19th June, 2019

Hi reader,

Thank you for your application to join Cooroy Veterans' Golf Club.  Welcome aboard.

Being a veteran golfer is not simply or solely about golf or indeed winning.  The camaraderie and providing a friendly, supportive social environment for members is an essential part of the experience.  It is a great way to meet new friends and provides a platform for social interaction between people from all walks of life in the same age demographic irrespective of golfing ability. 

I'm sure you will enjoy our competitions and events and being part of the Veteran Golfer community.

A New Member Information Pack is provided below.  I’d encourage you to read through this information as it will help you familiarise yourself with The Vets and make the most of your membership. 

Cheers

Rod Booth - Secretary/Treasurer
Cooroy Veterans' Golf Club

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NEW MEMBER INFORMATION PACK

 

History of Cooroy Veterans' Golf Club

Veteran golf clubs are not social clubs or actual golf clubs. Rather they are formally recognised as a representative association of golfers having a common interest, we are all age 55 years and over, formed by a group of people to enjoy golf and other interests amongst its membership.

Founded in the mid 1980’s with around 35 members, Cooroy Veterans’ Golf Club exists for this purpose. 

One of our club foundation members, Lionel Willett, still plays with us regularly and recently received a Gold Membership for 32 years of active playing participation with Cooroy Vets.

How we operate

We manage our competitions and events independently from Cooroy Golf Club and operate under our own stand alone Constitution, accounting system and bank account. 

Introducing the Cooroy Vets Management Committee

President: Graham Laing - Phone 54853356
Captain: Grant Smallacombe - Phone 0439171707
Vice Captain: Jim Henderson - Phone 0420928331
Secretary/Treasurer:  Rod Booth - Phone 54749452
Committee Members: Andrew Dick, David Lyons, Greg Michael, Mike Smith.

We have a formal agreement with Cooroy Golf Club Inc. setting out arrangements between the two parties.

Along with nine other clubs, Caloundra, Gympie, Headland, Maroochy River, Mt Coolum, Nambour, Pelican Waters, Noosa and Tin Can Bay, we are a member club of the Sunshine Coast District Veteran Golfers Associationthe largest Veteran Golfer District in Australia with over 1,800 members.

We have a say in District affairs through representation on the District Management Committee which meets quarterly.

Competitions and Events

Our Weekly Competition is held at Cooroy on Wednesday morning with both single and team game formats to provide variety.  We also play a Monthly Medal competition, typically on the first Wednesday of each month.  These competitions are open to male veteran golfers only.

Our Wednesday Competition Fee is $12.00 which includes a Lucky Draw. You enter your name on the Lucky Draw sheet after registering with our Starter.

Unclaimed prizes or balls due to you are available for collection from the Starter when you register for your next game.

Tee Times are from 6:30 am in summer (September to April) and from 7:00 am in winter (May to August).   

We frequently hold Shotgun Starts to allow players to arrive back in the clubhouse around the same time for presentations and socialising.  Members are encouraged to stay for these presentations as it is a great opportunity to get to know other members and have some fun.

Through our membership of the Sunshine Coast District Veteran Golfers Association, you will have the opportunity to play some of the best golf courses on the Sunshine Coast at reasonable cost under the District Host Day Program

Our annual program also includes exchange visits with golf clubs outside our District, for example, Maryborough, Maleny and Woodford.

The Nomination facility for competitions and events is usually available well in advance of the competition.

You can find details of our competition and events program in the Event Calendar on the website.

If you have any questions concerning our Wednesday competition or Host Days, please feel free to speak to Grant Smallacombe or Jim Henderson or any committee member.

Competition Day

Typically competitions run under the direction of a Starter who acts like a Concierge of Golf providing the gateway to an enjoyable day of golf for members and visitors.  The Starter’s primary role is to register players and manage an orderly start to competition for each playing group.   The Starter has authority to move players between groups and adjust tee times.

Players are encouraged to register at least 30 minutes before hitting off, particularly those in groups in the latter part of a time start field.  Our Starters also play golf, so they need time to wrap up the registration side of things and then head out and enjoy their game.

Organising and running a competition involves quite a lot of effort behind the scenes, so if you nominate to play but are unable to make your tee time or are not able to play, please ensure you notify the club as quickly as practical so that we can reorganise the field.

We have opted for 8-minute starting intervals to alleviate the congestion and waiting that occurs on the course from time to time.  The success of this change relies on groups NOT hitting off the 1st Tee before their nominated time unless called earlier by the Starter.

Competition Prizes

Typically prizes in our competitions take the form of (a) credit to your Member Club Account with Cooroy Golf Club or (b) sponsor-donated prizes.

On shotgun start days, however, prizes take the form of Cooroy Golf Club Vouchers for both Wednesday and Host/Invitation Days.  You must redeem the Voucher on the day won by the purchase of goods from Cooroy Golf Club or if this option is not practical, then within one week.

We introduced these Vouchers as we have an obligation to purchase a percentage of our annual spend on goods and services from Cooroy Golf Club.  And, we are assisting the cash flow of Cooroy Golf Club by having you purchase goods on the day of your win.  It works a bit like a 'spending stimulus' as any money sitting in your member account doesn’t turn into profit until spent.

The Vouchers provide flexible choices for each prize level with a variety of spending options listed on the Voucher.

Sponsorship

We have two sponsorship programs.   The first involves external sponsors.  You will become aware of these external sponsors from our competition presentations.  We encourage members to support businesses that support us.

The second is our Member Prize Donor Program under which Members sponsor competitions individually or get together with other members to sponsor a competition or competitions. The donation can be in cash or 'in kind', for example, golf balls.

Both of these programs are important.  They allow us to maintain attractive prize levels and provide additional benefits to members in the form of a Xmas Lunch, regular Sausage Sizzles, Marty’s Hut Hamburger and Drink Days, and a midyear Lunch which ensures these benefits are spread across all members.  All of these additional benefits are free to members.

If you are interested in being part of the Member Prize Donor Program, speak to Rod or Grant or any committee member.

ETIQUETTE and Pace of Play

We play golf without the supervision of a referee or umpire.  The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the Rules of Golf.

We expect all players to conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times irrespective of how competitive they may be - this is the spirit of veteran golfers.

The Pace of Play – The first thing to recognise is that we are all veteran golfers looking to enjoy a round of golf that flows smoothly without constant waiting. 

The simple rule is that players exercise common sense and take responsibility for the speed of play of their group. 

The key is self-assessment, and maintaining a general awareness of what is going on around you on the course.

Communication

We keep members up to date with results, information and a light-hearted view of what's happening through regular email communications.

We also post information on the Vets Noticeboard located on the wall near the Starters Room and under Golf News on the website.

As it provides useful information about Cooroy Veteran Golfers, interesting articles, competition results, photos, and course updates I would also encourage you to have a look at the Cooroy Golf Club website at http://cooroygolf.com.au/

Cooroy Vets Golf Shirts

You can order a Cooroy Veterans’ Golf Club golf shirt through our Secretary, Rod Booth.  The cost of $40.00 must be paid before we place an order with our supplier.

ENJOY YOUR GOLF

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