Presidents Piece 

Welcome to the April Newsletter
We know that a few of you were disappointed that there was no March newsletter.  This was due to the volunteers who put the newsletter together having significant work demands.

Junior Development

The Riverside Golf Club continues to implement programs for Junior golfers in the district.

We are presently running the 3rd clinic in the last 6 months, with over 30 juniors going through the 5 week program in this time.

These clinics will continue to run each term and we will start to target specific age groups as they grow in popularity.

We would like to thank our amazing volunteers who give up their Sunday mornings to assist with these clinics.

Orange Course

With the development of the Junior program we saw this as an opportunity to develop a course for their needs. The new ‘Orange’ course is an adaptation for Juniors to play with the course set out through recommendations by Golf Australia.

The course is Golf Australia rated and can be used for competition play for every one. (Look out for them in the upcoming months).

Thanks to the Ground staff for this welcomed addition to enhance our junior program.

Community Instructors Development Day

Golf Australia and the MDGA are running a day for people interested in in developing golf in the golf club, allowing them to be involved in Junior & Adult clinics.

This day will be hosted by a couple of PGA Professionals to help you have a better understanding on how participation programs run, drills and games to play during a session along with so much more information to successfully run participation programs at your club.

Golf Australia runs a Community Instructor program which acknowledges participants who have undertaken this training.  Lorraine Palmer completed the course a few years ago, and we encourage a few other members to consider the course.

The clinic will be held on 19 June 2022, with more details to follow.

From The Tee Box - Kendall Marchment (Club Captain)

Sunraysia Golf Range 4 Person Ambrose

The Sunraysia Golf Range 4 Person Ambrose was held on the Labour Day Monday. This event was well supported by members and visitors with 140 players participating on the day.

The day will be remembered not for the golf, unfortunately, but the storm that blew through at 1pm, which saw players “scrambling” for any hard cover, with many retreating to the clubhouse for refuge. The rain and wind was intense with it coming down sideways and making the greens resemble duck ponds.

After some time many groups ventured back out with 92 completing the course on the day.

We would like to thank Garth for his continued sponsorship of Riverside Golf Club.

Graded Competition

With growth comes change and the Committee has recognised that there was a difference in competitions that has been in play for a number of years.

From the 12th March all competitions will be graded depending on the number of players.

If there is a field of 5-49 players there will be 1 grade, 50 - 99 will be 2 grades & 100+ 3 grades.

Different grades might apply for special events, eg Opens, Club Championships an Fourball events.

Pace of Play

It has been brought to the attention of the Match Committee that there have been issues in regard to ‘Pace of Play’. This is not a deliberate act, but you need to be aware of others on the course.

Players should play at a good pace. The lowest handicapper in the group is the Captain of the Group and should encourage the group to keep in touch with the group in front.

If a group loses a clear hole and it is delaying the group behind, it should invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group. Where a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can play faster, it should invite the faster moving group to play through.

Players are encouraged to play “Ready Golf” where it is safe to do so.  You should also be ready to play as soon as it is your turn to play.

When playing on or near the putting green, you should leave bags or carts in such a position as will enable quick movement off the green and towards the next tee. When the play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the putting green. 

Holing Out - No ‘Gimmies'

To complete a hole you must finish the hole with the ball ending up in the cup, or resting against the flag with any part of the ball below the surface of the putting green. 

There are no ‘gimmes’ in competition club play. ‘Gimmes’ can only be awarded in Match-play competition formats.

In competition stroke play all holes must be completed with a ball holed out in the cup. Failure to do so would result in a maximum score of 10 or ‘No Card Recorded’ disqualification.

In competition stableford not holing out would result in a zero being recorded for the hole, in Par it is a loss of hole.

If World Number One, Jon Rahm can miss a putt from inside a foot (like he did at the Player’s Championship a couple of weeks ago), then sooner or later so might you!

Failing to hole out is failing to comply with the Rules of Golf and will be treated as such.  Please comply.    

One Tee

The Committee has moved back to ‘One Tee’ times. The two tees starts have not been supported while implemented and meant many green fee opportunities (and revenue) were missed. 

As the days get shorter, two tee starts may be used on high demand days, such as Saturday monthly medals during winter.

The Committee will continue to monitor when ‘Two Tee Starts’ may be to the advantage of most members.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday 4th April - Manheim (new sponsor) 4 person Ambrose

This event is an opportunity to bring out those friends who like a hit but don't have a handicap and form your group of 4. 

There will be prizes for groups with handicaps (1st & 2nd) and those that may have one or two without a handicap (1st) with place getter prizes for all (3rd, 4th & 5th), plus Nearest the Pins.

Competition fee is $10 for everyone.


Anzac Day Tough Tees 2 person Ambrose  - Shotgun start 1pm

After a successful initial event last year, it is back again this year. 

Out of Respect for our Servicemen and Women and in compliance with trading laws in relation to Anzac Day, the clubhouse will be open from 12noon.

If in a cart and when booking please choose a tee away from the clubhouse.

Competition fee is $10 members & $20 visitors (GA Handicap required).

From The Course - Tim Peterson (Head Green Keeper)

The course continues to look and play well. The greens were knocked about by the storm in February, but through the hard work and dedication (Sunday night works) we were able to curtail the effect it had on the greens.

We will be doing some regular course maintenance on the 28th & 29th March in preparation for the Winter months.

The new shed has been constructed and we wait to get the final approval to move into this new space and added security.

We continue to look at ways to enhance the course and the new toilet near the 14th tee is on the agenda in the near future.

Please continue to support us by filling in all divots and repairing pitch marks on the greens.

From The Managers Desk - David Gardner (Manager)

New members
Riverside would like to welcome the following new members to the club and trust they will enjoy their playing experiences with us,

Todd Rothe, Wal Brady, Robert Freckleton, Andrew Orr, Jason Robinson, Clayton Clifford, Michael Orr, Joseph Zappia, Jake Morris, Bailey White, Nicholas Moore, Kwan Triamchai, Luke O’Donnell, Tumu Tiere, Jayden Forrest, Rylan Robertson, Macey Sly, Joshua Furey, Nathan Swaeney, Martine Silcox, Daniel Thompson, Aaron Cumming, Shane Dickason, Garry Parker, Ashley Spencer.

We have sponsorship opportunities available with on course signage packages, if any business owner wishes to promote their business through signage at Sunraysia’s fastest growing club please see David and he will be happy to assist you.

Casual Staff
We are still looking to fill a casual staff position at the club, if you are interested in filling a Sunday morning / afternoon shift and the occasional fill in shift, this could suit you. You would need basic computer skills, a current Victorian Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate and customer service skills, see David if this might suit you.

Pre loved golf balls for cleaning and resale at the club, if you have a golf bag full of balls, or buckets of them in the shed, please bring them into the club, we are struggling to keep up with the demand of second hand balls for resale and would certainly appreciate your donation.


Committee Meeting Minutes

The Committee Meeting Minutes are available to all members in a folder near the bar. The most recent minutes will be added after being ratified and accepted at the following meeting.


Social Opportunities

The club is looking to start to ramp up social functions and events. This could be social functions in the clubhouse, an idea for an event on the course or just a random idea for people to enjoy.

If you have any ideas and if you want to assist with staging functions, please forward them to a member of staff or a committee member.

Find Out More

Thank you,
Your Riverside Golf Club Committee


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