My Fellow Members,

It gives me considerable pleasure, on behalf of your Board of Directors and our Management Team, to once again communicate and make up to date comment on various matters of interest and importance currently occurring within your club.  
Specifically, regarding The Country Club St Georges Basin, (often referred to by many, as the “mother club”), trading has been very strong indeed with most revenue areas coming in ahead of budget, and overall, we could be heading for a the biggest profit the club has seen outside of Covid-affected trading and government assistance. A snapshot example worth quoting is the recent holiday period in April, a period of seventeen days trading. During this time our restaurant served the equivalent of 8143 main meals, the café delivered 1808 coffees and the bars poured 29276 schooners of high-quality beverage. To perform at such an effective level takes a real team effort on behalf of all of our management and staff, and when combined with the noticeable support of you, our loyal members, and a very hard-working board of directors, future successes are not only likely but most certainly sustainable.  

Your board of directors have consistently taken a cautious and measured approach with the expenditure of club finances, which has enabled some very important capital purchases and improvements to occur. These include but are not limited to the following:  

  • Purchase of a Bobcat Excavator for use on both golf courses. $40000
  • Major renovation of bowling green 3. $30000
  • Installation of a 100kw rooftop solar system. $106000
  • Current refurbishment and extension of outdoor gaming room to be brought up to an industry standard. $284000 
  • New air-conditioning unit. $180000         

In addition to the above, management is currently engaged in securing options and quotes for a wider refurbishment of the Lounge Bar and verandah area. We certainly live in exciting times, and you can be assured that we will proceed very steadily in a planned and methodical way, but at no stage spending members’ money in a risky or careless manner.  

One of my most significant and pleasurable duties is to represent our club on Anzac Day, by way of laying a wreath. This occurred on three separate occasions. The service at Voyager Park, Huskisson, which followed an incredibly well attended street march, saw Barry Edwards from the Huskisson RSL Sub-branch as the master of ceremonies. Barry who is also a vice-president of the Country Club did a magnificent job, and really value added to the commemoration of the national event; Greg Devlin, another of our valued members, performed the MC duties at Coastal Waters with great passion and empathy, with this ceremony being conducted indoors, which proved to be very successful indeed; Sanctuary Point Public School was the third venue that I attended for Anzac Day. The hosts for their service were the school captains, who also did a fabulous job, and this was on the back of the contribution that children of armed services personnel made to the occasion by sharing their stories by way of display in the foyer of our club. In addition to this were the autobiographies of several of our ex-service personnel, which were also displayed in our foyer. Yes the widely acknowledged Anzac Spirit was most certainly captured in each of these wonderful events.  

The first week in May saw the Womens’ State Fours Carnival come to the Shoalhaven, which involved competition at seven venues, with our club being the hub venue including lead-up matches, quarter- finals, semi-finals and the final. The general consensus amongst the competitors was that the Basin’s greens were second to none. Once again this is a feather in our cap and a real pat on the back for Dave Hukins and his hardworking staff. Our women competed in five different teams, which is a solid achievement in itself, with one of our composite teams making it through to the semis. To the organising committee and all of the dedicated volunteers, congratulations on a job well done. It was wonderful to see the excitement and the spirited atmosphere generated by increasingly large numbers of competitors and spectators as the week drew on.  

On the golfing front, I have to say that we as a board continue to receive many positive comments from both our playing members as well as visitors, regarding the condition of both of our golf courses. This is most gratifying for Superintendent John Berthon and his very capable team. John has both the experience and the expertise required to deliver two quality golf courses and he is doing just that, particularly following such a period of prolonged wet weather. Visitors are completely gob -smacked when they are informed that for a fee of $375 p.a membership of two privately owned golf courses is secured! No one could ever complain about that, could they? And yet there is more to do, and we as a board are committed to push the boundaries of “standards of excellence”, and this is with the complete concurrence of John and his team. It is the diversification of types of work that is so impressive, including embracing different ways of greens renovation, bunker drainage, swale drainage, concreting, protective metal fence construction, tree planting, machinery maintenance, general drainage and a vast variety of general duties.  

With reference to the Paradise Beach Road land, there is little new information at this stage, as we are waiting for the completion of the feasibility assessment by our consultant, and a subsequent presentation to the board.  

Regarding The Country Club Vincentia and its sustainability options, there is little new information that I can report to members at this stage, other than to say that we as a board are looking forward to presenting the Tully Heard Sustainability Report to you, once the remaining issues of concern are ironed out. I do note that golf revenue to date is 15% ahead of budget, and I do encourage all members to consider following that trend, and maybe have a game of golf, go in for a beer and perhaps have a Chinese meal. Take Mothers’ Day, for example, the restaurant was full and overflowing and the old atmosphere was back, which is what needs to be sustained into the future.  

Finally, on behalf of your board, management and staff I do say thank you to you our supportive members, for your very constructive suggestions, for your patience, for your commitment and above all for the atmosphere that you provide by taking full advantage of all that your club, The Country Club, the greatest club, has to offer.  

Bob Proudfoot
President

Fri 31

Perfect Plate 2024

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Cashy Fridays! – Vincentia

May 31 @ 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Vincentia Meat Raffle

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Dirty Dicks Theatre Dinner

May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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MEGA Friday Members Badge Draw

May 31 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Jun 01

Last Chance Honey

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Jun 02

Sunday Meat Market

June 2 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Monkey Business

June 2 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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BBQ Pork Ribs & Beer Mondays

June 3 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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NPL Poker St Georges Basin

June 3 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm