Hi Members & Club Patrons,
Welcome to the March edition of Club News!
The past couple of months have presented us with some major maintenance issues, both in the Clubhouse and on the course, and I would like to thank the Seven Hills RSL Group Board for promptly approving funds to have these issues fixed in a timely manner.
Firstly, the air conditioning unit in the Function Room and TAB Lounge needed repairs. Thankfully, we were able to get through the Summer months with minimal disruption to our Members and guests.
The other major issue that the club encountered in February was the failure of the river line pump which supplies water from the Nepean River for our greens, fairways and tees. When the pump was removed from the dam, we discovered that the shroud which houses the pump was rusted and had corroded away.
This required us to commission a new stainless-steel shroud to be manufactured, and although this was completed as an emergency priority job, the works still took 2-3weeks to complete. As a result, the Club lost the ability to pump water from the Nepean River and the fairways lost some of their colour and growth over the past month. All up, the cost to install the new pump and manufacture and install the new shroud for the pump came to $50,000.
I would like to thank Course Superintendent Glenn Bishop and his team for doing their best to maintain the course to a high standard despite the difficulties they have faced over the past month working with minimal water.
We would like to highlight some of the changes that have and will be taking place in the next few weeks.
New furniture has been purchased and installed in the main bar lounge area. The furniture is much lighter and easier for patrons to move. I am pleased to hear the positive feedback that has been given to our staff from our Members.
I am delighted to report that the Seven Hills RSL Group Board approved a substantial $500,000 expenditure in order for Penrith Golf Club to purchase new course equipment. The first items of priority on the equipment project plan was to purchase a new Iseki Tractor and a Ventrac multi-purpose machine which arrived in February and 2 new Toro fairway mowers and 2 new Toro utility machines which will be arriving soon in early March. Also, currently on order are a Toro greens mower, Toro rough mower and roller and a Toro top dresser. This diverse collection of specialised equipment, vehicles, and tools is paramount to providing desired golf course playing conditions.
The Board has engaged an Architect to suggest the best design solutions for our Clubhouse in order to provide our Members with superior, modern and comfortable facilities for our future. We are implementing a strategic master plan for these renovations which will occur over many months. In the meantime, I request your patience whilst we implement some minor Club improvements including:
- Demolition of the old kitchen which will open up the club
- Removal of the old folding partition walls
- Demolition of the display cabinet which is adjacent to the gaming room
- Repainting a number of areas, which will give the club a lighter and more modern feel
- Installation of awnings in the gaming room to protect patrons from the sun, glare and inclement weather.
TAB – KENO
The Eureka TAB terminal has been removed due to ongoing maintenance issues. In its place TAB has installed a payout terminal which will still allow patrons to be paid out on all their winners. The TAB EBT (Electronic Betting Terminals) and Keno terminal will be placed together in the TAB lounge for convenience.
Due to popular demand, the Sunday raffle will be re-commencing on Sunday 31st March with great prizes to be won. Tickets will be on sale from 3.30pm with the draw commencing at 5.00pm. In conjunction we will also be commencing our Sunday lunch time Roast of the Day, “Just Like Mum Used to Cook”.
The Club’s Easter Raffle will be held on Sunday 14th April with over $2,000 in prizes to be won. Tickets for the raffle will be on sale from 3.30pm with the draw commencing at 5.00pm. There will also be an Easter Bunny colouring-in competition for the kids, so join us for a fun day and your chance to win great prizes.
If you are not already a Golf Club Member, I encourage you to enquire today. The March pro rata rates are very attractive. The Intermediate Golf Member (players aged 19-30 years) rate is just $269 for the rest of the year and they are entitled to use the course on any day of the week, subject to bookings.
Congratulations to the major Pennants team who, at the time this report, had won two (2) of their games against Killara Golf Club and Fox Hills Golf Club at home and narrowly losing to Killara away on temporary greens. The final of the Top Gun Shoot out is to be held on Sunday 31 March, so come on down and support the players and watch some exciting golf.
If you have any questions, please ask our friendly staff or your Advisory Committee.
PENRITH GOLF CLUB