News from the Red Tees December 2017

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Welcome to the last edition of News from the Red Tees for 2017. Our golfing season concluded on Fun Day, which saw us playing the course in ways never seen before, and our traditional Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings wrapped up what has been another great year for the ladies at the Brisbane Golf Club. The 9-hole summer competition is available over December and January until we reconvene for our Opening Days in early February. Until then, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Notices and News


Ladies’ Committee 2018

The committee for 2018 was elected into office at our AGM on Tuesday, 21 November. The willingness of our members to step up and “do their bit” is greatly appreciated. Please remember that your committee is comprised of volunteers who will be working very hard again next year to bring you an enjoyable golfing and social program. We know you will give them your support and encouragement. We welcome on to committee Sue Rapson (Vice President), Sue Lewandowski (Weekend Representative), Trisha Quinn (LLG sub-committee) and Leng Ho (general committee).


Back – Barb Singleton, Sue Lewandowski, Kerrie O’Callaghan, Trisha Quinn, Sue Rapson, Lindsay Gaskell, Vivienne Cassidy.  Front – Leng Ho, Elaine Egerton, Helen Placanica, Jenny Johnson



AGM Presentation of Honour Boards and Trophies 

The ladies’ honour boards and trophies were presented following our AGM on Tuesday. Congratulations to our champions, and all the winners of our major events in 2017.



Summer Course Renovations
  • Resurfacing of the ladies’ 6th tee has commenced and it will be out of play for approximately a month. A temporary green will be in place during this time.
  • Once the above works have been completed, a heavy green and a light fairway renovation will be undertaken.


Congratulations to 9-Hole Emirates Open Participants

Great effort by the Queensland team, represented by BGC members Kellie Drew, Robyn Elphinstone, Campbell Kerr and Alan Grieve, who finished a close second at the Emirates 9-Holes Open event played at The Australian in Sydney, on Saturday, 26 November.



Nine & Wine – Friday, 17 November

As a wrap up for the 2017 Ladies, Let’s Golf program, 21 new-to-golf ladies were partnered by our wonderful LLG volunteer escorts for an enjoyable 9-hole Ambrose followed by a glass of wine and cheese and dips platters on the Terrace. Winners were Ann Fell and Jenny Whelan.



“Fun Day” – Thursday, 23 November

Our golfing season concluded for 2017 with the play of our annual “Fun Day”, and this year was laughs aplenty as we played a course configured to test and confound!



Midweek Christmas Celebrations, Tuesday, 9 November

A casual 9-holes of golf for some ahead of a traditional Christmas lunch in the Tennyson Room, enjoyed by 120 of our ladies. Our end of season celebrations is always a highlight of our golfing year, and this year was no exception. The room looked particularly festive, thanks to Jenny and her helpers, and the Christmas quiz was a lot of fun, with the winning table enjoying a bottle of French champagne. Thanks to Chef Frederick for the delicious lunch, and Lauren for dealing with the many inquiries and table bookings, and Rudy for efficient service on the day.



New Golfing Portal on our Website

Everyone will by now be aware of the new golfing portal on our website that replaces MiClub. As happens when installing any new software, there are issues to be resolved and we thank you for your patience as these are being addressed. Some of the priority issues being worked on by the developers are:

  • Membership categories will be shown and ladies’ bookings will appear in red print.
  • On mobile devices (phone, iPad) the username and password will be remembered and the scroll-down function will allow you to access all of your date range selected.
  • Refinements of the lesson bookings and cancellations function.
  • The “Course” tab (for clinic bookings) will be renamed “Clinics” and moved to a more prominent position.

You are encouraged to familiarise yourself with the new portal and in particular, check your Profile page and update your details if necessary. If you have any constructive feedback on functions you would like to see refined or incorporated into the portal, then please see Joe in the Golf Shop or email


Summer Golf

With the 2017 season at a close, we move into summer mode of 9-hole competitions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and the Summer Competition available for the girls playing on Saturdays. You can, of course, play 2 x 9 holes if you wish to maintain your 18-hole fitness. You are also welcome to play the 9-Hole Summer Series on Friday and Sunday mornings. Check the website for more information.


Congratulations Dee Dee

Well done to Dee Dee Russell who won The Dunes Medal, a women’s Australian Amateur Ranking event administered by The Dunes Golf Club on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. It is contested over 72-holes stroke play. We wish Dee Dee luck in the Victorian Amateur Championships being played 8 to 14 December.



Course Closures – Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 January 2018

Please note the course will be closed Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 January for maintenance.


2018 Member Diary and Fixtures Book

The 2018 Fixtures Book will be available for collection from the office mid-January.



Upcoming Events

Saturday Ladies’ Christmas Lunch – Saturday, 9 December


Children’s Christmas Party – 3.00pm to 5.30pm on Saturday, 9 December  


Faulty Towers – Friday, 15 December

The Dining Experience that blends ingenious comedy, a unique theatrical script and a delicious 3-course meal, this is a multi-sensory treat where chaos greets you as you walk through the door as Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve you a dinner you won’t forget. $99 per person includes a 3-course meal and 2-hour interactive show. Pre-paid bookings essential – contact Lauren Carr on 0450 636 436 or email


Hambrose  – Saturday, 16 December

Ever been tempted to hit from the men’s 17th tee across the lake to the 6th green? If you’re a 7-day member, you can try your luck in the annual Hambrose team event. Winning team members win a Christmas ham.


Club AGM – Saturday, 16 December


Pre-Order Christmas Lunch – Orders close Sunday, 17 December

Check out the website for Christmas specialties. Simply email your order before 5.00pm and your requests will be ready for collection on Christmas Eve between 10.00am and 4.00pm.


Christmas Day Buffet Lunch at BGC – Midday on Monday, 25 December (Tennyson Room)

A relaxed Christmas Lunch for the entire family. Enjoy seafood, turkey, glazed ham, delicious desserts and all the trimmings of Christmas fare. Investigate the menu created by Chef here. $140 per adult, $70Teens, $50 children between 3-12 and Children under 3 are free. The course will be open on Christmas Day to those wanting to walk off a bit of Christmas excess.


Opening Days 2018

Midweek Opening Day is Tuesday, 6 February.  This will be 9-hole Stableford competition with a 9.00am shotgun start. Morning Tea from 8.00am, Bring and Buy from 11.00am, followed by lunch in the Tennyson Room with the President’s Welcome at 1.15pm.  Saturday Opening Day is scheduled for Saturday, 10 February.


Captain’s Corner


Taking a well-deserved break, Elaine Egerton will be back in the Captain’s Corner in the New Year with results, rules and news on all things golf.


Around The Traps



Judith Hamilton, a recent graduate of the LLG program, finished off her exciting year of golf with a hole-in-one on the 13th on Tuesday, 14 November, seen below being presented with her trophy by Ann Fell.



Pennant Caddy Play Away 

30 ladies traveled to Kooralbyn on 13 and 14 November for the annual pennant player and caddies play away. Golf on Monday was a real test of skill apparently, with the course set up particularly challenging.  32 ladies played an easier round on Tuesday. Thanks to 2017 Captain Ann Fell for organising an occasion enjoyed by all who attended.


Ann Clifton, Jenny Somers 


Kerrie O’Callaghan, Elaine Egerton


BDLGA Committee Day at Virginia Golf Club

A number of the 2017 committee ladies played the BDLGA annual inter-committee day at Virginia on Friday, 10 November. Some played the course better than others, none of us played it very well, and needless to say, the BGC team went home empty-handed.


Lindsay Gaskell


Ladies, Let’s Golf


Our 2017 season is now closed and escorted golf for Bronze members has finished for the year. Vivienne Cassidy will be coordinating this program in 2018, with the enthusiastic assistance of in-coming committee member Trisha Quinn.

Postcards From


The judges had a really tough time this year – the number and quality of entries made it our best-ever Best Photo competition. The winning entry, receiving a round of golf for two with a motorised cart at Noosa Springs, is Jan Hamilton with her magnificent photo of the Lilac Breasted Roller bird taken at the Jacana Camp in Botswana.




Runner-Up was Helen King’s photo of Dettifoss Waterfalls in Iceland.



Special commendations of our judging panel went to the following:



Golf Plus


Charity Year High Tea Cook Book

Next year is our charity year when all monies raised from our fundraising efforts, sweeps, mulligans, and raffles etc go towards a nominated charity (to be announced in the New Year). In 2018, as well as holding the ever-popular charity Trivia Night, the Ladies’ Committee will be hosting a High Tea and fashion parade on Friday, 23 March.

A High Tea recipe book is being compiled, and if you would like to contribute your favorite High Tea sweet or savoury “something” recipe, please email to  All contributions must be received no later than 1 February 2018.  If you know of a business or individual who may be interested in contributing towards the cost of printing the recipe book, please let me know.



You can almost hear it humming and Tessa certainly looks very relaxed and soothed, but did the Tibetan Healing Bowl cure her golfer’s elbow? With the first treatment session coming with a disclaimer that a second session “may be necessary”, the answer is unknown. Regardless, Tessa certainly looks serenely peaceful.



Bathing Belle

We have seen what a talented seamstress and milliner Jan Battersy is, viz her Melbourne Cup outfits. She is also right out there in the swimwear fashion stakes. Looking absolutely stunning, Jan. Enjoy your cruise!



No Tears this Year

Little Hamish celebrated his 3rd birthday with another fabulous cake created by grandmother Robyn Elphinstone – you will recall last year he had a major meltdown when his “doggie” cake was cut. Thankfully, no tears this year, apparently.



Cleaning up at Yamba

A group of BGC girls had a wonderful few days at Yamba recently participating in the annual Yamba Ladies’ Golf Tournament, and scooping up many prizes including two major raffles, and the two pots of parsley awarded to the most tenacious (but least successful) ladies!




The day before Christmas, Dave who lives in Brisbane, calls his son in Perth and tells him, “Son, I hate to give you bad news at this time, but your mother and I are getting divorced.  Forty-five years of misery is forty-five too many.”


The son is absolutely flabbergasted, and simply can’t believe what he’s hearing and despite his protestations, Dave continues, “We’re sick of each other, son, and I’m sick of talking about this.  So you call your sister in Darwin and tell her the news.”


Frantically, the son calls his sister.  “Like hell they’re getting divorced,” she rages.  “Leave it to me and I’ll talk to them.”


The sister immediately calls Dave, and screams down the phone, “You are not getting divorced.  You hear me?  And you are not doing a single thing until I get there.  I’m calling my brother back and we’ll both be there tomorrow.  Until then, don’t you do a single thing!”   And she hangs up the phone.


Dave hangs up his phone and turns to his wife.  “All sorted, luv!  They’re coming for Christmas – and they’re paying their own way.”



Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.




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