".....it (Port Fairy) is the best value golf in the world - without question."  Golf Australia

NEWS for 31 December 2009

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The January 2010 edition of one of Australia's most prestigious, best selling golf magazines,"Golf Australia" features "AUSTRALIA'S 50 BEST COURSES 2010"  and PORT FAIRY HAS DONE IT AGAIN!  - but even  better - improving from 44th to best course in the nation in 2006 to 42nd in 2008 to 41st in 2010!

The feature says
"The ranking of 2010 is a superb mixture of classic courses - some made over for these modern times - as well as relatively new and exciting layouts.
As you read through our list you can be assured the courses featured are the best of the best - the cream of Australian golf"

The 13 judges (7 of whom were new) were each asked to submit their list of 50 courses with greater emphasis criterion to be placed on a courses design and less on it's conditioning.

The top 50 are an impressive list of courses and the Port Fairy Golf Club has every reason to be extremely  proud not only of its inclusion again but also its improved ranking.

Again only three western Victorian courses are included in this years ranking: Thirteenth Beach - Beach course, Barwon Heads and Port Fairy.

In addition Port Fairy has been ranked above some extremely well known courses including Amstel, The Vines, Club Pelican, Hope Island,  Huntingdale and Hyatt Regency Coolum with many other well known couses not attaining a top 50 ranking.

With green fees of $37 and a full membership of $445 
(and for those outside the 40km radius - a country membership of $370 ) it must be said that:

 Port Fairy has again lived up to its reputation  as
"the best value golf in the world  -  without question!"

Golf Australia Rankings for 2010
1. Royal Melbourne (West)
2. Kingston Heath
3. Barnbougle Dunes
4. New South Wales
5. Royal Melbourne (East)
6. The National (Moonah)
7. Royal Adelaide
8. Metropolitan
9. Victoria
10. St Andrews Beach
11. Newcastle
12. Kooyonga
13. Woodlands
14. Kennedy Bay
15. Commonwealth
16. The Lakes
17. 13 th Beach (Beach Course)
18. Lake Karrinyup
19. Peninsula (North Course)
20. Royal Sydney
21. The National (old Course)
22. Barwon Heads
23. Moonah Links (Legends)
24. The Dunes
25. Magenta Shores
26. Peninsula (South)
27. Brookwater
28. The Australian
29. Yarra Yarra
30. Royal Queensland
31. The National (Ocean Course)
32. Joondalup
33. The Glades
34. Portsea
35. The Cut
36. Royal Canberra (118)
37. Grange (West Course)
38. Elanora
39. Moonah Links (Open)
40. Settlers Run
41. Port Fairy
42. Amstel (Ranfurlie)
43. The Vines (Lakes Course)
44. Club Pelican
45. The Vintage
46. The Grand
47. Huntingdale
48. Hope Island
49. Hyatt Regancy Coolum
50. Concord



NEWS for 24 December 2009

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'Young and Older'
The Christmas Ambrose held on Saturday came down to a battle between the 'young and the older golfers'.
The winning group consisted of teenagers Marcus Wilkinson, Xavier McCartney and Dylan O'Keefe, all sub ten handicappers, together with Ross Moray who may have had his handicap for sale!
This win capped off a fine week for Marcus who won Wednesday's pro competition with a solid 43 points.

Peugeot Classic Final
Port Fairy's representatives in the state wide Peugeot Classic final represented the district with pride recently.
Although unsuccessful the team enjoyed the experience of competing at such an event and look forward to next years heats.

Photo: Geraldine Dalton, Judy Stephens and Helen Dwyer at Keysborough Golf Course for the final of Peugeot Classic.






Sad Loss
The President, Committee and members were saddened by the passing of our distinguished Life Member, Jim Fitzwilliam.
Jim was a driving force in establishing the course in its present 'dunes' location and we will all miss the stories he had to offer of those early years.



NEWS for 17 December 2009

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Final Captains Cup and Medallist
The final of the 2009 Captains Cup and Medal of Medallists was played on Sunday 13 December.
The addition this year of a final played by the top 20 performers in the monthly Saturday medal events proved popular and will continue in 2010.
An outstanding round returned by Tony Allen, playing off 5, of 71 (66) saw him take out both events.

Photo: Tony Allen








High Scores continue.
Another week of high scores were recorded with Dylan O'Keefe's 43 points in A Grade on Saturday being shaded by a 44 from Chris Rowan from B Grade.
The same 44 points was required by Peter Chamberlain to win Wednesdays Pro Competition.

Saturday Ambrose
This Saturdays competition is the Christmas Ambrose which has proven to be a popular event for district golfers.
Fields for the holiday period are sure to be large so members are reminded to have their names in early each week.
The major event in January will once again be the 27 hole Moyneyana Open held on Saturday 23 January.

We wish all members a happy festive season and good golfing over the warmer months.



NEWS for 10 December 2009

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'Turkey Day'
The final event on the Social Club calendar, 'Turkey Day', where all prizes are Christmas turkeys, was held on Sunday 6 December.
In her last role as 2009 President of the Social Club, Merle Rantall, thanked all who attended events over the year and particularly those who made the Christmas breakup such an enjoyable day.

Photo: Mark Jenkins and Evelyn Robertson are presented with the 'Turkey' by 2009 Social Club President Merle Rantall.


December Captain's Cup and Monthly Medal
With 162 players taking the field the last monthly medal of the year was a keenly fought contest.
Sub par rounds were the order of the day for all grades with Michael Hunt 81 (18) 63 returning the best nett score of the day and thus awarded the Monthly Medal.
Michael will now join the other medal winners and the top 20 competitors in Captain Cups across the year to compete in a final on Sunday 13 December.


NEWS for 3 December 2009

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2009 Moyne Seniors Classic Run and Won
Sixty golfers from more than 35 clubs descended on Port Fairy Thursday 26th and Friday 27 November.
Under threatening skies the field competed on Thursday afternoon in windless conditions, and with handicaps ranging all the way down to 3, excellent results were returned.
The first day's leader was VGA councillor, Pat Giles of Goonawarra, with 70 (5) 65.
With the expected storms replaced again by windless sunny skies for the second round Pat continued his good form for a 36 hole win of 143.
The nett section was awarded to Tony Hyde from Rossdale with a 138 total.

The event was a sound demonstration of the club's ability to host major events whilst the Thursday night dinner was enjoyed by all.

sPhoto: Pat Giles winner of the VGA Moyne Seniors Classic congratulated by Tony Hyde, Nett winner







Week of extremes.
Results and conditions varied greatly over the past week. Wednesdays 25 November's Pro Comp saw 20 golfers return scores of 40 or more points, with Paul Smith returning an excellent round of 46 points off a handicap of 2 (equivalent to 8 under).
Saturday's large field set off with high hopes which came crashing down with an intense storm causing the withdrawal of many.
Oddly those that persevered received improved conditions later in the day.
The corresponding 'ball run downs' tell the tale of the days with 40 points required on Wednesday and nett 77 on Saturday.

Social Club Turkey Day
Members are reminded that Sunday 6 December is the annual 'Turkey Day'.
This event is developing into a Christmas breakup for many and an enjoyable day is ensured with a shotgun start at 12 noon.


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