Wait nearly over for the Maleny Golf Club

After waiting for 11 years, the Maleny Golf Club are naturally delighted about the news last week that the Sunshine Coast Council approved the Club’s Development Application for the first nine holes of the Maleny Golf Course.

The approval came with some conditions, none which posed any concerns, and will be worked through with Council in the coming weeks.   Currently the club has an ‘agreement to lease’ with SCC.    They anticipate that this will now be converted into a long term lease, which is a requirement before construction of the greens and tees can commence.

Toe in the water for new fairway development!    So, whilst waiting for Operational Works Approval, last Saturday enthusiastic Golf Club members commenced preliminary work on weed management and turf improvement - with a slashing exercise on the first fairway.

Rod Richard’s Design and Construction Committee pegged the first tee, intermediate point and green.   Max Whitten followed with the club’s ‘new’ tractor (ex Ron Hankinson) and slasher in the very first activity to create the new golf course. “

It is not often that the President scores a perk but, on the insistence of my colleagues, and following an induction course run by tractor trainer, Rod Waldron, the tractor with slasher in tow guided me up the middle of the first fairway” said Max.    “And we didn’t encounter a single rock - which is not surprising as the area was cultivated for oats and other crops for many years as part of George Armstrong’s farm”.
 
Golf Link Handicaps

Joe Walters, Garry Mayer and colleagues have been working diligently to gain approval from Golf Australia, Golf Queensland and our District Association (Sunshine Coast and South Burnett) to have Maleny Golf Club registered.

This has been achieved.    MGC is now a fully accredited club, with the ability to issue and manage golf link handicaps.    If you don’t have a golf link handicap but would like to obtain one through the MGC, they can now arrange this.

The Match Committee is also arranging regular events with other clubs at very attractive financial rates.

Congratulations to Joe and his team for making such substantial progress on behalf of members.  Don’t forget to visit the Driving Range.    It’s looking great and the club benefits from your continued support.
 
King Ludwig’s Lunch raffle

Cr Jenny McKay and Dep Mayor Tim Dwyer drew out the winning raffle ticket at MDSRC’s Sportsman’s Dinner.

Nearly nine hundred tickets were in the draw, and the lucky winner was Rodney Mundt, a Conondale club member.    Congratulations, Rod.

The prize was lunch for four at King Ludwig’s German Restaurant, worth $200.    Thanks to Barbara and Klaus Lutz for their generous gift.

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