Current News & Member Information
* July – Ringwood in Winter
* June – Waterford Valley a washout
* May – Autumn at Cardinia Beaconhills
* April – Yering Meadows on April Fools Day
* Mar. – New ESVGA course Berwick Montuna popular
* Feb. – Best field for 12 months at Gardiners Run
* Jan. – 2019 off to a good start at Eastwood.
Ringwood in Winter – 1st July
Ringwood golf course was in good condition considering the week of rain leading up to the game. The day was mainly overcast with the odd sunny periods and no rain. A good field enjoyed the day with winners scoring in the high thirties.
Waterford Valley a washout – 3rd June
With predictions of severe storms the management at Waterford Valley kindly agreed to postpone the game to 9th December. Although the worst of the storms avoided the course carts would not have been allowed on course. Most members were appreciative of the change and are looking forward to the summer time spot.
Autumn at Cardinia Beaconhills – 6th May
At Beaconhills Monday 6th May
Very pleasant weather was the order of the day at Beaconhills, although the atmosphere appeared quite heavy which seemed to reduce the distance even the good players were hitting. Once President Ron had sorted-out the cost of the hired carts, players headed for their respective tees.
The course’s many tabletop greens which were in very good condition, tested players, many of whom found them rather slick. Unfortunately, the fairways could not be considered to be of a consistent standard with several having been cut to the detriment of the overall grass cover. Many members found it difficult to get the ball off the ground. An indication was the fact that only one player scored over 40 points. Again, the issue of a slope rating of only 114 was raised.
Members were provided with tasty sandwiches and the staff were very obliging. Similar to last time, there were a few members who “lost their way” home and did some extra kilometres.
Yering Meadows on April Fools Day – April
President R0n’s Aprils fools day joke of presenting pink NAGA balls to the worst scores in each grade fell a little flat when many commented “what a good idea”.
Yering Meadows Golf Club provided very good weather for our first 8.30 am start in 2019. A mix up with the end of Daylight Savings time saw us start later than normal.
The course was in good condition except for the bunkers where weekend rain had required all to be played as GUR.
Thus winning scores were all in the forties.
Sinking eagle putts is becoming quite common-place at Yering Meadows and two more were achieved by Trevor Watts Par 4 2nd and Tex Van Der Kooi Par 4 14th …well done to both of them. Checkout other achievements here.
As is the norm at Yering Meadows, all members were well catered-for by Pro Shop supervisor Craig and catering staff Sarah (events co-ordinator) and Jesse (bar co-ordinator).
Barry Smith & Neil Muller
for ESVGA Committee
New ESVGA course Berwick Montuna popular – March
Visiting A New Course
Again our association dodged the recent hot weather when we visited Berwick-Montuna for the first time. The course was generally in very good condition. There was initially some concern about the layout with thirteen holes in one section and the remaining five being a considerable distance away. However, players adjusted well and except for some initial hiccups, play ran smoothly.
The B-M GC management was very welcoming and catering was up to standard. Members appreciated the drink voucher and other than the unavailability of light beer, most players finished the round making positive reports on the day.
Several members commented-on Berwick-Montuna Golf Course’s close proximity to the Cardinia-Beaconhills Golf Course and this will be discussed in a future committee meeting.
Best field for 12 months at Gardiners Run – Feb. 2019
Our association sent out 124 players at Gardiners Run, being the highest total for more than twelve months. Despite the confusion on cart hire cost, players generally spoke favourably about the day.
Many high scores meant close results and players should be congratulated on the fact that few complaints of slow play were heard and most members had left the course by 2.00 pm.
2019 off to a good start at Eastwood – January 2019
One hundred and ten golfers enjoyed Eastwood in magnificent condition, although the greens were a little fast for some non Eastwood members.
Neil Muller for ESVGA Committee