contacted or left messages to come back and replay the hole.  Safeguards have been put in place, to ensure this will not occur again. 

As we move into round 2 for the Men's Club Championships, round 2 (Final) for Veteran Men and round 3 for the Women we would like to wish all our players the very best as they progress through the rounds.

To view Championship qualifiers please CLICK HERE.  Or view on the Members page on the website.

Next Sunday 5 November we see the accumulation of the Club Championships with the formal Club Championship Presentation in the Club Lounge to commence around 5pm. All welcome to come celebrate this major annual Club Championship Event and cheer the final winners.

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Melbourne Cup Tuesday 7 November

Join us in the Sports Bar or the Club Lounge for this Year's Melbourne Cup! No booking required but we will take bookings for tables of 6 or more. Live coverage will commence at 11am and lunch will be available from the Sports Bar or Dragon on the Green. Enjoy a cocktail with the cocktail of the day only $10 and Happy Hour drinks prices available between 2pm and 4pm. Sweep tickets on us!

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Be Here for this Weekend's Action

Just a few highlights of the many sporting options to view this weekend in the Sports Bar:

Friday 27 Oct - Gold Coast 500 practice 12:30pm & 4:30pm, Golf World Tour Qatar Masters  7pm.

Saturday 28 Oct
- Gold Coast 500 Qualifying Race 12:35pm - Shootout 2.05pm- Race one 4:45pm, Australia Vs New Zealand Cricket World Cup 4pm, The Invitation Royal Randwick 4:45pm, Cox Plate 5:10pm, Australia Vs New Zealand Women's Rugby League Pacific Championships 6pm, Australia Vs New Zealand Men's Rugby League Pacific Championships 8:10pm.

Sunday 29 Oct - Soccer Women's Olympic Qualifying Australia Vs Philippines 6:10pm, Gold Coast 500 Qualifying Race 2 11:05am - Shootout 12:35pm - Race 2 3:15pm, Australia Vs South Africa Netball Test Series 4pm,  Thailand MotoGP Race 7pm, European Tour Qatar Masters 7pm.

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Women's Report

Club Championships:   Round 3 will be played this Sunday.  Please CLICK HERE on the attached sheet to see those who have qualified and will be playing

Melbourne Cup:  Tuesday 7 November is Melbourne Cup Day and we will be playing an Irish Stableford with a shotgun start at 8am.  When making your booking please make sure the first row of holes 1 - 18 are filled before doubling up on any hole.  We would also ask you to pre-pay your $16 competition fee by going to the prepayment timesheet and entering your payment details.  This will help the pro shop on the day. 

Friendly Day at Asquith:  This year the friendly day between North Ryde and Asquith will be held at Asquith on Thursday 16th November.  This date has been changed from the one in the fixture book.  The sheet is out in the locker room for you to put your name down if you would like to go to Asquith and represent North Ryde.  The closing date to submit names will be 7 November.  Please join us for this fun day and let's see if we can retain the trophy.

Barbara Evennett - Women's Captain

Melbourne Cup After Play:  Presentation will be held downstairs in the Halfway Bar, which will be open for service and in the lead up to the race we will be having:-

  • Your hat can be fancy, fabulous, flirtatious or just fun
  • Please place your name on the list in the locker room if you are attending for lunch.
Couple of reminders: Remember to return your Trophies prior our Presentation Day (28 Nov) and we would love to see donations for our Christmas Hampers coming. Thank you so much.

Eve Sheppard - Women's President 
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Veterans' Party Day, Thursday, 23 November: The sheets are on the bench in the locker room for the 9 hole competition (cost $7), or if just coming to the luncheon. Please enter your names either way as we need to give the numbers to the kitchen for catering.

Cost of the lunch for financial members of the Veterans is $20.  For non-members wishing to join us on our fun day the full cost is $29.

Everyone is welcome to join us for our end of the year event.

Place your money in an envelope with your NAME into the VETS CARD BOX. 

So start organising your tables of 12.  When your table is finalised, please give the names to Cheryl Ward.

AGM at 12.30pm - Lunch at 1pm followed by the presentation of prizes of the day & the Veterans Major Trophies won during the year plus our fun raffle.

Marlene Peters - Women Veterans' Delegate

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Save the Date

As we all start to look forward to Christmas with our loved ones and friends, put Saturday 2 December in your Diaries to join us in the Club for our annual Christmas Party. Get your dancing shoes on and put your Christmas spirit in gear, we look forward to seeing you here!

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Free TRIVIA Wednesdays
Come and join us for free TRIVIA on Wednesday nights 7 pm or a little earlier to order some dinner from either our Sports Bar or Chinese (Dragon on the Green) menu in our Members Lounge. Bring your answer to the weekly question above for an extra point for your team for this coming Wednesday, 1 November.

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Be part of the Movember movement at the Club this year! We invite all our members & patrons to join in and support men's health through:

1.     Men Growing a Mo - be clean shaven by 31 October and 'Grow a Mo" for Movember and with a $5 donation to Movember via the Club.  Submit your 'Mo photo' by 5pm on Thursday, 24 November to the Club Office so we can vote on 'The best, worst, weirdest, funniest or leaves the most desired' Mo! Maybe your Mo will be like golf - sometimes inconsistent, patchy, but every once in a while, someone might produce a miracle, give it a go.

2.     Buy Raffle Tickets - Tickets for Movember NRGC raffle with over $2,000 value in prizes are now available via NRGC Reception.

3.     Movember Presentation Saturday 25 November from 5pm - put this in your diary for a fun "hairy" night and raffle draw.

Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends are dying too young. The funds you raise are taking on some of the biggest issues impacting men's health:

  • Men's mental health and suicide prevention
  • Prostate cancer
  • Testicular cancer

Join us to be part of the Movember movement this year. Head to movember.com for more information.

Upcoming Events

FRI 27 OCT- Meat Raffle from 5:30pm, $1,400 Members Cash Draw
SAT 28 OCT - Club Championships Round 2 - A, A Reserve, B & C Grades (Players with 12 best scratch scores in each grade for 1st & 2nd qualify for 3rd & 4th Rounds - Stroke)
SAT 28 OCT - Monthly Medal (November - Stroke) 
SUN 29 OCT - Women's Championships (Div 1 - 4) Round 3 (Stroke)
SUN 29 OCT -
 Encourage playing away Vs Massey Park at Massey Park 
MON 30 OCT - Vets Championships - Round 2 (Stroke)
WED 1 NOV - TRIVIA 7pm Club Lounge

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North Ryde Golf Club
Twin Road, North Ryde, NSW 2113

P: (02) 9887 4422
E: office@northrydegolfclub.com.au


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