NRMA Highway to Heaven

By |2021-05-04T09:42:58+10:00April 24th, 2021|Categories: Golf Archives, Golf News, Uncategorized|

TUROSS HEAD. Along the beach, washed-up driftwood records the tidemarks in scraggly arcs. Some is regulation sun-bleached grey, but much is blackened – a remnant of the catastrophic bushfires that hit the NSW south coast in early 2020. The sea might have no memory, but the shoreline remembersall. The scene is hopeful though, in an odd way. While nature discards its charred memories on the cove’s crusted sands, locals have made little huts out of the unburnt driftwood, as if to signify a rebuilding process. The sun also brings a sense of warmth and renewal.

On the first morning of our trip we happen upon an echidna foraging in the flower beds behind our cabin. The kids watch on with delight as it digs up an ants’ nest and shoves its entire face in the hole, its long sticky tongue extracting subterranean sustenance. “We’ll have to come back here one day” is up there with “I’m going to finish restoring this old car” for statements liable to raise doubt, but my wife and I beat the odds. We’ve returned to Tuross Head after an eight-year interval. Situated about 40 minutes south of  Batemans Bay, it huddles amongst some of the best natural wonders the NSW south coast has to offer.

Our previous visit was a brief stop as we recreated the road trip described in John O’Grady’s classic Aussie novel Gone Fishin’ (1962). This time we plan to experience the town properly. Standing on the shores of Coila Lake, I once again admire its breeze-rippled waters deepening from tea-coloured shallows to indigo depths. A squadron of pelicans off to the left discusses the day’s catch. In the foreground, ancient volcanic rocks protrude from the earth, while front and centre rests a large piece of weathered driftwood. Mountain ranges in the distance cut a jagged purple horizon across the cloudless sky.

No matter where you venture around Tuross Head, there seems to be similar visual richness. It’s a landscape painter’s paradise. If you only have an hour or two to spare, start at Coila Bar Beach and follow Tuross Boulevarde on its course around the head. It passes several points of interest, including a war memorial, the aptly named One Tree Point (which also offers fine views across the southern end of town) and a whale burial site. The unfortunate mammal washed up in 1980 and, rather than blow it up, the local council buried it in nearby McWilliam Park where it now forms a grassy mound beside the water. The site can be somewhat tricky to spot while driving but you’ll find it opposite 25 Tuross Boulevarde. 22221


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Tuross Head Men’s Shed: Take a Bow

By |2021-05-04T09:45:56+10:00April 20th, 2021|Categories: Golf Archives, Golf News, Uncategorized|

Tuross Head Men’s shed have constructed new sand  boxes with recycling receptacles for every tee on the course. Mike Birks designed, Men’s Shed created.

This new feature has along with the new cart paths given the whole course another major lift. Such a bold golf course innovation has created interest from some notable golfing  institutions, in particular Huntingdale in Victoria and of  all places a course in Augusta America that wanted Men’s Shed to manufacture 48   boxes as they have a tournament in April and their present sand  boxes look a bit shabby in comparison.

Anticipating demand Mike Birks has 3 patents pending so anyone wanting to copy will have to pay big time.     Huntingdale are still interested but the club in Augusta Georgia want a   pensioner discount as it states that almost all their members are old blokes and that after they had donated to the Trump campaign they are all a bit short of the readies.

So Men’s Shed Tuross “Take a Bow”. A great job well done.

Tuross Golf are claiming another local golfing hero to stand along side our Brendon Jones and Brad Doolan, Lachlan Nordsvan from Canberra is also a Tuross member.

He has been playing our course every school holiday ever since he was not even knee high to a grass hopper. He was so small that one time when the mower broke down it took father Michael five minuets to find him in the rough.       A valuable lesson as Lachie has never hit a ball into the rough since. With a handicap quickly heading towards zero many members are wanting to play with the Nordsvans. In years to come they want to be able to say that “Yes I used to play with the great Lauchie Nordsvan” and I actually taught him a lot of what he knows today.

Sounds familiar Brendon?

Oh by the way Lauchie is 14 years 9 months of age.

This feature is contributed by Miss Information a roving club  reporter. Miss Information is a new contributor to our media group. Please make her/him welcome. 25121

Lachlan Nordsvan with Tuross Club captain Peter Nikolic.

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Golf Results – we. Saturday 17 April 2021

By |2021-04-19T11:14:52+10:00April 19th, 2021|Categories: Ladies' Golf, Men's Golf, Uncategorized, Vets Golf|

Vets – 2 Person Ambrose – Weds 14 April 2021

Name H’cap Score Prize
Rick Brake & Richard Wharton 5.50 30.50 2 x $25
Leonie Snodgrass & Bruce Martin 3.00 31.00 2 x $20
Mike Birks & Herb Muriwai 9.50 31.50 2 x $15
Greg Smith & Ian Manton 4.25 31.75 2 x $10
Ken Hush & Jane Eglitis 32.50 Ball
Steve Collins & Frank Pomfret 33.50 Ball
Jeanette & Ian Miller 33.50 Ball
Steve Gardner & Warren Hodder 33.75 Ball
Ken Brown & Noel Downie 34.25 Ball

NTPs: 4th: Ross MacAlpine,  6th:  Paul Coffey,  7th: Jeanette Miller & Ian Miller.

Accuracy: Bruce Martin


Medley Stableford – Thursday 15 April 2021

Prize Winners H’cap Points
Ron Rogers 16 37
David Schmid 16 36
Rob Green 2 36
Allen Gannon 14 36
Steve Johnston 20 36
Ball Winners
Darrell Kildey 35
Colin Houghton 34
Peter Mostyn 34
Ted Quinlan 34
Trevor Jones 33
Tony Russell 33
Rex Wood 32
Peter Garn 32
Bruce Cleeve 32
Paul Medwin 31
Jim Wade 31
Ian McManus 31


4 David Schmid
6 Ken Hush
7 Beverly Theobald


Men’s Par Event – Saturday 17 April 2021

Prize Winners H’cap Score
Shane Gschwend 18 5
John Eglitis 18 3
Stephen Gardner 23 2
Steve Collins 14 2
Richard Wharton 20 2
Ball Winners
Allen Gannon 2
Trevor Jones 1
Richard Brake 1
Jason Nikolic 1
Greg Booth 0
Troy Kingdom 0
Derek Hoare 0
Ross Hendy -1
Paul Medwin -2
Ian McManus -2
Paul Pereira -2
Bruce Cleeve -2
Steven O’Shea -3
Leigh Coloe -3
Michael Coloe -3
Ian Lawson -3
David Schmid -3
Ian Manton -4
Greg Smith -4
Frank Pomfret -5


Hole A Grade B Grade C Grade
4 Greg Booth Ian Manton Steve Gardner
6 Ian McManus Bruce Cleeve Steve Gardner
7 Troy Kingdom Peter Nikolic

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2020 Men’s Championship

By |2021-04-19T10:16:17+10:00April 19th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

2020 Minor Singles Runner Up

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2020 Minor Singles Runner Up - Brian Currie

2020 Minor Single Champion

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2020 Minor Singles Champion - Peter Macdonald

2020 Major Pairs Runners Up

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2020 Major Pairs Runners Up - John Monks and Noel Downie

2020 Triples Runners Up

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2020 Triples Runners Up - Lawrie Riley, Col Fletcher and Des Jackson

2020 Triples Champions

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2020 Triples Champions - Peter Davies, Joel Hilliard and Michael Challice

2020 Pairs Champions

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2020 Pairs Champions - Joel Hilliard and Peter Davies

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Tuross Head Country Club INSIDEGOLF Promotion

By |2021-05-08T16:52:09+10:00April 18th, 2021|Categories: Golf News, Uncategorized|

Tuross Head Country Club men’s golf has initiated a promotion in the February 2020 issue of Australia’s most read national magazine Inside Golf.

This publication is distributed through all golf clubs and it is also accessible through their website.

Tuross Head is highlighted with an editorial coverage of our golf course and a guided tour of our attractions.

Visitors are challenged to take the turnoff on the Princes highway and come and visit us.

You can view by clicking on:

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Official Opening: Rob Green Tuross Pro Golf Shop

By |2021-05-04T09:38:42+10:00April 18th, 2021|Categories: Golf Archives, Golf News, Uncategorized|

Tuross Head men’s golf captain Peter Nikolic welcomed Rob Green, the new golf professional at Tuross, and officially opened the Rob Green Pro shop on Saturday October 3.  Rob operates out of the original golf club building where he will be able to supply all  golfing needs and he will be available for individual or group tuition.

Rob grew up and played most of his early golf in Orange NSW.  He has been a member of the PGA since 1993 and for some time played the professional circuit in Australia.

His first move to the South Coast was to be as Assistant Professional to Ken Gaffney in Narooma in 1995.  He still has fond memories of his time with Ken but in 2001 he took the professional position at Armidale where he stayed for ten years with his wife and two boys.

Rob and his family moved back to Dalmeny in 2011 and he started as Assistant Professional at Moruya, and later, when the Head Professional retired, took over as the Club Professional. By 2019 Rob decided it was time for a change and he gave the club four months notice, giving them plenty of time to find a replacement.  He and his wife then bought their caravan and headed off for “The Trip” as many of the more senior among us do.

Coaching of both new players and experienced golfers to improve their technique has always been rewarding to Rob and will be an important offering at the new shop.  With the more relaxed pace he is also looking forward to spending time helping golfers choose the best equipment for them, taking the time to fit and experiment with the different styles available.

The Pro Shop just above the 6th green will be well stocked with golfing essentials.  Rob expects the shop to initially open four days per week, with more days in the summer and probably less in winter. 51020

Tuross Head men’s golf captain Peter Nikolic and Rob Green.

               Rob Green in new Pro Shop premises.

Copy courtesy: Lance Shadbolt.

Photos: Tony Brown

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Tuross Head Country Club Government Grant History

By |2021-05-04T10:04:28+10:00April 16th, 2021|Categories: Golf Archives, Golf News, Uncategorized|

Tuross Head Country Club has been successful in obtaining a further $65,000 NSW government grant to assist in improving club facilities. This latest money will be used to create shelter around the two bowling greens and to build a pathway from the lower car parking area to the workshop shed.

Some club members and  residents of the community are asking just how did this happen. Well, the hard working people involved have been approached for comment, and the following is a record of their activities. They deserve to be recognised and thanked for their efforts.

Approximately 18 months ago, Andrew Gordon, THCC men’s golf president and Steve Swanbury, golf committee member,  took it upon themselves to investigate the possibility of the THCC accessing external funding through the Grants Process available in NSW.

Following a meeting which included THCC manager Stephen Hodge, Andrew Gordon, men’s golf president and Michael Birks, past THCC president with Andrew Constance, local Member for Bega and his staff on the golf course site, they developed a strategy of trying to identify grants that could be suitable and applicable to the THCC.  Of particular interest was funding that could assist the Club in improving aged and worn infrastructure (both of a sporting and non-sporting nature) knowing full well that internal funding within the Club was extremely tight, and that any project would necessarily be of a small nature.

Once various funding organisations within, and associated with the State Government of NSW had been identified, they proceeded with applying for a range of grants available. Over that time a number of applications were lodged – some unsuccessful. However, the club enjoyed success with a $46,000 grant from the “My Community Project Grant” which resulted in the recent resurfacing and line marking of the THCC Carpark. Many will remember the pot-holed and dilapidated nature of the carpark and the money required to ameliorate this was significant. The support from both club members, along with many from the local community was tremendous. Who can forget the incredibly difficult voting process?  Thankfully this type of grant process is unlikely to be repeated.

Once a number of further applications had been lodged, a fairly solid platform had been established which could be used to target various types of grants.  Feedback was always sought from any unsuccessful application, and this allowed future applications to be modified.

Tuross Head Country Club lost no time in arranging for Downer EDI Mogo to lay 30mm hot mix over the damaged surface car park.

Colin Fletcher from the bowlers was consulted about improving the bowling facilities, as they form an integral part of the overall sporting infrastructure of the THCC along with the golf course. Colin was able to identify various aspects of the bowling facilities that required updating or replacement, and worked hard in obtaining quotes for various works.

In March of this year it was learnt that they had been successful in attaining $65,000 through the “Building Community Partnerships Grant Round.” This application was lodged by Mike Birks, now THCC 2019  past club president, in September last year. The money is for new shade infrastructure for both bowling greens and will provide an access pathway across the 6th Fairway from the lower carpark to the machinery shed.   In the current COVID-19 environment, it is both gratifying and pleasing to know that external government agencies believe  there is a strong future for the THCC by investing in their future.

The money for the shade infrastructure should arrive in the next couple of weeks and work is expected to commence in removing the aged and rusted existing structure immediately.  The building of the access pathway should commence soon after under the supervision of the Course Superintendent, Tim Watson.

Men’s golf president Andrew Gordon reports “Prior to the two government grants, we were successful (on behalf of the Golf Sub-clubs) in attaining a $3,000 grant from Golf NSW which has been used to improve drainage on the 8th fairway. This project is part-way complete through the great work of Tim Watson and his course maintenance team and should be completed shortly.

As part of the process, an officer from Golf NSW attended to assess our application first-hand. He wrote highly of the THCC Golf Course and the work that the ground-staff had achieved since his previous visit some three years before, and he had no hesitation in supporting our application for funding.”

Along the way the management and the board  purchased the now familiar Ventrac Tractor Mower and men’s golf purchased outright a new Kubota Rough Mower – a total of $73,000 of new equipment. 20520

The Tuross Head crew (from left) Tyson Hastie, assistant Ben Hewison, superintendent Tim Watson, Terry Beales and Richard Kelly.

This has enabled the ground-staff to work more efficiently and achieve the incredible results that we now see in the improved playing surface of the golf course.

Mention must be made of the fabulous work of our men and women volunteers who tend and maintain gardens, assist in laying concrete paths and the various working bees that are arranged to maintain and improve our sporting facilities.
It has been a lot of work, but extremely satisfying when you see the changes around the club in the past couple of years.

One of the many works carried out by club volunteers.

STOP PRESS: May 26 2020

The first instalment of the Building Community Partnerships Grant has been received by the THCC.

Work is underway to achieve the maximum benefit with the money and it is expected that demolition of the old shade structure will occur in the coming months along with construction of the new structure.

Once this has been done, the final monetary instalment will be sought to complete the access pathways.

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Adam Hills escapes to Tuross Head

By |2021-05-08T17:06:57+10:00April 14th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Adam Hills, the author of Best Foot Forward, host of ABC TV program The Last Leg plus the upcoming Spicks and Specks reunion shows, was in Tuross Head recently.
Through the courtesy of the Sunday Telegraph Escape magazine you can view Adams opinion of our town.
“It’s quite, beautiful, fun – put simply – it’s a happy place. Just don’t tell too many people about it,” he says.
Read the full report by clicking on the following link. 5320


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Escape to Tuross Head

By |2021-05-08T17:04:32+10:00April 14th, 2021|Categories: Golf News, Uncategorized|

Adam Hills, the author of Best Foot Forward, host of  ABC TV program The Last Leg plus the upcoming Spicks and Specks reunion shows, was in Tuross Head recently.    

Through the courtesy of the Sunday Telegraph Escape magazine you can view Adams opinion of our town.

“It’s quite, beautiful, fun – put simply – it’s a happy place. Just don’t tell too many people about it,” he says. 11219

Read the full report by clicking on the following link.                                                                             


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Peter Hogan scores a Hole in One.

By |2021-04-12T18:48:52+10:00April 12th, 2021|Categories: Men's Golf, Mixed Golf, Uncategorized|

Tuross Head Country Club men’s  stableford competition held on Saturday April 10 saw well known local golfer Peter Hogan, score a hole in one on the 15th hole. Congratulations Peter from all Tuross players.

John Eglitis emerged as the winner of the stableford event with a score of 42 stableford points. Paul Rowe was a close second with  40 points, ahead of Ian McManus with 38, Steve Pritchell 36, and Shane Gschwend who finished with 36 stableford points.

Nearest the pins were won by Brad Doolan on the 4th and 6th hole in division A, division B golfer Paul Rowe was best on the 4th. Herb Muriwai won the award on the 4th hole in C grade.

Thursday’s medley stableford event was won by Jim Wade with 38 points beating Neil Mather on  a countback. Darrell Kildey filled third spot with 35 points followed by Allen Gannon and Ray Bollard who both handed in cards of 34 points. Nearest the pins were won by Darrell  Kildey on the 4th hole, Darren Rogers won the 6th and Rex Wood won the 7th.

Photo: Peter Hogan is congratulated by club captain Peter Nikolic after scoring a hole in one on the 15th hole.

Photo: Courtesy Tony Brown.














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