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    PIN HI Summer 2013

    PRESIDENTS NOTES Welcome to the 2013 golfing season. Lets hope it is a healthy and rewarding year for all of us. The extensive Clubhouse upgrade and extension has been finalised. If you have seen the completed project I am certain you will agree it is an outstanding success. The Board Committee responsible for the project was immediate Past President Kerry Wark, current Captain Ralph Heading and current Vice-President Andrew Corrigan. Ralph handled the many day to day issues which arose in his understated, very professional style, and the quality of the finished product is a tribute to him, the other project members, and the tradesmen who worked on the project. Financially, this year will be a period of consolidation for the Club as we rebuild our financial strength for our next venture. Last July the joint venturers returned the land east of the bridges

    to the Club. They also constructed a large drain on our eastern border and a large hole for future water storage, and paid the Club a sum of money. The Board has been considering all of the possibilities for that area of land open to the Club under the terms of the Perpetual Lease. In due course, but in this year, Members and Associates will be provided with the Boards list of possible compliant uses of that land. Essentially, these options could be: A returning nine, possibly with a commercial driving range Golf Academy or training facilities Six or nine holes, possibly with a commercial driving range Other ideas

    There is no specific time limit under the terms of the Perpetual Lease to recommission this land for golfing purposes. The terms of the Perpetual Lease are strict and any activity must be complementary to the purpose for which the lease was originally issued. Moreover, the land is critical to the future golfing needs of the Club as our current timeslots are very close to full on certain days, so the building and/or recommissioning of those holes is a project for the future. This year we have five new Board Members who are, in alphabetical order: Andrew Corrigan, who returns to the Board as Vice-President Mark Williamson - Chairman of the House Committee Peter Stewart - Chairman of the Membership Committee Phil Dowling - Member of the Match and Greens Committee Wayne Davis - Treasurer

    Andrew is a builder and engineer, as well as a Master of Wine. Mark has had extensive commercial experience as National General Manager Optus Mobile Network and has served on numerous Boards. Peter and Phil are both partners in prominent law firms and bring a wealth of commercial law experience to the Board. Wayne is a Chartered Accountant who has been in practice for many years, and was formerly Treasurer of the Queensland Club. Continuing Board Members are Vice-Captain Dr Suddy MacKechnie, Dr Ian Lynagh, a psychologist and a former Captain of the Club who continues to serve as Chairman of the Archives and Heritage Committee, Captain of the Club Ralph Heading, and myself. Finally, may I say that it is an inestimable privilege to be your President for the next twelve months.

    Des Knight INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Captains CommuniquP2 Forthcoming EventsP3 JDPP4 Associates NewsP5 Mixed Opening Gala DinnerP6 Course Management ReportP9 Rules are RulesP10

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    COMMUNIQU FROM THE CAPTAIN Welcome Welcome Members to 2013. It is an honour and privilege to be elected as the 50th Captain of Royal Queensland Golf Club. I look forward to doing my utmost to provide our Members and Visitors with an enjoyable RQ golf experience and a golfing calendar that has something for everyone. Having enjoyed a great apprenticeship under past Captains John Greenhalgh and Chris Cooper, the course is ever-improving. The new Match and Greens Committee made up of Vice-Captain Suddy MacKechnie, Board Member Phil Dowling, and myself, already has plenty of challenges ahead as we aim to keep the level of improvement continuing whilst striving to deliver the best possible course at all times over all conditions, with Golf Course Manager

    Marcus Price and his team. I would like to offer my congratulations to the recently elected Associates Committee for 2013 and am looking forward to working this year with experienced Associates Captain, Stephanie Cumming. What a difference a couple of years make when reviewing course conditions! Two years ago we were dealing with the aftermath of the floods and thinking they were a distant memory. At the time of writing my first draft we had received no significant rainfall since Closing Day 2012 and were starting to look to the horizon wondering when we might see some relief. However, we have learned to expect the unexpected. The difference between prospective drought conditions and drenching rains is never far away, as we saw with a great deal of the western section of the course submerged in flood waters. The sheer fact we were playing two days later and with carts is a testament to our dedicated team of ground staff, led by the very passionate Marcus Price, and the valuable infrastructure that we have invested in over the last couple of years. One of the most enjoyable parts as a member of the Match and Greens Committee has been the opportunity to learn from Marcus and his teams experience and expertise, particularly in times as we have just seen. 2013 Golf Calendar The year ahead looks exciting and busy! Hopefully by now you have collected and read the 2013 Fixture Book. I urge you all to take the time to read it, as it can answer most day to day questions relating to the Club and our course. Noteworthy items are the earlier start to the Sir Leslie Wilson. Always a highly sought after trophy, this year it kicks off early with the dinner on Friday 8th March and the first qualifying round the week following. The event will run for consecutive weeks thereafter, with the only break being the Easter weekend. Another change to note - the Brisbane District Golf Association has moved the Pennant Season to later in the year commencing 4th August. September will see the cream of the countrys Seniors arriving at Royal Queensland to play the Australian Senior Amateur Championship. Club Championships will follow closely behind, commencing in the first half of October. The later half of the year will also see the introduction of Golf Australias long awaited Slope Index to courses around the country. During the off-season a couple of trees received significant damage due to storms, the first being a fig behind the 4th green. This tree has had one main branch removed and we are currently monitoring its progress; however it appears further stabilisation work will be necessary. The second storm-damaged tree was the Elephant Pod tree on the right hand side of 5, opposite the large fairway bunker. Unfortunately, this tree could not be saved due to extensive cracking which made it too unsafe to leave in place. This was a very rare species of tree and we have been unable to source a similar replacement. We are currently consulting with our arborist and course designer for a suitable replacement of similar significance. New Works Our first project this year is the replacement of the ageing wash down facilities in our maintenance yard. The existing unit has approached its use by date and one of the current sheds will be converted to a three wide, drive-in, state of the art wash down facility. One of the benefits is quicker cleaning of machines as they will be able to be completed simultaneously rather than lining up one after the other. Another benefit is the collection of any contaminants, which will be broken down and able to then be used in our recycled water. Lastly, the cleaned water can be reused to wash the machinery, thus adding to the life/quality of our machinery by reducing corrosion. This project will commence in early February and take several weeks. In closing I would like wish everyone all the very best for the 2013 golfing season. Ralph Heading

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    NOTES FROM THE GM 2013 has certainly started with a buzz around the Club, with plenty of interest in the refurbished and extended Clubhouse. Thank you for the feedback from Members. It has been pleasing to see Members sampling the new menus after golf and bringing down their partners, friends, and families for lunch. The Club will return to holding seminars and functions as per previously, now that the upgrade project and noise has concluded. A number of Members utilise the Clubhouse to host business seminars, meetings and lunches and I encourage those Members interested in doing so to contact our House Manager, Ken Brown kbrown@rqgolf.com.au The total number of lockers was increased by over 30% from the original Locker Rooms and whilst numerous lockers remain available in the Ladies Locker Room, earlier this month the Gentlemens Locker Room reached capacity. Each Member with a locker had their key placed in their locker for collection. At the end of February these keys will be collected and be available from the Golf Service Centre. As a number of Members would like a locker and do not have one, if you have not been to the Club in the past two and a half months to collect your key and dont think that you need a locker, please contact Steve or Liam in the Golf Service Centre. Members will now be invoiced for locker rental at the rate of 75% of the applicable fee. Over the past five to seven years the Club has, from time to time, had numerous places for Provisional Ordinary Membership available. Whilst the 2012/2013 subscriptions resulted in the lowest number of resignations in recent years, we do have just over 40 available positions for Provisional Ordinary Membership. Associate Membership has 50 available positions. With the course in outstanding condition and the newly upgraded Clubhouse facilities, I encourage Members to con