The Ballarat Golf Club is thrilled that employee Tom Lyon the 2020-21 Victorian Golf Course Superintendents Association Golf Turf Apprentice - has gone on to be awarded this year's Australian Sports Turf Managers Association / Toro Graduate of the Year Award.
The award was announced and presented at a ceremony in Queensland last night.
This is an outstanding achievement and richly deserved.
The Board, Management and staff congratulate Tom on his achievement. I hope our golfing members will take the time to congratulate Tom when you see him on the course.
Congratulations also to our course super Jeff Powell for providing outstanding support and training to his staff. Jeff is the only super to have had 2 staff awarded the VGCSA apprentice of the year award.
The 2021 Club Championships were contested on Sunday April 18th with some great golf and close matches.
Congratulations to our A Grade Club Champions Dan Staples in the men’s event who also took the title in 2018 and Kate McMahon in the women’s giving her back to back wins and making it 3 all up with another in 2015.
The Puvanendran family was well represented with Manish, Ben and Aalyia all contesting finals on the day.
While not contested on the day it must be noted that with his win this year Paddy Murphy made it a hat trick of Junior Boys Championships and Aalyia Puvanendran won both the Girls Junior Championship and the Junior Girls Nett Championship.
Congratulations go to all finalists and to the winners in each event.
Daniel Staples def. Peter Bath - 7 and 5
Kate McMahon def. Kristy Kennedy - 2 and 1
Bill Atwood def. Ben Puvanendran - 4 and 3
Di Rogers def. Simone Byrne – 4 and 2
Manish Puvanendran def. Mick Erbacher – 2 and 1
Kim Dummett def. Aalyia Puvanendran – 3 and 2
Matt Lenton def. Trent Beames – 2 and 1
Judith Templar def. Jill Taylor – 3 and 2
Jason Sims def. Terrance Morse – 3 and 2
A big thank you to all those who made the day such a great success including the ground staff for presenting the course in such great shape and the pro-shop for ensuring the event ran smoothly from start to finish.
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Ballarat Golf Club has once again been awarded in the Golf Australia Top 100 Public Access Courses for 2021.
Our course was ranked number 67 moving up 3 spots from last year. There were 5 new courses added this year with a total of 187 courses receiving votes.
Golf Australia's definition of a Public Access course is "a public access course is one that offers tee times for visiting golfers at least five days a week".
Congratulation to Jeff Powell and his team on presenting a course that ranks so highly in Australia.
The top 10 courses highlighted some of the best courses in Australia.
The top 10 were:
Cape Wickam Links - TAS
Barbougle Dunes - TAS
Barbougle Lost Farm - TAS
St Andrews Beach - VIC
Barwon Heads - VIC
Ocean Dunes - TAS
Thirteenth Beach (Beach Course) - VIC
The Dunes Golf Links - VIC
Newcastle GC - NSW
Links Kennedy Bay - WA
Golf Australia's Magazine Judge’s Comment:“Peter Thomson and Ross Perrett’s design at Ballarat is a beauty. Of particular note is the routing with holes playing to all points of the compass, which adds to the variety of shots you play during a round. The short par-4s, like the dogleg left drive and pitch 12th, and par-3s at Ballarat are a real standout for me.” – Hamish Walker.
The Ballarat Golf Club advises that its Annual Tournament will not be run this year due to the restrictions currently in place, the unknown nature of these for the remainder of the year and the changes made to the playing schedule to accommodate other events at the Club.
While it is acknowledged that the Tournament could be conducted in a very restricted fashion as is occurring at some other clubs it was felt that this was inappropriate for the normal size of the event, its participants and the Club.
A replacement "week of golf" is planned late January / early February 2021 and details of this will be released when the events are finalised and as playing conditions become hopefully clearer.
The 2020 Ballarat Golf Club Championships concluded on Sunday 8th November.
The finals were played on an amazing day but due to the Covid restrictions we were unable to have any spectators on the course.
Aftrer all Men & Women partisipated in their 3 rounds of stroke to progress to the matchplay final that was played on Sunday. 9 fInals were played on Sunday with both the Men & Women playing their matchplay events.
Congratulation to Sean Klain & Kate McMahon on becoming our new 2020 Club Champions.
Results & Winners are posted below.
2020 Men's Club Championship
2020 Women's Club Championship
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As of Saturday 19/9/2020 the following new courses indexes will be put into place for all competition play. As you are aware we review the indexes on a regular basis and then update them when they are required. There have been several updates across most courses and these will be reflected on any of the new score cards that are printed for competition play.
As you may have seen on the new tees signs we no longer have the indexes displayed and this will allow us to change in the future and not have to replace the tee sign information.
We have also introduced the Green Course, this is the course that has been used for the last 2 years in our ALPG event. By adding this course it will now allow members to play a fully handicapped round during this event and on any other selected days.
While rating the new courses through Golf Australia we also requested to have all of our tees rated for both Men & Women, thus making each tee gender neutral and allowing for handicap competitions to be played.
This now means we have 11 course variants available for Men & Women that can be handicaped. Please note for women that some holes have been increased to Par 5's on longer holes.
Below there are 2 tables, the first one showing the course details with slope ratings and the second showing a complete list of the new course ratings.
Our new tee signs have been installed by our Greens staff during the week. The new signs are wider than the previous version allowing for a large map, clearer distances and brand new maps.
The original maps were done over 10 years ago when the course started to be played. The new maps show a lot more detail on each hole and will be included throughout the our website.
A big thanks to Wayne Hines from Virtual Bean for creating the new maps and tee signs.
The new tee signs have also included the distances for 6 courses:
Black Course - Longest Tees
Blue Course - Middle Tees
Red Course - Shortest Tees
White Course - Winter course on mixed tees
Green Course - ALPG course on mixed tees
Gold Course - Par 3 course
Golf Australia has now rated most of our courses for both Men & Women allowing us to now play events on any tee. We are currently still waiting on the data for the green course.
Below is the Slope Ratings for all courses (Except Green)
Check out the video below for all of the latest news on the club reopening
New Member Booking System Issues
Getting back to normal
Practise Facilities back open
Covid Rules & Regulations
Takeaway now available.
Check the video below for all of the latest details on the Stage 3 Restrictions at the club.
Update on Covid Restrictions
Update on Golf Competitions
Pro Shop Open
Check out the latest update form the club.
This update includes:
Update on Weekend comps
Changes to booking in Proshop
Club Championship Update
Introduction to our new chef
Check out the latest update about what is happening at the club.
This update includes:
Changes to Weekend competitions
Putting & Chipping green to open to members
Carts now available for all to use
Below is our latest update on what is happening at the club.
This update includes:
Changes to Tee Tines
Changes to weekly comps
Looking after the course
Driving Range update
Update - 12/5/20
Following some clarification of allowed playing conditions there will be changes to the conditions of play commencing Saturday the 16th of May.
Commencing Saturday the 16th of May:
Play will be allowed in groups of 4
Single Tee Start on all days.
Wednesday and Thursday - Members only up to 12:30 p.m. - 9 holes only from 2:10 p.m.
Saturday - Members only until 1:30 p.m. - • 9 holes only from 1:40 p.m
All Other Days - Open to members, guests and green fee players. 9 holes only from 1:40 p.m
A quick reminder of the key points
All Players must be off the course by 6:00 p.m.
All play is social*.
ALL Play and Driving Range use must be prebooked.
Putting and Chipping Green are closed
Prior to any play or driving range use members and guests will be required to sign off on these "rules" before being allowed to play or use the driving range. Copies will be available at the Club.
Hire cart use is only available to members who provide a medical certificate dated within the last 3 months indicating that use is required.
1 person per cart.
No alcohol on course.
* It is expected that some form of competition will be introduced next week along with appropriate course and rule changes. You will be advised when updated.
Please - enjoy the golf and care for the course and others.
Great News, Golf is Back!
Golf at the Club is back from Wednesday 13 May.
Time sheets will be open from 8:00AM tomorrow morning.
At this point the COVID-19 CONDITIONS OF PLAY that were distributed last Friday will remain in place. They will be reviewed and revised with probable changes implemented early next week.
The full list of regulations are listed below
Members Golf is again allowed to commence at the Ballarat Golf Club from (to be announced) under strict conditions.
COVID-19 CONDITIONS OF PLAY
Since its closure the Club has being considering how to ensure compliance with any conditions imposed while ensuring as much protection as possible is given to our staff, members and guests to enable the re-opening of the course.
The Club acknowledges that the opening of the golf recognises the important role that golf can play in the community for both exercise and mental health at this difficult time. The restrictive nature of the re-opening does limit access and we therefore ask that when booking to play you consider how often you play and how this may limit the ability of others to participate.
We also ask that you extend every courtesy possible to all others at the Club when you are visiting. With this in mind the following rules and conditions will apply until further notice and will be subject to review and alteration during this period.
Please read them carefully as:
Failure to adhere to these rules will not be tolerated.
Failure to comply with these rules or any instruction given to you by any member of staff will result in immediate suspension from the club until “normal” (pre covid-19) playing conditions resume.
Initially there will be no competitions during these restrictive arrangements – social play only. This will be reviewed as playing patterns are established and any directives are received from relevant authorities are applied.
CARDS / HANDICAPPING
Pre-printed cards will be available upon arrival. No cards will be used for handicapping purposes. Cards should not be swapped.
PLAY and TEE TIMES
All players will be required to sign an acknowledgement that they recognise and will abide by the “rules” in place.
Play will be in groups of 2 only.
“Normal” playing distance must be maintained between each group. ALL Tee Times MUST be pre-booked through the online timesheets (or call the pro shop ONLY if you do not have access.)
All times sheets will open 3 days before the date of play. Players not at the tee for their starting time will lose their play for the day. The Course will close at 18:00 – all players MUST be off the course by that time.
MONDAY, TUESDAY, FRIDAY AND SUNDAY
9 hole golf only
2 tee start
Tee times commence from 7:30 to 16:00
All times open to members and guests
WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY AND SATURDAY
All play will start from the first tee.
Tee times will commence from 7:30 and continue through to 12:30 for MEMBERS ONLY
Tee time from 12:40 to 1400 will be for Members, Guests and Green Fee players
Tee time from 14:10 until 16:00 will be for 9 holes only.
ACCESS / DEPARTURE
You may arrive at the course 10 minutes before any time booked – not before.
Access to the course will be via the pro shop entrance only – including carts.
The door will be closed – you must use the door bell provided for access.
Players must leave the Club immediately after completing their round.
COURSE SETUP AND USE
Cups will be raised - The ball would be considered to be holed if it hits the liner. Flags will be in place but must not be touched. There will be no bunker rakes – bunkers should be smoothed as best as possible using your foot. Members should take a sand bucket and retain this for their use until normal playing conditions resume.
Green fees players should return buckets, empty then place in sanitising bins.
Blue and Red tees only in operation.
The par 3 course is closed.
Course staff have right of way at all times.
Ensure normal player maintenance of the course is observed i.e fill divots and repair pitch marks.
Ballwashers are not to be used.
Drinking taps are not to be used.
The practice green will be closed.
The chipping Green will be closed.
The driving range will be open BUT MUST be pre-booked to use – practice will be off the mats only–11 mats available only.
Carts are to be used by one person only.
Those hiring carts MUST provide a current (dated in the last 3 months?) medical certificate indicating that use is required.
All other normal cart use rules apply.
The Pro Shop will be open from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
It will be staffed by one person only.
ALL transactions will be card only.
Consumption of alcohol on course or at the Club is STRICTY PROHIBITED. (No BYO Alcohol and no alcohol for sale.)
Course and Club marshalling will be undertaken by Club staff including course staff, and any directions given in accordance with these Rules must be complied with.
Any abuse of staff, members or guests will not be tolerated.
The Club reserves the right to restrict access to any member to allow for reasonable access for all members.
REMINDER: FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THESE RULES WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AND WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION FROM THE CLUB UNTIL “NORMAL” (Pre Covid-19) PLAYING CONDITIONS RESUME.
On this day, 125 years ago, the Club was founded at a meeting attended by just two people.
From the minute book records: A meeting for the purpose of founding a golf club was held at Mr Corbetts, Union Bank, on 11th April 1895.
The Hon Ths. Drummond Wanliss MLC took the chair
It was resolved to found a club to be called The Ballarat Golf Club. The club would be based on the grounds of the Ballarat common next to where the Arch of Victory was opened on 2 June, 1920.
Fast forward to 2001 when local Ballarat firm Roadcon proposed an exciting development.
It offered to purchase the eastern part of the course in return for creating a new quality championship course on the western portion of the old course and on former common land to the north. After a detailed briefing of plans to Club members in early 2002, the vote was 310 to 10 to move ahead with the proposal.
There were many barriers confronting Roadcon and committee members, but on the 31st January 2008, an historic land signing occurred when the golf club and Roadcon exchanged land titles. Roadcon now owned the eastern part of the old course and the golf club owned the land for the new course. As a result in 2008 land titles were swapped and a new Championship Course was designed and constructed providing both playability and challenges for all levels of golfing ability.
The official opening for the new Club was in November 2009, where the Premier of Victoria, John Brumby and course designers Peter Thompson and Ross Perrett attended an evening of celebration attended by a large number of members and guest. Michael Phillips had taken the roll as General Manager at that time with Alan Burns as Club President and Jill Dunne President of the Ladies Committee.
The move to the new Club was not all smooth sailing. For instance, legal action was initiated by one of its members and after a long process the Tennis Club split from the Golf club and now operates out of its own facility in Prince of Wales Park. Another hard decision was on what honour boards to display in the club and where they would be located. This resulted in the 2 original boards being displayed in the golf entrance and a reduced number of frosted glass panels displayed in the clubhouse.
On 8th August 2015, we celebrated 120 years of the club with a Gala Dinner. The guest speaker for the evening was Paul Sheahan, AM and a highlight of the evening was the unveiling of a plaque denoting the golfer’s room in the clubhouse to the Titheridge Room. Besides the wonderful achievements of Neil Titheridge with his 26 Club Championships, this honour also acknowledged the contribution of other family members to the Golf Club.
Heather Brauman, a life member of the club since 2015, says "In my twenty five years a lot of changes have been undertaken. The handicap system has had two different systems and is now all computerised. I recall Roger Masom getting cross with the lady handicappers when we didn't have the right letters to add a new name on the handicap boards and we would pinch some of his letters."
She also mentions "It's very exciting to see ladies welcomed on to the board, with Elizabeth Chatham a member of the board many years ago. We have also seen Carolyn Sertori elected for the Board in 2016 and our current Vice President being Lesa Gray. We now welcome Kym Erbacher to the 2020 Board."
In December 2017, we were thrilled to announced our first Junior Scholarship program. The scholarship was open to any golfer under the age of 18 living in the Ballarat District Golf Association region and applications came in from all over the district from golfers all different ages and abilities showing a real passion for the sport. The scholarship was supported by Golf Victoria, PGA Australia and Titleist Footjoy and was born out of an interest to support and encourage a young golfer with a prize package that gives them unique experiences in the industry and extra opportunities to develop their skills.
Winners of the program:
2018 - Rose Britt
2019 - Liam Howlett and Millie Cassidy
2020 -Gemma Gale and Joel Smith
In the last twenty five years we had seven members who have been awarded Life Memberships
1996 G J Walter
2002 Miss P J Sloss
2007 P J Cook
2009 P K Trevenen
2012 Mrs H Brauman
2015 A Burns
2016 R Masom
In the last 5 years we have seen many significant events including:
21st April, 2015 we said goodbye to Peter Hoskin. Peter joined the Club in 1951 and stood for the Committee in 1955 and 1957 before being appointed in 1957. Peter was awarded Life Membership in 1981 and the Board room in the new Clubhouse was named the “CP HOSKIN BOARDROOM” in his honour in 2009.
16th April, 2016 The Ballarat Golf Club was awarded as winner of Best Community Support Project for the ‘Give Golf a Go Day’ as part of the PGA National Futures Event.
24th April, 2017 We were announced the Best Golf Club in the CCV Awards.
9th June, 2017 Life Member Roger Masom passed away suddenly. Roger joined the club in October 1984 and served as a long term Board Member and also serving as captain in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and became Club President in 2010. In 2016 Roger was deservedly rewarded with a Life Membership,
28th January 2018, The inaugural ALPG Ballarat Icons Pro Am was held at the Ballarat Golf Club. The event was a huge success with 75 Professionals representing 17 different countries competing for the $25,000 prize pool with amateurs both male and female playing alongside the star studded field of Pros. This a was an exciting addition to the PGA Futures event that has been held at the Club since 2014.
May 2018, Michael Phillips resign from the General Managers Position after 9 years in the job moving to a new position in NSW.
28th February 2019, The Ballarat Golf Club was thrilled to announce the club had received a $125,000 Community Sport Infrastructure grant to update the clubs driving range to include an undercover facility.
We believe Ballarat to be one of the premier courses in country Victoria and we've recently been rank 14th in the Golf Australia Top 50 golf courses in Australia.
While the world is currently in difficult times we look forward with optimism to the next 125 years for this fabulous Club.
Dottie Ardina’s third competition play-off since arriving in Australia, proved a success as she takes out the Ballarat Icons Pro Am.
Dottie finished her opening round on Saturday in a tied fourth position and by the end of Sunday’s round finished level on a five - under par with Scotland’s Kyle Henry and 2018 winner Xi Yu Lin and claimed her first ALPG title with a birdie.
With immaculate course conditions, both players and spectators were excited to get out and play the course.
2019 defending champion Marianne Skarpnord finished in a tie for 10th position.
The club would like to thank all of our members who helped out during this event. On receiveing feedback from many of the players we all should be all very proud of the event that we ran. Bring on 2021!!
Over the past month the match committee has become aware of conflicting understandings of how to play from the Penalty Area on the 11th hole. The match committee has repositioned several red markers and have now put into place the following ruling when playing this hole
When playing the 11th hole, any ball that finishes in the Penalty Area highlighted in RED is to be played from the Drop Zone located in front of the 11th Ladies Tee if their original ball cannot be played.
The Ballarat Golf Club is thrilled to announce the 2020 Ballarat Golf Club Junior Scholarship winners Gemma Gale and Joel Smith.
A big congratulations from all at the club to Gemma and Joel. We know that you will both make the most of the opportunities throughout the year.
Our two winners wrote applications that showed off their absolute passion for the sport and they will be great ambassadors for our club.
A quote from Gemmas application… "Winning the scholarship would mean the world to me and it would help me to build up my confidence. It would give me more opportunities to help me grow as a golfer."
A quote from Joels application… “The junior scholarship would deliver a fantastic experience for me, to be involved with the Vic Open, being amongst great players like Lucas Herbert, Geoff Ogilvy and Minjee Lee. I have a real positive outlook on my development as a junior golfer, I help, support and encourage, the younger golfers, I would be a worthy recipient and ambassador for the Ballarat Golf Club.”
We also have finalists Ted Murphy and Aaliya Puvanendran both awarded a Ballarat Golf Club Junior Membership, and Manish Puvanendran and Alicia Todd winning Range Memberships. These four also submitted stand out submissions and we thank them for their efforts. A big congratulations to all of the juniors who submitted applications we always enjoy reading about your golfing adventures - keep up the good work!
The prize pack Gemma and Joel will receive includes...
A 2020 Vic Open "VIP Experience” Including the opportunity to be an on course scorer or score board carrier for the final group during the Vic Open
An ALPG Pro Am experience thanks to Australian Ladies Professional Golf
A Ballarat Golf Club Membership for the 2020 calendar year
Full game analysis with a BGC Professional through David Wallis Golf
A once in a lifetime half day experience at the PGA centre for learning and performance including: - Trackman ball flight analysis - Putt lab analysis - Golf specific physical screening - Golf Fitness and condition training
A Titleist Pack including: - 1 x dozen Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x Golf Balls - 2 x Footjoy Golf Gloves - 2 x Titleist Caps - 2 x Footjoy Socks
If the successful applicant held a Junior Membership at another club in 2019, Ballarat Golf Club will pay for that membership in 2020.
The Ballarat Golf Club started the Junior Scholarship with the aim to reward two junior golfers in the Ballarat Region with a membership and a number of opportunities that would help with the juniors golf game and provide unique experiences throughout the year. This year the Ballarat Golf Club added a new experience to the scholarship package incorporating a unique experience for the winners during the ALPG Icons Pro Am played in Ballarat in February 2020.
We would like to also congratulate and thank our 2019 winners one last time Liam Howlett and Millie Cassidy- we wish you both luck with your golf in 2020, and thank you for both being great ambassadors of the club, we hope you continue to do so.
Thank you to sponsors and supporters - David Wallis Golf - Ballarat Golf Club, Titleist, Golf Australia Australian Ladies Professional Golf (Official) and the PGA of Australia.
Today could not pass without recognition of a most significant event.
It was 10 years ago – on the 19th of November 2009 and after many years of planning – that the Club celebrated the ”Official Opening of the All New Ballarat Golf Club”
With David Maloney hosting proceedings for the night the clubhouse was officially opened by the then Premier of Victoria – John Brumby who was joined by the then President Mr. Alan Burns and Lady President Mrs. Jill Dunne.
Course designer and golf legend Peter Thomson entertained the crowd with a presentation in interview style with David before being escorted to the first tee by then trainees Jess Bramble and Chris Hinves – and with his drive officially opened the course – and triggered what was a magnificent fireworks display and those present went on to enjoy the night in grand style.
Since that time the Club has developed further into what is no doubt the finest golf course and club in the region and it’s development continues – not only with it’s facilities but we also lead the way in gender equality and all abilities access and training. Our Inclusion Initiative of the Year Award at the recent Victorian Golf Industry Awards is testimony to the fine work being done in these areas.
Who could have imagined 10 years ago that we would host such great golfing events as the ALPG Ballarat Icons, The PGA Futures, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Golf Championships, the Victorian Amputee Championships, provided junior scholarships, welcomed so many service clubs into our clubhouse and supported so many worthy charities both on course and in the clubhouse?
We have experienced sadness in the Club with the loss of a number of members – I note in particular Peter Hoskin and Roger Masom – but it has also been a joy to welcome so many new members since moving to our new facilities. The work being undertaken to attract women and junior members to our Club is simply outstanding and the recent addition of Andrew Cartledge’s Ballarat Junior Golf Academy is testimony to the fine work being done in the field.
After 10 years the clubhouse is showing signs of wear - not surprising when you consider that in that time we have seen over $15 million of food and beverage sales - and work is well underway on a refurbishment that will take place next year - 2020 – which also sees the Club celebrate its 125th anniversary with planning well underway for celebrating this milestone.
The success of our Club is due to many factors. The foresight of those that looked for a sustainable future for the Club, those members that supported the proposed new venture and all of those who have served on boards and committees and driven the direction of the Club. The management and staff who have driven it’s success on a daily basis, our fantastic course staff led by Jeff Powell who provide us with such a magnificent golfing venue every day, and the pro shop staff led by David Wallis who continue to provide quality golfing services to us all.
Mainly though our success is due to you - the members - for without you and your support we simply would not exist.
I sincerely thank you all.
I thought it appropriate to include part of David Maloney’s magnificent welcome from that night 10 years ago (below) which concludes with the words “the rest shall we say is history”. I am honoured to be a member of The Ballarat Golf Club, and I am sure that like me we all look forward to and are excited for the future of our magnificent Club.
Wayne Hines President
David Maloney – Grand Opening - Welcome – 19 July 2009
“In Ballarat on the 11th of April 1895, at the Union Bank in Sturt Street, a meeting was held to establish a Golf Club; The Ballarat Golf Club.
One would imagine the initial excitement of President Elect Drummond Wanliss and Vice President Elect John Corbett would surely be tested as they were the only two who attended the meeting. Undeterred however, and still full of enthusiasm, the Club was formed; in a short time a Committee was Elected and an 11 Hole Golf Course constructed. Of course we all know of the glorious history that the Ballarat Golf Club has enjoyed. Today we still share some of that initial course to lay claim to being the oldest Golf Club in Australia being on its original land.
The Club prospered and grew to be one of the finest Country courses in Victoria; expanded to 18 Holes and renewed and expanded the old Clubhouse; which was the pride of the Club. There was great appeal of the Club and its status drew the Champions of their eras; Peter Thomson; Greg Norman and Ian Stanley as champion golfers graced the Course; along with many celebrities and dignitaries including a past Victorian Governor in Sir Brian Murray.
However it was during the latter part of the 1900’s that the Course and Clubhouse conditions were starting to wane and major funds would be required to ensure its survival as a competitive Club.
Despite these problems the Club was certain its survival lay in its ownership and late in the1990’s the Club would finally purchase the land it had inhabited for over 100 years. Then in a milestone moment on the 7th of April 2003 the Members voted resoundingly to accept a proposal of the then Committee to explore the option of working with a local developer to incorporate a Golf Club and Prestige Housing Estate. The rest shall we say is history!....”
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'69 golfers from all over Australia came to Ballarat Golf Club in the week of 4th to 8th November to contest the 40th Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Golf Championships.
The Mens’ winner on 288 was Ballarat Golf Club member Aaron Clarke who played superb 2nd and 3rd rounds of 68 and 69. He felt some pressure on the back 9 of the 4th day but hung on to beat David Fahey of Redcliffe (Queensland) by 5 shots.
Lorna Serai Forrest of Mackay (Queensland) won the Womens’ division from Glennis Warrior of Mallala (South Australia).
The contestants especially those from Northern Territory and Queensland found the Ballarat weather to be a little cool, but the hospitality was warm. 14 local players came to play in a team competition on Monday 4th November and most teamed up with 3 visitors and gave useful insights into the play of each hole and how to put up with the rain showers. Unluckily for the locals they were not quite numerous enough to have one in the winning team which was John Egan, Nakia Firebrace, and Gary Fitzgerald of Victoria with Garth Dodd of South Australia.
Each State hosts this event in turn and so it will be some time before it returns to Victoria; however contestants take away with them pleasant memories of how well Ballarat Golf Club hosted the event.'
The Ballarat Golf Club would like to thank Julian Land of the Indigenous Golf Association of Victoria for this write up and to local Aaron Clarke and the whole Association for bringing this fantastic event to Ballarat.
Held over two days on February 1st and 2nd 2020, the Ballarat Golf Club will welcome back for a third year the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Association, for a Two Day Pro Am Event the Ballarat Icons Pro-Am.
The Pro-Am on Saturday 1st will be followed by a seeded Professional-only event on Sunday, February 2nd offering a great opportunity for spectators to enjoy some world-class Women's golf right here in Ballarat.
“ We are thrilled to secure the ProAm for a third straight year. It’s great to work with the ALPG and to see golfers of all ages and abilities step out onto the course alongside professional female golfers from around the world, and play under real tournament conditions. This is an experience that is truly unique and perhaps has the most impact on our younger generation of golfers who have really embraced the event” said Ballarat Golf Club President Wayne Hines
“The event has engaged our members especially our female members and juniors like no event we have held before, and to be positioned on the ALPG tour right before the Vic Open is really positive, the players are getting ready to compete in the countries favourite golf event and we get to host and play alongside them during the lead up”.
ALPG CEO Karen Lunn said that the players are already looking forward to the Ballarat Icons Pro-am in 2020. "We are delighted to be returning to Ballarat Golf Club for the third edition of the Ballarat Icons Pro-am in February 2020. Our players really look forward to coming back here each year, the course is of true championship standard always presented in immaculate condition, the practice facilities are first class and the hospitality received from everyone involved at the Ballarat Golf Club is second to none. Ballarat Golf Club is one of the more progressive and forward thinking clubs we deal with and has been a great partner to ALPG. We have developed a great relationship with everyone involved at Ballarat Golf Club, for us coming back there each year feels like coming home!"
The Club are again expecting a quality field when entries open with the event having attracted quality fields in the past with notable participants including international stars Dame Laura Davies and American Beth Allen, our Aussie stars Sarah Kemp, Stephanie Na, Whitney Hillier, Stacey Peters and Rebecca Artis, 4 Olympians including defending champion Marianne Skarpnord and Chinese star Xiyu Lin, and 2 competitors on the world long drive championship tour.
From Ballarat the players travel to Barwon Heads to compete in one of Australia’s most popular and prestigious events the ISPS Handa Vic Open.
SAT FEB 1st - ALPG Icons Pro-AM (followed by presentations & dinner) SUN FEB 2nd - Professional Only Event - spectators welcome
The Ballarat Icons Pro-Am Event was a finalist in the 2019 Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Award special events category and the event is part of the ALPG Tour, 2020 Club Car Series and an official Order of Merit event.
Such a great night spent tonight with Nene, Michael and Gary. Thank you all for being our first participants in the Para Golfer while we have it on loan from the Bellarine.
Once in the Para Golfer and having a swing on the range and out on the course everyone agreed that this is one piece of equipment we need here at the club.
We have the Para Golfer here until the end of the week so if you would like to come and try please get in touch with David Wallis in the Pro Shop on 5338 3010.
Below is a message from one of the partisipants Janine Lyon
Ballarat Golf Club, Board Members
I would like to Thank you for the great opportunity we had in being able to trial the para golfer. My brother and I had a wonderful night, filled with many laughs.
The opportunity bought so much happiness in being able to do something your disability normally prevents. This allowed us to feel normal and to participate with others and I really can’t put into words the emotions that come with that.
Thanks to all the great staff, especially Dave Wallis who went above and beyond to ensure we were safe and comfortable but ensuring we still had control. Victoria for pulling it all together and Ange for her golfing tips.
The night was topped off with a lovely meal.
And special mention to the Greenkeepers the course looks a treat and it was great to have some fun and join in with my son on the course.
Keep up the great work.
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The 2019 PGA National Futures Championship has been won in a nail biting finish with two players battling out in a five-hole playoff. PGA of Great Britain and Ireland Apprentice, Michael Bullen was victorious over Queensland Trainee, Gavin Fairfax after they both tied at 8-under after 72 holes. 50 Trainees teed off in challenging Ballarat conditions for the final round with many still in contention for the Championship.
Early tournament leader Cooper Eccleston was keen to claw back some ground after a disappointing 3rd round performance of 6 over par, 78 saw him drop to tied 4th overnight. Eccleston’s aggressive game plan today was evident, with him securing early birdies, but came unstuck on the 14th with a triple bogey, finishing the tournament at 7-under.
PGA of New Zealand Champion Blair Riordan had his eye firmly on the prize looking to follow in his brother's footsteps who won the event back in 2012. After starting strongly he had consecutive birdies on the 2nd and 3rd hole to join Eccleston for the lead however it was the performances of Bullen and Fairfax that got the Ballarat galleries cheering.
Seemingly out of contention Bullen then rallied with 2 birdies on 16 and 17 to tie for the lead. Fairfax followed suit with a birdie of his own on 17 causing a four-way tie going into the last. While the rest of the field fell away it was Bullen and Farifax who handled the conditions best to both finish at 8-under resulting in a two-way playoff.
Four times the duo went down the 18th hole, each with their own opportunities at different times but still the pair could not be separated. The playoff then went to the 10th hole, par 5 where Fairfax, as he has done all tournament, played a controlled hole electing to layup. However fortune favored the brave and Bullen from 216 meters hit a 3 iron within 20 feet of the hole.
Fairfax made the green in regulation but missed his birdie opportunity leaving the door open for a two putt victory for Bullen. He only needed one though stepping up and sinking the eagle putt for the win and the PGA National Futures Championship trophy.
“I can't believe it, that 3-iron I hit was probably the best shot i’ve hit all week and to do it in a playoff was just amazing” “After 24 holes I didn't think I was any chance but I told myself just to stay in it and keep pushing and I managed to make some good birdies on 16 and 17 and force a playoff” The Englishman thoroughly enjoyed his stay in Australia.
“Everyone here is so nice and everything has been amazing, i don't want to go but I am looking forward to getting home” While Fairfax was disappointed, he was still proud of his week and his performance throughout the tournament.
“Obviously I’m a little bit disappointed not to get the win, but I was really happy with how I grinded out today and to make the play off was a bonus” As the highest placed Australian Trainee Gavin will gain entry into the Australian PGA Championship to be played at RACV Royal Pines Resort from 19 - 22 December 2019.
Today was the first ever Trackman Long Drive Event at the Ballarat Golf Club.
Over 20 golfers competed in 4 categories and a great crowd of spectators cheered on
The over 45s Men’s event was hotly contested with 4 very competitive friends going head to head. Wayne Hines got a cracking drive of 265 which set a tough task for Cameron Bryce. Cam couldn’t manage the distance required so Wayne became the over 45s Longest Hitter.
Following the over 45s we had the women’s event which saw 2 competitive friends hit off against each other in the semi final, Kym Erbacher hit a great drive of 200m and even though Vicki Waldron tried her hardest she couldn’t manage anymore than 189m from her 3 shots.
Our Junior category had 2 competitors so young Teddy Murphy started with a cracking drive of 128m, a great drive especially for a 11yr old. Next up was Gemma Gale who had volunteered her time all day helping with our family day (thanks Gemma!) Gemma hit 2 not so good drives but on her 3rd and last shot smoked one out to 186m.
The Men’s category saw 14 guys go head to head. Hot favourite Brett Castle crashed out in round 1 after Nathan McCallum only took 1 shot to beat Brett’s 279m target. Jack Savige set the distance in Round 1 of 311m which also went about 200m sideways but set Jack as potentially the man to beat. Round 2 was down to 8 players which saw Nathan McCallum once again only take 1 shot to beat his opponent but we also saw some cracking matches with Brenton Walker hitting it 298m on his last shot to advance to the top 4. The final 4 got underway with Brenton Walker v Nathan McCallum and Joel Anstis v Jack Savige. Once again Brenton crushed his 3rd drive close to 300m setting Nathan’s toughest challenge yet. It only took 1 drive again for Nathan to beat Brenton and advance to the final. Jack Savage crumbled under the pressure and Joel Anstis easily beat Jack to advance to the final against Nathan.
In the final Joel Anstis hit 3 cracking drives with his best of 289m a challenging target for Nathan but true to his form Nathan stepped up with a borrowed driver from his first opponent Brett Castle and smashed it 298m to be the first male winner of the Trackman Longest Driver Event.
Well done to all competitors and congratulations to our winners who win a Sandhurst PGA Centre For Learning experience Wayne Hines, Kym Erbacher, Gemma Gale, Teddy Murphy and Nathan McCallum.
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Wow our family day has blown us away again with almost 300 people through the doors and out onto the greens (even on a not so warm Spring day)
Big thanks to everyone who came along and brought out their family and friends, and a huge thanks to our team of staff and volunteers for their time on a Sunday to make this event a success, we appreciate the hard work!
Thank you to the sponsors of golf month, Legacy Landscapes, Jayco Ballarat, TGB Build, Unblemished Skin and Laser Clinic, Go Transit Media Group and Garage79 thank you for your support to help us deliver over 20 free activities including Inclusive Golf Lessons, Kids Lessons, Rock up Golf plus a heap more!
A massive thanks to Victoria our Marketing Guru, for the many hours of work she has put into Golf Month!!!
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Ballarat Golf Club member Liam Howlett has been selected to represent Victoria in the National 12 years and under Golf Championships to be held inToowoomba, Queensland from 10 to 14 November, 2019.
A reserve for last year’s team, Howlett has won selection in the 2019 boys team comprising 8 members who will travel and represent Victoria against ACT, NSW, QLD, and SA.
Whilst regularly seen on a Saturday at Ballarat Golf Club, or on the practice range, Liam was also the boys recipient of Ballarat Golf Clubs Junior Scholarship for 2019 and attributes the Scholarship opportunities to his game improving to a level whereby he now gets to represent his state.
Liam is the only team member from regional Victoria, speaking volumes for not only the Scholarship benefits but the opportunities afforded to Ballarat junior golfers and the quality of local coaching available.
Liam is also a member of the FedUni Westvic Academy of Sport Golf Program, which has assisted focusing his talents on elite level competition.
“My coach Andrew Cartledge and I set a goal of making the state team a long time ago, and I am pretty proud that our hard work has given me this opportunity.”
“ I love representing Ballarat Golf Club and Ballarat District Golf Representative Team, but to be able to now represent Victoria is really exciting”
Howlett hopes to play as much golf as possible leading into the national Championships to ensure he is in great form come November.
Liam is selling Rafle Tickets to help with the costs involved with heading to the Nationals. Tickets are available in the Pro Shop and clubhouse.
Congratulations to Sue Blandford who won our Home and Garden Giveaway valued at $6000!
Sue now has the opportunity to build a package for home cleaning and maintenance, as well as a garden clean-up and landscaping. Thank you to Legacy Landscaping for your wonderful support of this giveaway.
The Fiona Elsey Charity/Open Day – Ladies 4BBB was held at Ballarat Golf Club on Monday 16th September, 2019
Thank you to the 80 ladies from many different clubs – Avoca, Bacchus Marsh, Ballan, Ballarat, Buninyong, Camperdown, Creswick, Hepburn Springs, Jeparit, Midlands, Melton, Mt Xavier, Riversdale & Warracknabeal for attending and making the day so successful.
Many ladies dressing in pink adding to the enjoyment of the day. All money raised is forwarded to the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.
Friday night the Ballarat Golf Club won the Inclusion Award at the Victorian Golf Industry Awards at the Arts Centre in Melbourne.
A joint initiative between the PGA, Golf Australia - Victoria and Golf Management Victoria, the evening was a celebration of the people and organisations that have made significant achievements and contributions to the sport, as well as being a general celebration of Victorian golf.
The Inclusion Initiative of the Year Award is designed to recognise clubs, individuals or organisations who take significant steps to attract, welcome or include people with a disability, cultural or diverse backgrounds or indigenous communities into their club activities.
Ballarat Golf Club has three qualified PGA All Ability Coaches and has generously hosted numerous inclusion events.
The club hosted the 2018 Victorian Amputee Championships. During this event Limbs for Life, Amputee Golf Victoria and Ballarat Golf Club hosted an Australian first MyGolf clinic for kids with limb differences. The clinics were conducted by Ballarat Golf Club’s All Abilities David Wallis, Angela Tatt and then employee Darren Bowman, supported by amputees playing in the event.
Ballarat Golf Club will host the 40th year of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Championship later this year.
The club has introduced new membership categories to increase younger membership and to improve gender equality. Over the past year women have held positions on the board, in administration as ground staff and in the pro shop.
Ongoing efforts to grow golf in Ballarat have seen culturally diverse days and open days held by the club.
Thrilled to be announced as a finalist today in the 2019 Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards in the Nevett Ford Lawyers Events and Attractions Business Award.
The club is nominated for the ALPG Ballarat Icons Pro Am held in February this year.
The club is extremely proud of this event and we have really enjoyed working alongside the Australian Ladies Professional Golf (Official) over the past two years to showcase world class golf talent right here in Ballarat while giving local golfers a chance to play with a great professional field who make the event the fun that it is. Thank you to ALPG CEO Karen Lunn for all of your support.
A big thanks again to the sponsors of our 2019 event, without the support of these sponsors our event would not take place, thanks to JG King Homes, Gull&Company, Integra, Forty Winks, Davidsons Blinds & Shutters, Unblemished Skin and Laser Clinic, Eureka Concrete, BGAProShop, Southern Cross Austereo Ballarat, Jens Veal Partners, Ballarat Council, Ballarat Mazda - LMCT 10056 Sovereign Hill.
Congratulations also to our fellow finalists in our award category Ivory Haus. Wedding Fair and Kryal Castle.
A very enjoyable day in fine chilly conditions at Ballarat Golf Club was had by 30 teams (90 women) participating in the 3BBB Winter Cup. The event has been held for many years and is organised as a fun day for wintery conditions. 18 different clubs were represented – Ballarat, Barwon Heads, Buninyong, Camperdown, Gisborne, Grampians, Horsham, Kew, Kyneton, Lonsdale, Midlands, Mt Xavier, Queenscliff, 13th Beach, Terang, Torquay, Warrnambool and Yarra Bend.
The team of Suzanne Velk, Marg Ivory and Robyn Tucker from Gisborne GC won this year’s Winter Cup with 51 points
Runners Up - 50 pts – Kim Dummett, Nicky Quinlan & Louise James 3rd - 47 pts - Kym Erbacher, Linda King & Pam Sefton 4th (C/B) - 46 pts - Janise Cossins, Marg Martin and Barb Hurley 5th (C/B) - 46 pts - Susan Crocker, Margie Paton & Liz Fry
8th Member Claire Heinz
8th Guest Louise James (Queenscliff)
11th Member Jen Forbes
11th Guest Robyn Tucker (Gisborne)
17th Member Vicki Wilson
17th Guest Deb Kohlman (Kyneton)
Raffle raised $500 which was donated to Fishes & Loaves
Marg Ivory, Suzanne Velk and Robyn Tucker from Gisborne Golf Club.
The Ballarat Golf Club and Indigenous Golf Association of Victoria are delighted to announce that the Ballarat Golf Club will host the 2019 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Golf Championships on November 4th to November 8th 2019.
The event has been held in NSW in 2018 and South Australia in 2017 where Ballarat Golf Club member Aaron Clarke won the event.
Aaron has been instrumental in securing the event for Ballarat and we thank him for his work on this.
This year marks the 40 year anniversary of the National Championships and we are very excited to welcome the Indigenous Golf Association and their players to our course in November.
Ballarat District Golf Incorp Womens Midweek Pennant finals were played on Monday 20th May 2019 at Hepburn Golf Club in very damp mild conditions.
A big Congratulations to our Ballarat Division 2 Red team who defeated top team Beaufort 3-2 to retain the shield. Captain Sue Sidebottom was thrown into disarray at 6.00am on Monday morning when her no. 2 player Di Rogers had to pull out with a bad bout of gastro. Thankfully, Division 3 player Janise Cossins accepted Sue’s early morning phone call to fill-in and won her match 5/3! Well done to team members – Sue Sidebottom (Capt), Cheryl Lillingston, Lesa Gray, Liz McMurray and Janise Cossins on a great win.
Other finals results:
Division 1 – Midlands defeated Ballarat 3-2 – a very close contest in all matches with one of our players losing on the 19th
Division 3 – Hepburn’s home course knowledge proved vital and proved too strong defeating Ballarat Blue team – 3 ½ - 1 ½
Congratulations to all the Ballarat ladies who represented BGC in the 2019 District Pennant finals.
This week we want to say a special thank you to our course superintendent Jeff Powell. 34 years in the job here at BGC and Jeff is a huge asset to the club. The knowledge and expertise he brings to running the course and his team is why we have the world class course we have.
This week we acknowledge Jeff and his team for the work they do everyday to keep the course in top condition.
"I have had the pleasure to work closely with Jeff for over 15 years, when we were on our original course we had limited funds, Jeff would utilise his knowledge and expertise as not just a green keeper, but as a mechanic, carpenter, jack of all trades!
Moving to our new course was a big learning curve for us all, Jeff jumped in 100% and his feedback and knowledge made sure the transition from the old to the new course was handled with as little disruption to members as possible.
Not only did we have a new course growing in, we had to maintain NEW temporary holes, look after the old course and keep abreast of the new development. His staff admire him and some have gone onto preparing golf courses in the United States for PGA events.
Jeff is very passionate about his role and the course, he works many hours above what is required just to make sure things will be ok for our members.
Congratulations and Thank you Jeff and your staff for being such a committed group and for you as an inspiring leader."
Michael Erbacher BGC Club Captain
"I’ve worked with Jeff for 10 years and during that time I have had the pleasure of getting to know the man who is passionate not only about his course but also his staff.
The design and construction of the new course, the transition onto it and its ongoing development and maintenance come with a huge amount of challenges, problems and frustrations for Jeff which are rarely evident to us the members. But it ultimately comes with the great reward of this outstanding course we have and we should all recognise the incredible contribution of Jeff in not only achieving this but doing so with ever increasing pressures on available resources. (How many of us have spotted Jeff on his numerous visits to the course over a weekend just to check that things are OK?)
A number of awards have been made to his staff over recent years which reflect on the time, effort and care Jeff puts into not only their quality of work and training but also into their wellbeing.
Few members see the real dedication of this man to what we - the members - enjoy so much – an outstanding golf course.
Well done Jeff – I believe we and those who enjoy our course now and well into the future all owe you our thanks."
Gary Fry BGC Opperations Manager
Thank you for bringing your best to work everyday Jeff, your passion and commitment to our club is very much appreciated by all.
Jeff Powell is the Ballarat Golf Club’s longest serving employee, commencing in 1985 and has worked through the massive transition from the old course to what we have today. Jeff is dedicated to making our club the best that it can possibly be for both our members and the wider national and even international golfing community. Jeff’s dedication to his job extends beyond the course, to his staff. He is very well respected by all; with whom he shares his knowledge and “can do” attitude. The depth of his knowledge is evidenced by the fact that several of his apprentices have been recognised with National Industry Awards and have moved on to work at International Clubs.
Jeff and his team have maintained our course to such a high standard, that Ballarat Golf Club is consistently recognised in the Top 100 Public Access Courses in Australia and has hosted a number of major national events over the past years. Jeff has had to work with many different boards, committees and club professionals over his years at BGC, which he has done whilst always maintaining his focus on achieving the best possible standard for all of our members.
Thank you again Jeff!
Could I ask all members, next time you see Jeff or one of his staff, to give them a wave to say “thanks” to show your appreciation for the course that we all get to play on each week?
Wayne Hines BGC Club President.
As part of the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association (AGCSA) “Thank a Superintendent Week” from May 13th to 20th, our club alongside all clubs celebrate the great contributions golf course Superintendents and their teams make to the game of golf in Australia. Superintendents and their teams work tirelessly to manage the largest and most valuable asset of every golf facility - the Course.
As Superintendents and their teams continually strive to keep the game’s turf and surrounds healthy and attractive, environmental stewardship is always a primary focus. Thanks to the efforts of many Superintendents, Course Managers and their teams, Australia is home to some of the most breathtaking courses in the world; where golfers continue to experience playing on world-class facilities.
From small regional gems, to international tourism drawcards, to remarkable metropolitan icons, Australian Golf Courses are maintained by dedicated teams, delivering hundreds of thousands of rounds of golf every year, prepared employing sustainable environmental management practices and expanding greenspaces and natural wildlife habitats.
Please join us in thanking our Superintendents and Course Management team by sharing the pride in our Course through photos, videos and messages of appreciation between May 13 and 20, using the campaign hashtags #ThankASuperAUS and #OurAGCSA
Congratulations to the team from BGC who won the handicap division of the 2019 Men's BDGI Pennant competition on Sunday 5th May.
BGC was only represented in the handicap division with the scratch and veteran teams finishing 4th for the season.
The winning team defeated Buninyong GC at Buninyong Golf Club 4/3 with the final match going down to the 19th hole.
The team consisted of Jason Sims (Captain) Darcy Anstis, Wayne Hines, Joel Anstis, Paul McClusky, Nic Brennan & Trent Brown. 2 players who were part of the team who did not play in the finals were Chris Anstis and Akshaya Kate.
Congratulation to the team on taking the 2019 title.