Friday Flash 16 July

Recent Club Results

11 July Club Day Stableford Winner - Martin Currie 41 Stablefords

Men’s Net Medal 7 Winner - Marcus Henry Net 70

Matt’s Message: (Greenkeeper’s memo)

Placing through the green continues as this lessens the damage to some of the fragile parts of the course. Thank you for your consideration.

All sand tubs are full and ready for you to take out buckets of sand. No excuses - we need each and every player to do their bit to help rid our course of unnecessary craters.

Just take care, particularly when walking in areas where others have walked before you. It may be slippery - ensuring your shoes have suitable sprigs/spikes will help ensure you remain upright.

Everyone who uses carts are reminded to follow the safety guidelines and stay clear of greens and tee blocks, especially in the wet weather.

Committee Update

The Committee held its monthly meeting last Monday and is pleased to report that the Club is in good heart with an enviable balance sheet compared to other clubs. Nevertheless, we have some major expenditure looming and considerable work to do. The Committee currently consists of only 6 members (although Mike Suggate leads a couple of subcommittees involving other members), 2 of whom were away this week meaning only 4 were able to attend this month’s meeting. We would therefore welcome more full Committee members, and especially someone with an accounting background who can provide support and cover for our Treasurer, Marcus Henry. In addition to helping produce a successful club, Committee membership provides great experience for those wishing to progress their careers into managerial or directorship levels so we would strongly encourage our new younger members to consider getting involved.

Feedback from this month’s meeting is as follows:

Membership numbers are now 374 compared to 322 at the same time last year.

Financial year-to-date the club has an operating profit of $47k (before depreciation of $38k). This is favourable to our budgeted YTD loss of $4k and considerably ahead of the same period last year which recorded a small profit of $4k.

Green fees, subs and trading revenues are 98% ($56k), 18% ($28k) and 77% ($39k) respectively ahead of last year-to-date. Trading expenses are up 120% ($27k) and staff wage costs up 26% ($44k).

Cart hireage with our new carts has increased by 168% ($7k) compared to the same period last year.

Net surplus from the land sale in the current financial year was $326k. The cash from the sale is set aside for capital expenditure (new equipment and clubhouse repairs which are expected to be substantial).

Marcus Henry, Treasurer

Clubhouse repairs:

Many members will have noticed that the clubhouse has had little maintenance over recent years, and that there is considerable evidence of rot in the ends of the beams supporting the upper floor, and in the vertical wooden posts above the beams that support the walls and roof. This is serious, but not considered a safety threat.

We are working towards a major renovation which will be carried out over the summer months if a builder can be secured. The work will include replacement of the rotten beams, posts and associated structures leaving the building structurally sound and weather tight for the future. In addition, the windows and doors will be refurbished and/or replaced and all exterior surfaces and the roof of the amenities block painted.

This is a very significant project, expected to cost several hundred thousand dollars and to take several months to complete. The clubrooms will continue to operate while the work is carried out.

Streams and bridges:

We are planning to replace the damaged and collapsed bridges on the course later in the year (targeting November when the ground should be dry enough for a digger to operate). We will also re-align within existing channels a number of the streams to protect banks, bridges and culverts and carry out required protection works to prevent erosion – particularly in front of the ladies’ tees on the 5th and to manage the stream on the 16th.

This work, which is expected to take around a week (with some of the bridges completed subsequently), will cause some disruption to play and some stream crossings will be relocated to more stable locations. This should provide plenty of opportunities for volunteers.

Mike Suggate


In difficult conditions, 35 players participated in a par competition. The weather was cold and windy and the greens were very fast. The winner on the day (and he is making a habit of it) was Marcus Henry with +1. Dave Norton was second on all square. Marcus again selected a bottle of Pinot for his prize (rather than 3 golf balls) and Dave selected two golf balls (rather than chocolate biscuits). Golf balls were given down to -4. Derek was nearest the pin on the 4th (as he was last week) and again had to donate a dollar for missing his two. Paul Hawkes had the only two of the day on the 4th. Raffle prizes went to Steve Robinson, Graham Crocker, and Gerd. Alex won the wrong end of the competition on countback.

Westward Ho - Men’s Singles Matchplay

Round 1 of the Westward Ho matches were played last Sunday. Congratulations to Michael Wood, Paul Hawkes, Hector Slade, John Stubbe, Keith Atkinson, and Scott McHardy on their wins. Round 2 will be played this Sunday from 8:45am.

David Carrol v Michael Wood

Paul Hawkes v Hector Slade

John Stubbe v Keith Atkinson

Scott McHardy v Matt Roche


Registrations are now open online for both Mens and Womens Club Champs. To register online log into the Karori Golf Website and enter the competition -

Current Handicap ranges for Men are:

Senior - 0.0 to 8.3 (Blue Tees)

Intermediate - 8.4 to 14.5 (Blue Tees)

Junior A - 14.6 to 20.7 (White Tees)

Junior B - 20.8 to 42.0 (White Tees)

Divisions for Ladies Club Champs are:

Silver - 0.0 to 18.0

Bronze - 18.1 to 54.0


What a difference! The trundler room is starting to take shape. You will notice little brown tags on your golf trundler and also on lockers which have items stored in them. There are notices around the place too, reminding all members to write their names on the labels to show ownership. Any items unnamed in September will be removed.


Karori Golf Club are seeking a qualified builder who can assess the structural building condition of the clubhouse and carry out repairs.

We are aware of the current shortage of builders willing to do small jobs, so are asking our membership for any contact details of possible tradespeople who might be interested in this project. Please contact Victor Diem at 0211306034 or email

Golf Puzzles

The forecast for this weekend is looking dire so if you can’t get out and play, here are a couple of mind benders to challenge your greymatter:

  1. Ray and Roy played together for the first time in the club champs. Upon getting to know each other as they progressed their round they worked out that their combined age was 90 and that when Ray was Roy’s age he was twice as old as Roy was then. How old are Ray and Roy.

  2. After their round Ray and Roy enjoyed a drink in the clubhouse. After paying for their drinks Ray had $7.50 plus three quarters of what Roy had and Roy and $5 plus half of what Ray had. How much did each have.

  3. The greenkeeper rode up to the tee on his mower and yet he walked. What was the name of his dog.

Email in your answers by midnight Sunday to go into a draw for a sleeve of golf balls.

Hole 4 ‘High Tee’ - Hole in One Challenge

Thanks to our sponsor Richard Reith at Collective Real Estate for putting up a hole in one challenge on the 4th hole. If you get a hole in one on the 4th hole during a competition you will win an incredibly nice bottle of Jean-Marc Vigreux-Frere Champagne! Competitions include Interclub, Sunday Club Day, Shootout, and Twilight. Good luck to all!


Our golf ball selection has recently increased and been restocked. We have the new 2021 ProV1 and ProV1x for $79.99. Also a wide range of Srixon golf balls all at $39.99 a dozen.

Titleist TruFeels are back in stock for $39.99 per dozen.

New in the shop are some sleeves of Callaway Supersofts in various colours for $18.00 each.

Please support the club by buying from our shop.


Please remember to us the Covid Tracer App and scan in when coming to the golf course, it’s not legally required but very much encouraged to help stop the spread of Covid 19.


If you want to avoid printing cards, use the app instead, it has a scorecard enabled. Simply use the clubhouse wifi to open it and the scorecard before you tee off - then it can operate in offline mode.


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