Friday Flash 8 October 2021

Recent Club Results

Sunday 3 October Sunday Club Day winner: Adrian Porter 37 Stableford

Tuesday 5 October Ladies 18 hole LGU 10 Denise Marten Nett 77

Tuesday 5 October Ladies 9 Hole Medley Hilary Holm 21 Stableford

Wednesday 6 October Winner: Saint Kennach Par +3

Wednesday 6 October Twilight Winner: Gail Kirkland 21 Stableford

Matt’s Message: (Greenkeeper’s memo)

Spring growth is keeping us busy, plus it is now only 4 weeks until our annual showcase City of Wellington tournament, for which we always aim to have the course looking its absolute best. This event attracts players from all around greater Wellington and helps spread our reputation as one of the most scenic and enjoyable courses in the region. To help us present the course at its finest we need all players to replace their divots and repair their pitch marks. It is extremely disappointing to be regularly finding unreplaced divots, which if they had been immediately replaced would have naturally repaired themselves. These photos show two of many unreplaced divots noticed last Sunday morning which were likely to have been created the previous day and for which there is no excuse for not having been replaced.


The finalists have been found and the men’s Senior and Intermediate finals will be played over 36 holes on Sunday. Best of luck to all finalists - please let them play through if they come up behind your playing group.

Men Senior Scott McHardy v Adrian Porter

Intermediate Peter Kirkman v Steve Witkowski

Junior A Stu Preston v Finn Buckeridge

Junior B Gethyn Healy v David Peterson

Women Silver Fiona Kearns v Celia Howden

Reminder: When you are playing match play you cannot enter into the Club Day Stableford. The reason is that you are giving putts and sometimes not finishing out holes completely. This makes for an unfair advantage.

Committee Feedback

The Committee held its monthly meeting last Monday and can report as follows:

  • Plans are advancing well for refurbishing the clubhouse and for replacing various bridges around the course.

  • Preparatory to repairing some of the rotten beams in the clubhouse we will need to remove the asbestos ceiling in the old downstairs office which will require us to close off this area for about a week. We will give members plenty of notice as to when this will happen but until then, the ceiling is inert and poses no risk.

  • We have begun an IT upgrade project, with our internet router and switching equipment replaced and two Uninterrupted Power Systems installed. Our wifi coverage is also being extended so you may be able to connect around the outside of the clubhouse as well as within it.

  • Also temporarily removed is the bell on the 18th fairway. As a result, if you are playing with a group immediately behind you, then when playing from the valley on the 18th hole station one of your group at the top of the valley in sight of the tee block until all players have played from the valley. That person can then signal to the following group that it is ok for them to tee off.

  • Further to Matt’s message about divot replacement and repairing pitch marks, it is disappointing that we have to keep reminding players about this. If you don’t have a pitch repair tool, then please ask for one from the clubhouse staff - they are available free of charge. We would also like to remind members that if you are playing or practicing on your own on the main course, then you are only allowed to play 2 balls. A couple of our greens were recently discovered to be peppered with pitch marks, as if they had been used for pitching practice. If you wish to practice your pitching, then do so on the PnP course.

  • Membership numbers are now up to 390 and it is great to see so many players out on the course and our car park regularly near full.

  • Our financial year ended on 30th September and our Treasurer is currently finalising our annual accounts. Preliminary indications show a healthy trading surplus which was on track to exceed depreciation, for the first time in many years, but an increase in end of year adjustments is now expected to reduce this to just below. One of the end of year adjustments we do is to prorate membership subscriptions over their period of membership, and with a large increase in members this year, this adjustment is bigger for this year than previous years. Nevertheless we are expecting to be able to report a greater profit result than for recent years and a healthy cash position.

  • We are planning to hold a “She Loves Golf” day on Saturday 20th November, designed to attract females to try out or return to golf. NZ Golf have prepared a flyer for us - we will circulate it to all members by email - please forward it to anyone you think might be interested, or print it out and put it on your work place notice board or wherever else you can think of.

Club Update

Last week former president Mike Prior kindly donated a painting he had commissioned of the golf course a little over 20 years ago, it is now on display in the club house above the kitchen door.

Wednesday Club

Interesting weather with a few drops of rain and then a bit of warmth to finish was enjoyed by 29 golfers on Wednesday. The par competition was won by Saint (+3, red wine) from Martin (+2, biscuits) with balls down to all square. Lars perhaps did not enjoy the weather but maximised his exercise to also win a ball. The only two of the day was on the 4th by Dave Norton. Raffle prizes, in descending order, were won by Terry, Gunter, and Ian Bates.

Men’s Vets at Karori

The Men’s Vets was due to play at Karori on Monday but due to the weather the date has been postponed to Monday 11th. Please keep this in mind if you are thinking of playing golf as the course will be closed until 3pm.


Twilight is open to members and non-members, so you are welcome to bring a friend or two. The cost is $20 per person, which gives you 9 holes of golf, a gourmet BBQ, a chance at a prize and a Mulligan! We will once again be sponsored by Richard Reith from Collective First National Real Estate. Thanks Richard!

Twilight is every Wednesday and tee off is between 4:30 – 5:15 pm.

Please note that there will be no ability to get cash from the bar via eftpos, so please remember to bring cash with you.

Make Time - Play 9

Once again this year Golf New Zealand is running the Make Time Play 9 - Road to the Open competition. From 1st October 2021, club members who hand in a 9-hole scorecard will be in with a chance to be randomly drawn as one of nine players invited to the Make Time Play 9 Final event hosted in Queenstown in 2022.

All 4 tees are rated for men to play the front or back 9 and currently the Red and Yellow tees are available for Ladies to play front or back 9 as well. If any of the Ladies would be keen to play 9 holes of the White tees please let Hector know and we can arrange to add them as an option.


Register for all events using the following link -


Our annual Rigarlsford tournament which we had to postpone in July will now be held on Sunday 17 October. This is a stableford event and will be a multi tee start, with the men playing for the Ken Rigarlsford Cup and the women for the Rose Rigarlsford Cup. This is always a popular event so book it in now - online entries are accepted - there is no entry fee. Come along and join in this fun event.


A reminder that you need to keep 6th November free for this special Karori Event. Keep an eye out on the website for the registrations which will be opening up soon. We have secured some really great prizes too. It is an event not to be missed!


Sunday 10 October Club Day Stableford

Club Championship Finals

Tuesday 12 October 18 Holers: Heinemann Cup Final (to be played by this date)

9 Holers: Club Championship - Finals

Sunday 17 October Rigarlsford Tournament - Mixed Event

Club Day Stableford


Level 1 Golf Rules Course

Sunday 28th November 2021 at 9am

This will be a one day presentation followed by a 1 hour test at the end of the day. Passing the test will qualify the attendee as a Club Rules Official. The digital presentation was developed and provided by the R & A and USGA for Rules training. The course focuses on the 2019 Players’ Edition of the Rules of Golf which has been provided to all clubs.

This course will be held at Boulcott’s Farm HGC. Early registration is recommended because R&A’s pre-reading material and practice test papers will be emailed to you on 11 November.

Programme - Cost is $45

Course begins at BFHGC 9-00am

Break for lunch – 12-00pm

Afternoon session 12-45pm

Optional Test – 1 Hour 4-00pm

Review of Test and presentation of badges & certificates Date TBA

The day needs to start promptly at 9-00am

Applications close on Wednesday 10th November 2021.

Numbers at BFHGC are limited so first in first served.

Morning tea, Lunch and Afternoon tea provided by WGRA

For registration form contact Hector at


We are very thankful to a number of members who have offered their help to gain quotes and ideas to revamp the practise nets. We particularly thank Wayne Cook who has offered to project manage this, This project will be taking place over the next month. Special mention to the ‘Twilighters’ who have generously donated towards this project.


Thank you to all those who put labels on their golf gear in the trundler room. There are still some items that have been left unnamed. We have a number of golf carts that have been left/donated so if one is yours now is the time to come and claim or advise if it is a donation to the club’s hire gear. Here are some photographs of bags/clubs that have been left. If either of these are yours, please contact Hector (Clubhouse Manager) at the Club.


We have just restocked our supply of Titleist Golf Balls at the shop. Dozens of ProV1’s sell for $79.99, TourSoft for $59.99, and TruFeel for $39.99. Please help support the club by buying from our shop.


Any members who have renewed their memberships in the August, September and October months will have access to bag tags, these are stored at the bar so please collect them from the bar staff.

Please display them on your golf bag, zip-ties will be provided for those who need them.


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 any competition you will win a nice bottle of Champagne!

Competitions include Interclub, Sunday Club Day, Shootout, Wednesday Club, and Twilight.

Good luck to all!


Please remember to use the Covid Tracer App and scan in when arriving at the golf course. There are QR codes at every door to the club house and in various locations inside.


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


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