A bumper year for Adelong Golf Club

Adelong golfers have been out and about, supporting their club through a difficult 12 months.

The Adelong Golf Club hasn’t let the Covid-19 pandemic get them down, with the committee reporting on a massive year at their recent Annual General Meeting. 

President Phil Hayes, who keeps the top job for at least another year, was pleased to say that the Adelong Golf Club had tracked reasonably well, despite most other sporting clubs reporting major losses due to the impacts of Covid.

“Over the last 12 months, we have had a very, very good year. With the Covid conditions, we have been able to play almost all of our tournaments and fundraisers,” Hayes said. 

“Golf has had a fair few restrictions, but when we did our major, it was right in the middle of Covid.

“We planned it, we put Covid guidelines into place, and we were able to play, and we had 50-odd players.”

The event going ahead was important for the club, who banks on a decent turn out.

“It is our major fundraiser for the year, which is how we keep everything going,” Hayes said. 

“We were able to have our annual tournament and over the 12 months, we didn’t’ miss out on much.”

Hayes explained that a strong volunteer group of helpers has meant the club has kept the grounds in good condition, whilst making upgrades to the club house.

“Normally at this time of year we are not mowing, but we are mowing this year because of all the rain, and volunteers have been helping and we have worked on the greens, and the grounds look great,” Hayes said.

“We built a retaining wall at the end of the club house, which has made a great big difference.”

Hayes thanked those locals who had donated time or equipment towards the upgrade. 

“The sleepers were donated by AKD and we acquired some pavers from the shire out of Wynyard Street,” Hayes said.

“Ben Reakes donated time and a machine to build that retaining wall and we also want to say thank you to Shane Walsh for the use of his tractor and time helping with clean up.

“All this means that we are going to make a great big 8x5m entertaining and viewing area just off the club house.”

Hayes wanted to remind golfers that the club is open all year round, with a $5 green fee payable at the first hole. 

“A reminder to all members and anyone interested in joining, 2021 Membership is now due,” Hayes said. 

“If they want to come out, membership at Adelong Golf Club is $70 a year, which includes your golf links card and our green fees, which is an honour system at the first tee, is $5.”

There is also social competition hitting off on Sundays at 9am- to 9.30am, while coming up, the club has their Adelong Open in May and the Tax Buster event in July.

In other news out of the club’s Annual General Meeting, Joe Hardwick took over as vice president from Tate O’Donovan and the combined secretary/treasurer remained with Anne Hockey.

The general working committee is Tate O’Donovan, Anthony Mellen, Jamie Gorman, Greg Gorman, Luke Hindmarsh, Shane Walsh and Ian Hassett.