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President's Update

December 2023


This is my first table talk as the new President. I have big boots to fill following Bruce in this role so please bear with me while I get my head around being the President of this great club. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Bruce for his dedication to the club as President and to all the other ad hoc duties and tasks he’s undertaken for the club. Bruce has kindly offered to continue to be our voice for ensuring we get a longer term and reliable road access to the club. Apart from the securing of the road access, other priorities I see as important are -

  • Reviewing how we replace the wind-blown and other felled pine trees. The Course Committee are considering options in this space, I personally think the club should follow the lead of other North Canterbury Clubs, Kaiapoi, Waimak Gorge, Rangiora and Hanmer Springs and eventually transition out the old man pines that line the fairways and replace them with more appropriate species. Short term pain but long-term gain and it’s all about the “Right tree in the right place”.

  • Ensuring we keep our course and facilities in top order that provides our members and guests with an enjoyable golf experience. This means providing our greenkeepers and course volunteers with the right equipment that makes them productive with their time and keeps our course in good nick. I look forward to meeting up with members who I haven’t had a chance to meet yet.


Have a happy Xmas break and enjoy the odd game of golf where you can over the holiday period.

Mark Grover

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