Romsey Golf Club
Romsey Golf Course is part of Romsey Park; the park was established on October 15th 1883. Other regular users of the park are: The Romsey Scouts and Cubs, The Romsey Football/Netball Club, Romsey Junior Football/Netball Club, Romsey Cricket Club and Romsey Tennis Club and the Romsey Recreation Centre where a wide variety of indoor sports competitions are held.
The park is owned by the people of Victoria; it is Crown Land and falls under the control of the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP). The DELWP has entrusted the Shire of Macedon Ranges with major responsibility for day-to-day operations of Romsey Park. Since 2011 (DSE, DEPI) DELWP has provided over $15,000 for the removal of dead and/or dangerous trees and branches across the Park.
The Shire of Macedon Ranges website page for “Romsey Park” gives a good idea of the facilities and sporting and other groups who use Romsey Park.
A “Park’s Committee”, comprising of representatives from the user groups and the community, is able to make recommendations to the Macedon Ranges Shire on the maintenance of, and improvements to, the park.
Romsey Golf Club is a completely volunteer organisation and has responsibility for almost 70% of the total area of the park. We receive no regular financial or other support from local, state or federal governments. The club takes the responsibility for such a large section of Romsey Park extremely seriously and has worked very hard to maintain and improve the park and the golf course.
In 2009 the long drought broke and since then the golf club has carried out strategic plantings of indigenous, native trees and bushes (240 planted in 2010, 135 planted in 2011, 125 planted in 2012, 150 planted in 2013, 55 planted in 2014, 50 in 2015 & 50 in 2016. In recent years we have also planted more smaller flowering bushes. These plantings primarily aim;
* to create a good environment for all who use Romsey Park,
* to provide habitat and food for native insects, reptiles, birds and small mammals,
* to assist carbon abatement
* to increase shade and
* to provide improved wind control.
We have also planted many exotic beautification plants such as roses, lavenders, hebes and a wide variety of bulbs to add to the general beauty of Romsey Park. New greens, tees, bunkers and fairways add to the challenge of the golf course.
Soil testing of the fairways in early 2015 indicated that they were lacking in both Calcium (Ca) and Magnesium (Mg). In September of 2015 we spread 30 tonne of lime (Ca) and in May 2016 we spread 30 tonne of dolomite lime (Mg). This material will now settle into the soil and we will again soil test in May of 2017 to discover what other work we have to do to bring the fairway soil up to expected standard.
In early 2016 the club contacted Deep Creek Land Care and the Macedon Ranges Shire Council (MRSC) with a view to discussing the locating of nesting boxes within the Park. William Terry (MRSC) was more than happy to visit the Park and to discuss options re nesting boxes. It was decided that we would build and locate 30 nesting boxes, in groups of ~10, across the Park. Of these 15 would be for small birds, Tree Creepers, Striated Pardalotes and many smaller parrots and 15 for small marsupials such as phascogales and antechinus. The boxes were put in place across the will Park on Friday June 17th. The Golf Club will work with the Environment Officers of MRSC to take a census each April/May. This census will show us just how many of the boxes are being used, which creatures are using them and, over time, indicate the health and size of the Romsey Park populations of these smaller creatures.
Since 2008 the club has worked very hard to gradually build up our equipment and to renovate and repair the large, old machinery/work shed. We are constantly training members in the correct, safe use of mowers and other machinery, fertilisers and other course related chemicals.
RGC is active in seeking assistance to improve the golf course. Often major works will take far more money that our club can provide so we look for funding opportunities through local, state and federal government grants. In each of these applications there is a sizeable amount of the total costs covered by volunteer labour and use of the private machinery and expertise of the members of the club.
Since 2010 the club has actively sought out funding opportunities. We have researched, prepared and submitted numerous applications for grants to assist us to expand the existing irrigation system. Whilst we came very close, down to the last three, we were not successful. In December of 2013 Western Water approached the club to discuss some assistence to help bring our expanded irrigation plans to fruition. Western Water had worked with Rural Development Victoria and the Shire of Macedon Ranges to bring recycled water to Romsey Park. All told 20 mega litres of recycled water is to be used across Romsey Park, of this 10 Meg will be used on the two ovals and the other 10 Meg across the golf course.
Western Water's (WW) plan was to utilise the funds remaining from the "Putting Locals First" grant which funded the provison of re-cycled water to the Romsey Sporting Precinct. On August 6th 2014 representatives from RGC, WW and the Macedon Ranges Shire Council met to formalise this funding. These monies, $30,000, along with funds from local businesses, RGC members and the golf club were to be used to implement stage one of our two stage plan to increase the irrigation system to take in all tees, all surrounds and all fairways at least to the 150m marker.
On October 1st 2014 we were informed that the Macedon Ranges Shire Council would allow RGC to place a sub-meter on the existing, 100 amp, power line that runs to to the pump that supplies water to the two sports ovals. This greatly reduced the cost of the power supply to our irrigation pump allowing more money to be allocated to water storage and distribution infrastructure.
Work to trench and install fairway sprinklers was began on Monday October 18, 2014. Members gave their time, their tools and their expertise to put in 100s of metres of trenching and pipe, connect 100+ sprinklers and then backfill all trenches. All sprinklers were levelled and packed in sand, timer boxes were installed where the fairway pipe met the existing 40mm blueline main or the new purple 40mm main (Additional 40mm (purple) mains lines were run to link in with the 40mm blue line pipe that is already in place). We have also installed and fenced off a 104,000l storage tank.
Once we installed the pump shed and pump and connected it via 80mm pipe to the 40mm main line on the course we were in in a position to beginning irrigating a far larger area of the course.
Stage 2 of this project saw;
* electronic switches added to each flow control valve,
* a central electronic timer
* additional banks of fairway sprinklers
* sprinklers on all tees
* tapping points for existing and new gardens
Stage two was largely funded in the MRSC 2015/16 budget - $10,000 was allocated for "Re-cycled Water Works at Romsey Park". The club allocated funds to top this amount up and the wonderful club members again volunteered their time, machinery and expertise to finish these work off from mid winter to early spring of 2015.
This project was a long time coming and thanks to the hard work of our members we now have both a green golf course and a greener Romsey Park all year round. Whilst the golfers are very happy with the project, the results of their hard work will be a great asset to the whole community of Romsey. A report on our re-cycled water project, stage one and stage two can be found here.
During 2015 the land immediatly to the east of the course was subdivided and developed for housing. Part of this subdivision included the removal of many large, old pine trees along the eastern border of Romsey Park. These trees were in their last years and would have caused many problems within the next few years. As a result of these removals the area around the club's machinery/work shed was completely opened up allowing us to look into connecting a tank and drinking fountain to the shed. With the advent of re-cycled water there is now no fresh water in the park so a fountain at our shed would serve golfers but also all community members who use the park. We submitted an application to the Bendigo Bank for funds to purchase and install a rainwater tank with pump and drinking fountain. The location of the shed is almost half way round the Park and is a great spot for community members, and their dogs, to have a rest and a drink. In October of 2015 we were told that the Bendigo Bank would provide $2,000 to our project, the golf club will supply all other funds. In the very near future we hope to provide potable water on course for golfers and all others who use Romsey Park
These tree clearances also saw the SE corner of the course completely opened up. With a few additional branches removed we will be able to build a 2nd tee for the par 5, 14th (currently the same as the par 5, 7th). This 2nd tee will only be constructed after the sub-division is completed and we know exactly where the new fence-line is. This 2nd tee will see a par 5 of 460m - 470m making the hole very different to the current 7th/14th layout.
Each year members of the club attend a Working Bee to carry out works to maintain and improve both Romsey Park and the golf course.
Currently we have twelve greens and 14 tees, in the future additional greens and tees may be added.
The men’s course - 5,924 m/par 72/Scratch 72/Slope 124.
The women's course - 5,135 m/par 71/Scratch 73/Slope 119.
Distance markers, Red - 200m, Blue - 150m & White - 100m - from the centre of the green.
We have two course layouts;
1. The par 45, 12 hole "Old Course".
Used for the Romsey Open, The Relay For Life Cancer Fundraiser, The Presentation Day Ambrose, numerous Social Club days and many other events.
The "Old Course" Lay-out
Romsey Golf Club "Old Course" picture registered to Romsey Golf Club 2013.
Romsey Golf Club "Old Course" scorecard registered to Romsey Golf Club 2014.NB: Stroke is usually played on this lay-out, be it individual or Ambrose, however stableford & par may also be played.
2. The par 72, 18 hole Regular Course.
Used for weekly competitions, Pennant Competitions, Dalhousie Events such as the Captains' & Presidents' Day and the Royal Women's Hospital 4BBB Final, The Macedon Ranges Junior Tournament, The Gary Watts Shield and numerous other events.
The Regular Course Layout
Men's tees - Blue, Women's tees - Red
The Regular Romsey Golf Club layout picture registered to Romsey Golf Club 2014.
All scorecard and course layout images registered to Romsey Golf Club 2014.
Hole 1 - 162 M, Par 3 (Old Course 1)
The tee, 10m x 6m, is bordered by purple and white hebe bushes. The fairway begins 65 metres from the tee. The hole is slightly downhill with the green protected; on the front right by a long narrow bunker. There are out of bounds areas on either side of the fairway. A large pine tree which sat to the left of the green was struck by lightning in October 2011. Its subsequent removal has opened this hole up quite a deal. Recent plantings to the left of, and behind, the green will again see an increase in difficulty on this hole.The "Hole Gallery" will be a picture;
- from the tee,
- from the 100m marker and
- from 20m - 30m off the green.
Where greens are shared and there are two tees the gallery will include the two different tees.
Hole 2 - 313 M, Par 4 (Old Course 2)
The tee, 5m x 15m, bordered by geraniums and succulents, is located to the left a large elm tree. The fairway begins 85 metres further on. The hole is a slight dog-leg to the left, there is a large gum tree on the left, ~140 m from the tee, and a dam on the right, ~180 m from the tee. The raised green is two tiered with a grassy mound on the left and native bushes on the right.
Hole 3 - 271 M, Par 4 & Women's Hole 3 - 159 m Par 3 (Old Course 3)
A long, narrow tee, 5m x 20m, coming out of a chute of mature pine trees to a short, dog-leg right. The left is OOB onto Romsey Road while the right hand side is protected by a curving line of cypress trees and many native trees. The small green is protected by a grassy mound on the left. The green slopes back towards the fairway, OOB begins 4 - 5 m behind the green. Large pine trees on the left shade the green, often making this the softest green on the course.
Hole 4 & 11 - 364 M, Par 4 (Old Course 4)
A large 10m x 8m tee, bordered by purple and white hebe bushes, looks down this straight hole. There is a dam on the right ~220m from the tee. Two grassy mounds project into the fairway from either end of the dam. There are trees up both sides of the fairway to the green. The green slopes back to the fairway, a dense thicket of elm and birch trees lies 20m further on, however large amounts of soil have been deposited to the west of the green and shaped into a curved mound to slow and hold long shots and to keep vehicles as far off the course as possible.
Hole 5 - 345 M & Hole 12 - 325 M, Par 4 (Old Course 5)
The 5th and 12th holes play to the same green. The 5th tee, 5m x 8m, is raised whilst the 12fth tee, 5m x 10m, is 1.5 metres lower and 20m forward, a garden of succulents, dedicated to Jim Freestone, lies between the two tees. The hole is a dog-leg to the left, mature trees line both sides of the fairway. The raised green is protected by large pine and gum trees on the left. Balls striking the right edge of the green may roll down into another treed area. Going over the back provides a difficult shot to get up onto the raised green whilst not running off the front.
Hole 6 & 13 - 335 M, Par 4 (Old Course 6)
From a 5m x 8m tee bordered by purple and white hebe bushes, players hit over a dam ~85m from the tee. There is a large gum tree on the right of the the dam to catch any slices/hooks. On the left are pine trees and numerous new plantings of native trees. The hole is a dog-leg to the left to a good sized green. The corner, ~220 m from the tee, is guarded by a large pine tree and numerous native trees. There are large pine trees on the left, and a garden immediately behind, the green.
Hole 7 & 14 - 438 M, Par 5 (Old Course 7)
The first par 5 on the course. Players hit off a long, narrow tee through a chute of mature pine trees. There is a planting of trees ~185 from the tee on the left and a large area of long grass and tussocks on the right. Drives need to fade/draw slightly left to get around the trees, slices/hooks may well land you in thick grass. The fairway is lined with a variety of mature and young trees. A good second shot will land you near, or on, the sloping green. The green slopes to the fairway and is protected by a curving grass mound that runs up and around the left side and back of the green, staying below the hole is vital.
Hole 8 - 401 M Par 4 & 17 - 440 M Par 5 (Old Course 11)
A long par four which plays slightly down-hill. (The 17th tee is 40 m behind the 8th tee) There is a large pine tree on the left, ~40 from the 8th tee. Down the right side of the fairway there are numerous large trees, younger trees line the left side of the fairway. There are also areas of long grass and tussocks on either side of the fairway to catch errant drives. The green is slightly raised and protected on either side by grassy mounds
Hole 9 - 377 M, Par 4
This hole is a slight dog-leg to the left. A ~190m - 230m drive, from a 6m X 18m tee, across the boomerang shaped dam will get you close to the corner, which is protected by native trees and a large pine tree on the right and native trees on the left. The ball should be centre or slightly to the left on the fairway to get a good view of the flag, from there it is gentle left and 140m-170m to the green. New trees have been planted up both sides of this fairway. The good sized green is protected, 3m - 4m to the right of the green, by a long, curving grassy mound. Large amounts of soil have been deposited to the west of the green and shaped into a curved mound to slow and hold long shots and to keep vehicles as far off the course as possible.
Hole 10 - 327 M, Par 4
The 10th tee, 5m x 8m, is on the left of a large elm tree and is protected from errant drives off the 1st by a mesh fence and rapidly growing Virginia Creeper. Players drive down a narrow fairway towards a dam ~190m from the tee. A good drive will get over the mound at the far end of the dam and give you a ~125m approach to the green. This green is shared with hole 2. In the future it may be possible to build a another green here similar to the double greens at St Andrews.
Hole 15 - 147 M, Par 3 (Old Course 8)
The 15th tee, 5m x 7m hits slightly uphill to the largest green, on the shortest hole, on the course. A deep bunker on the front left and a grassy knoll on the right protect the green. There is some native grass to the right of the fairway and deep rough and many young trees on the left. Rapidly growing trees are ~7m over the back of the green OOB is another 3m behind these trees.
Hole 16 - 188 M, Par 3 (Old Course 9)
Perhaps the signature hole of the course. A long narrow tee, 5m X 15m, hits slightly downhill to a raised green, there is an OOB area, (the length of the hole), about 30m left of the fairway. The fairway has a large gum tree to the right, ~100m from the green and a large gum tree just short of the green on the left. A large pine tree sits ~7m behind green, the area immediately under this tree is often bare or covered by pine needles. A grassy mound is situated on the right side of the green Again, it is important to stay beneath the hole
Hole 18 - 360 M, Par 4 (Old Course 12)
From the 5m X 15m tee you will need to drive ~220m drive to reach the corner ~160m from the green, then a sharp dog-leg to the right. Your ball should be on the left or centre of the fairway to get a view of the green. There is an internal Out Of Bounds (OOB) on the right hand side of the fairway. The OOB runs from the tee to about 40m short of the green. The NE corner and fairway feature a mixture of mature pine and native trees. A large pine tree also sits at the SE corner. Overly long drives often end up around this tree making for a difficult 2nd shot. Adventerous players may take on the corner to shorten the hole, high reward but also high risk. The green is protected by a grassy mound front left, the green also slopes to the fairway as well as to the right. A number of trees have been planted behind the green. Large amounts of soil have been deposited to the west of the green and shaped into a curved mound to slow and hold long shots and to keep wheeled traffic as far off the course as possible.
Old Course - Hole 10 - 110 M, Par 3
From the 5m X 7m tee you shoot to the second largest green on the course. There is a mound 7m on the left of the green and also 4m over the back. The wind can play havoc here with players needing anything from a sand wedge to a six iron. The NW wind can also move balls dramatically into the rough on the right of the green. A large number of trees have been planted behind this green, as they grow they will give some protection from the wind and also provide some danger for the overly long shot.