Welcome to the March edition of the Toukley Golf Club 2020 monthly Captain’s report.

As all members are aware the previous February has been a difficult month for golfing, to say the least. The flooding on the Sunday 9th February inundated the course, with the consequence being the course was closed for two weeks. Many thanks to the our Course Superintendent Russell Morsillo and his Green Staff for their amazing efforts which enabled the re-opening of the course Saturday 22nd. A special thanks to the members who volunteered their time Tuesday 18th Feb to remove debris and clean up prior to re-opening. This is a great example of what makes Toukley the best Club on the Coast.

Due to the lost time changes were made to the program but luckily February is a relatively quiet month for events with the February Monthly Medal being moved to the 29th. This was also the first round of the Club best 7 from 9 Net Medal Trophy, the first of the yearly Medal running comps.

Unfortunately due to the flood several greens suffered damage from salt water and these greens are out of play until they can recover. The aim is to have these greens back in play for the Ladies Classic commencing Monday 9th March, but it is very unlikely the 8th green will be in play as the new green surface will need time to consolidate. Fortunately we have hole 12A as a substitute. Your understanding of the current situation is greatly appreciated.

The 2020/21 Golf Program book is now available and copies can be picked up from the office. Thanks again to the office staff for their hard work producing the program, especially Rebecca who patiently transcribed my notes into a useable booklet format.

Replacement of the Club’s server has now been completed which will resolve the ongoing issues with the website and some functions in the clubhouse. There may be some minor ongoing teething problems but these should be quickly resolved. On behalf of the board I would like to thank the members for their patience.

Once a month on Mondays we have a men’s and ladies single Stableford on our Orange course. Dates are listed in the yearly Program book and also on the website. The timesheets are available for bookings from two weeks prior. The Orange course is shorter and easier as there are no water carries. The normal 8th hole is not part of the Orange course and is replaced by a short par 4 to 12A instead. The Orange course is the same for men and ladies. The 15th tee is on the green side of the river Kwai which removes that sometimes knee trembling water carry. Visitors are welcome and pay the same competition and cart hire fee as members when playing in the Orange competitions. I would strongly recommend members playing in the Orange Comp, as this is an enjoyable experience and challenges different aspects of your game, no matter what your handicap or playing ability.

Good Golfing to all,

Jack Boardman, Club Captain, for and on behalf of the Match Committee.