Occasional update - 18/5/2020





Tues 12th May 2020

Hello Everyone

We’ve just had official advice about how the Covid 19 Stage 1 restrictions will affect golf clubs. The good news is that we can now play in fours as from the weekend. However, we have decided not to change the format until Sunday 17th May, so this Saturday will still be played in groups of 2.

Social distancing still applies, as do grouping restrictions – no more than 10 in a group and 1.5 metres apart individually. One person only in a cart, unless both occupants are from the same household.

Anybody with cold, flu or fever type symptoms should not turn up to play but should arrange to be tested for corona virus.

Please delay your arrival to play till 10 mins before hit-off.

Contrary to previous advice from me, please pay your nomination fees by card if possible.

To organise hit-off times on the timesheet, please ring the Proshop or ask Sam/Steve/Phil to write your names in for you.

The clubhouse remains closed.

Step 2 restrictions will be implemented (hopefully) from June 12th. I will advise of how that will affect us in due course.

Fields have been good. Playing either competition or socially has been a good way of getting out and about, but I imagine that most of us are missing the social side of things after the games.

Thanks to everyone for conforming to the restrictions so well.


Don Stewart


April 16th 2020

Hello to the Members of Warwick Golf Club

You would be aware that our club is much more fortunate in this coronavirus pandemic than just about all other sporting clubs. Our golfing activities may have been restricted somewhat, but at least we have the opportunity to get outside and play the game. It’s certainly a bit weird not having the fellowship in the clubhouse after the game though, and I know the ladies are really missing their presentation sessions.

We need to ensure that we follow all of the restrictions to the letter. Police have been seen patrolling around our adjacent streets, and any wrongdoers are liable for a fine of $1344, while the club can be hit with $6671 if it is deemed not to be doing the right thing. Once again, I urge all members to contact the Proshop if they see something happening out on the course that looks wrong – don’t approach the situation yourselves – let Sam handle it.

Regarding the loss of golfing income that the club might experience during this time, treasurer Trevor is investigating whether the club is eligible for Federal Government assistance. We wish him luck.

The club now has two defibrillators – one is located near the side entrance to the bar, and the other one is on the wall of the machinery shed. This one is alarmed and in a weatherproof case. When the restrictions ease off, there will be training sessions for those members wishing to learn how to use them. These devices are fully automatic and will talk the user through the procedures that are required to revive someone who may have suffered cardiac arrest. Thanks go to Judy Lester for initiating the project – she has won a grant of $2000 from Qld Sport and Rec and organised the purchase. The Ladies Committee put in $2000 and the Condy donated the balance of $1200 that was required. Thanks to everyone for their contributions. If you wish to check out these defibrillators and what they can do, please make use of this link  http://www.aerohealthcare-aed.com/

If you have played the course in the past fortnight, you will have noticed how sad the front nine greens are at the moment. They are recovering from the deep dethatching that has taken place, but greens 4 and 9 will take longer to recuperate as they didn’t take kindly to this renovation. Let’s hope our winter is as late as it has been in recent years in order to give them time to recover. The back nine was treated much less severely and those greens are rolling quite well already. Thanks to Jake and his band of volunteers for all of their work on the course over the time that Craig has been on annual leave. 

The Ladies’ Captain, Mary, will be advising her troops separately of changes to their programme and Men’s Captain Tony advises of the following changes to the men’s programme:- A, B and C Grade Matchplay C’ships will be deferred till later in the year. The Labour Day 2-person ambrose has been cancelled. The State of Origin Day has been cancelled for the present. It may be reinstated later on in the year. The Lane Cup qualifier on June 7th could be doubtful. It’s a case of wait and see.

For the sake of accounting simplicity, could members please pay the Proshop for their playing fees with cash if possible.

I know it’s a bit early but I’d like to mention the election of office bearers and committee members for next year. The club will be looking for replacements for some who will be stepping down from the current committee. I, for one, will have completed my sixth year as president, so I believe it’s time for someone fresh and new to take on the job. Please start thinking of how you can serve your club in the next term of Warwick golf.  

It seems that the social distancing and confinements are having a beneficial effect on the virus but don’t expect the restrictions to be eased any time soon. Maybe in a couple of months some changes may be allowed. In the meantime, please be patient and stay safe.



27TH April 2020

Hello to the Members of the Warwick Golf Club

A good number of our members are taking advantage of the soft autumn weather to get out of the house and have a game of golf, whether it be social play or competition play. Comp fields have been surprisingly good – again I say that we are so lucky that we are able to continue playing our game.

How are you handling the temporary greens? I know that they aren’t much fun but have been put in place to protect the 4th and 9th greens. Those greens have been oversown with a winter grass (poa trivialis) to help fill in the areas that were damaged during the recent dethatching. Apparently, it is a quick growing grass so the temporary greens should not be with us for too long. The 4th and 9th greens are Compulsory GUR.

The 16th green has been a problem child for years, with bare patches appearing far too often. It has been patched up again, and that section of the green has been marked GUR. Invasive roots and shade from the surrounding trees are being blamed as the culprits for the problem. A working bee last week installed an 800mm deep root barrier around the back and one side of the green. Thanks to the gang of workers who made that happen. Thanks also to Ben Brownlie for his expertise on his excavator. A couple of the trees were “crowned” before the rain in Feb with more to happen when a crane can be brought in to finish the job on the taller trees. We are hoping that these actions will give the 16th a fair chance at growing properly.

While on the subject of temporary greens, congratulations must go to Evan Pfeffer for his hole-in-one on the 9th last week. Evan has discovered that zero putts is the best way to go on temporaries. 

Thanks to all of our members for following the current restrictions. Everyone appears to have been extremely well behaved.


Don Stewart


The following article has a moral for us all.


Who was who in 1923 and what became of them.

In 1923, Who Was:

1. President of the largest steel company?
2. President of the largest gas company?
3. President of the New York stock Exchange?
4. Greatest wheat speculator?
5. President of the Bank of International Settlement?
6. Great Bear of Wall Street?

These men were considered some of the world’s most successful of their days..

Now, 80 years later the history book asks us if we know what ultimately became of them..

The Answers:

1. The president of the largest steel company.
Charles Schwab,  died a pauper.

2. The president of the largest gas company,
Edward Hopson,  went insane.

3. The president of the NYSE,
Richard Whitney, was released from prison to die at home.

4. The greatest wheat speculator,
Arthur Cooger,  died abroad, penniless.

5. The president of the Bank of International Settlement,
shot himself.

6 The Great Bear of Wall Street,
Cosabee Livermore, also committed suicide.

in that same year, 1923, the PGA Champion
and the winner of the most important golf tournament,
the US Open, was

Gene Sarazen.

What became of him?

He played golf until he was 92, died in 1999 at the age of 95.
He was financially secure at the time of his death.

The moral?      Bugger work.     Just play golf.