News from the Course January 13

Charity Golf Days at Jamberoo in 2018

Jamberoo Golf Club has a proud history of supporting worthy charitable causes with golf days held on our course.

This year there are 4 charities that we are supporting : Juvenile Diabetes Research; Ovarian Cancer Research; The Johnny Warren Foundation and the Community Cancer Link Foundation.

White Duck Charity Golf Day – for Juvenile Diabetes Research

The date for the White Duck Day has had to be changed to Friday 16th March 2018, instead of the 9th of March. This has been necessary to avoid a clash with another charity golf day on a nearby course which was affecting our ability to attract sponsors and visiting players.

Please make a note of this when you get your new golf diary that is presently being printed ready for distribution to members.

The organisers would like to thank Srixon Golf and Drummond Golf at Shellharbour for their kind donations for this event.

Ovarian Cancer Charity Day

The Ladies Ovarian Cancer Charity Day will be held on Tuesday 27th of March. It is a 3 person ‘Hartball’ event for Ladies only.

The Johnny Warren Foundation Day

This event supports the Johnny Warren Foundation and is organised by the Foundation itself. It is a 4 person Ambrose with dinner and drinks after golf at the Jamberoo Pub. It is due to be played on Thursday the 17th of May.

The Community Cancer Link Charity Day

The Community Cancer Link Charity Day will be held on Tuesday 16th of October. It is a 2 person Ambrose competition for both lady and gentleman golfers organised by the Ladies Committee.

Please consider supporting these worthwhile days.

2018 Golf Programme

While you are waiting for your hard copy of the 2018 golf programme you can access it on the club web page in either of two places. If you look in the ‘Golf’ tab then you will find it under ‘Programme of Events’. Alternatively if you look under the ‘More’ tab and then ‘Notices and Downloads’ you will find the 2018 Golf Programme in calendar form.

Feel free to copy these for your use.

In the meantime here is the rest of January’s events:

Tues, Jan 16: Ladies – Stableford (white course)
Mon, Jan 15: Veterans Stableford (white course)
Wed, Jan 17: Stableford (white course) – One Grade Day                                          
Sat, Jan 20: Stableford (white course)
Tues, Jan 23: Ladies – 321 countdown (white course)
Wed, Jan 24: Stableford (white course)                         
Fri, Jan 26 Australia Day: Stableford (white course) – walk up start from 7 am to 10 am
Sat, Jan 27: Par (white course)
Tues Jan 30: Ladies Stableford (white course)
Wed, Jan 31: Stableford (white course)

Latest Golf Results

Another great week in golf this week on the course. This was especially the case on Saturday where Friday night’s storm didn’t seem to effect the course at all with the greens running very nicely and no water laying about the course.

Arthur Bosanquet maintained his great form with another win on Wednesday, while Greg Seymour continues to score well each game to always come second in A grade it seems! It took George Vlatko to get up and down from the hazard on Saturday to just pip Greg by one. Margaret Cook is again in the winner’s circle with wins on Tuesday and Saturday in the Ladies events, while Harry Osman had a very good day on Wednesday winning the B grade on a count back with 39 points.

It was close in B grade on Saturday where five players finished on 38 points. Only three prizes were awarded so the unlucky two, John Hol and Colin Owers, had to settle for a ball each. Ian Martens had the day’s top Stableford score with 41 points to win C Grade comfortably while early starter Jeff O’Brien’s 32 points held up all day to take out D grade.

Finally I believe Arthur Bosanquet and Liz Armstrong had a bet on Saturday on whom would pay for their meal next Friday. Lowest Stableford score shouts. Time to get the wallet out Arthur, Liz’s 34 beat your 33!

Hope to see you all again on the course next week.

Saturday 13th January 2018 – Stableford

A Grade Winner:   George Vlatko 38 pts

B Grade Winner:   Stephane Seveque 38 pts cb  2nd Place: Phil Hellmund 38 pts cb 3rd Place: Geoff Reynolds 38 pts cb

C Grade Winner:   Ian Martens 41 pts 2nd Place:  Dave Billett 39  pts

D Grade Winner:   Jeff O’Brien 32 pts

Ladies  Winner    Margaret Cook 34 pts (c/b)

Wednesday 10th January 2018 – Mens Stableford

A Grade Winner   Arthur Bosanquet 40 pts

B Grade Winner   Harry Osman 39 pts (c/b)  2nd  Paul O’Leary 39 pts (c/b)  3rd  Bruce Michie (The Links Shell Cove) 39 pts

C Grade Winner   Reg Wilson 42 pts

D Grade Winner  Alexander Bruce 37 pts

Tuesday 9th January 2018 – Ladies Stableford

Div 1 Winner:  Margaret Cook 35 pts Runner Up: Jenelle Anderson 34 pts

Div 2 Winner:  Marie Smith 39 pts  Runner Up:  Judy Casey 34 pts

9 Hole Competition Winner:   Marg Chaffey 15 pts

Monday, 8th January 2018 – Veterans Stableford

Winner Luke Oborn 42 Pts 2nd Greg Seymour 40 Pts 3rd David Newton 40 Pts (c/b)




NEW BRIDGE & other things


NEW BRIDGE  —A big thank you to Lance Fredericks and John Ellsmore for their awesome lateral thinking and rock building skills. What a cheap solution to a long term problem. Carts can now access the 7th Tee.


 Clubs’  Promotion and Membership Drive .    IRT Seniors, Retirement & Lifestyle Expo.   To be held at City Beach Events 1 Marine Drive Wollongong. Sunday 21st May 10am—2pm. Come and visit this great expo. If you would like to help with the Promo leave your name with the starters and we will ring you. 1HR is all thats required.


If anyone is interested in letting out a bedroom in their house for $60pp per night to accomodate a Footgolf Player for 2-3 nights , please email or phone the office with your expression of interest

Swans Visiting .


Friday the 19th May 3-5:30pm. Wear some Fluro—brightest Player wins a prize.

Fluro Vests available if you have nothing. Just turn up after 3:30 and choose 9 holes of golf or Footgolf. If you know a group of friends are coming book on 42360404

BBQ and drinks (Beer and soft drink) available.



FootGolf AO 18th hole

Monies been counted and the weekend made over $6000 profit for the club with minor disruptions to normal operations. Social golfers were on the course by 2:30 every day.

FOOTGOLFS’ ORGANISER MEMO: I have been really taken out of my comfort zone in organising this but have had great Board Support—most freezing their butts of as Marshalls.

A big THANK YOU to the over 50 volunteers and Sponsors who as a member said made it the “BEST EVENT EVER”. It really was something special. This is what our club is about—volunteers doing the best they can, to keep our fees the BEST VALUE IN THE ILLAWARRA.

A special thanks to  John Duncan (ex Greenkeeper) who inspired me to keep going with FootGolf—he could see the potential as a secondary form of income for the club. Martin has continued the good work—even changing FootGolf holes in response to Overseas expertise. Shaun did his usual great artistic work, we are so lucky to have you– amazing to watch.

The 6 month trial of FootGolf is up next week. Have a good think on how it has affected you personally . Any comments or suggestions—good or bad put in writing in Suggestion Book near the computer terminal in Golfers Lounge, or write a letter to the board. This will assist the board in upcoming descisions.

CHEERS   Sue Paul (Seize the Day–Carpe Diem)



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Jim Butt: Jamberoo’s affable and very experienced PGA Teaching Professional

Jim Butt Teaching
“Gentelman” Jim Butt (right) shares his vast knowledge with a budding golfer at Jamberoo Golf Club

By JGC Daily Cow Special Correspondent Arthur Bosanquet

Jim Butt, a member of the PGA of Australia for over 30 years, is the golf “Teaching Professional” at Jamberoo Golf Club (JGC).  He is at JGC every Tuesday and Friday, and offers a wide range of services to enhance your golfing experience; these include teaching for individuals or groups (both for members of JGC and non-members), golf club repairs, and the sale and fitting of new golf clubs. He can be contacted on 0402 262 641, or in person at JGC on either Tuesdays or Fridays, where he can be found in his shed, on the practice range (between the 18th and 10th fairways) or in the players’ lounge discussing anything golf (and/or any other topic) with anyone who is free.

I RECENTLY had the pleasure of sitting down with Jim in the players’ lounge of JGC, where we chatted about the services he provides at JGC, and his life as a golf Teaching Professional. His quiet, friendly manner was evident from the start of our conversation, and was confirmed to me by many members of JGC who described him variously as being “knowledgeable”, “a lovely gentleman”, “friendly”, “affable”, “obliging and generous” and “efficient”. Interestingly, he described golf as being “an extremely simple game, in which a stationary ball is hit, played by people who want to complicate it”.

TEACHING. Jim is able to provide advice on the rules of golf and their interpretation, advice on course management while playing golf, and swing improvement. It was refreshing to learn Jim, as a coach, does not believe in trying to change a player’s swing to copy that of a well-known professional. Instead, he aims to “tweak the swing the player already has”, and help them become the best golfer they can be. Jim is happy to provide lessons for children or adults as either individuals or groups of 4 – 6 (max) people.

GOLF CLUB REPAIRS. Jim is available for repairs to grips, shafts and club heads. Be prepared, however, as he may suggest your club is beyond repair, and trying to “fix’ your favourite club may not be in your best golfing interests.

NEW GOLF CLUBS. If you are thinking about purchasing a new set of golf clubs, Jim is the person to see. He is able to provide a wide range of golf clubs, including Titleist, Ping, TaylorMade, Callaway, Mizuno, Srixon, Infinity, Nikent and PGA. Jim described the club shaft as being “the most important part of a golf club, without a shadow of a doubt; it is the engine room of a club”. Having the right shaft significantly improves your chances of playing consistent golf, but conversely, if the shaft is not correct for you, the game of golf becomes that much more difficult. Trying to decide what clubs to buy can become extremely confusing given the huge number of clubs on the market, and over 100 different shafts available of varying lengths, compositions, flexes, weights and kick points. Jim therefore suggests “club fitting” can be extremely beneficial prior to purchasing new clubs. He told me that if someone is going to outlay money for a set of clubs “make sure they fit you”.

CLUB FITTING. In a club fitting session, rather than getting you to hit balls into a net and use a computer to provide your swing and ball flight statistics, Jim watches you hit balls in real life on the practice fairway. With his vast experience Jim is able to assess what would be the most appropriate shaft length and flex, lie angle of the club head, grip size and swing weight for you as an individual. After discussion with you, a decision can be made as to what would be the most suitable grip, brand and model of club for you, and what would be the most ideal composition of your new set of clubs; for example, irons versus hybrids (or rescues) versus lofted fairway woods. Jim is then able to source those clubs at a very competitive price. Jim currently charges $50 for “club fitting”, but that cost is deducted from the purchase price of the golf clubs if bought through him.

As a word of warning, Jim commented that when buying golf clubs through the Internet, the specifics of the club shaft (the most important part of a club) cannot be guaranteed, and therefore may not be the actual club you ordered or required. As a result you will need to change your swing to get the best out of your new, but different, club(s). And you then wonder why you can’t hit the ball as far, or you now have a hook or a slice!

ELK GOLF BUGGIES. If you are in the market for a new motorised golf buggy, Jim is the local stockist for the lightweight but robust ELK buggies.

Jim’s long career as a teaching pro

Jim commenced his career as a trainee golf professional “way back” at the Yowani Country Club in the ACT, before heading to the prestigious Royal Sydney Golf Club where he was employed as its Teaching Professional for about three years. Before arriving at JGC in 2005, Jim had gained more experience working at various other golf clubs around Sydney, as well as teaching full time at both the Barton Park and Port Macquarie Driving Ranges. During his younger years Jim attended many professional development courses and seminars, usually held at the Sanctuary Cove Resort, and usually presented by “name” overseas (usually American) golf teachers. Jim commented he was disappointed local Australian teachers were often overlooked to present these courses, as he considered them to have just as much expertise.

When he first arrived in the region almost 16 years ago Jim had the busy task of being the teaching professional at Jamberoo Golf Club, Shoalhaven Heads Golf Club and Gerringong Golf Club.

Jim never played on the touring professional golf circuit because, in his words, he “was not a good enough player”. However his passion had always been teaching.

Now that he is semi-retired from teaching golf, Jim has the opportunity to follow his other passion, namely playing social golf with his wife and friends both locally and elsewhere, wherever there may be a golf course. He is confident of the long-term prosperity of JGC, especially if the development of local juniors is encouraged and supported. Jim, with the very able assistance of Phil Lewis, has been conducting junior golf clinics every Friday afternoon during school term at JGC for some years. Two years ago he increased his commitment by introducing a golf clinic for pupils at Jamberoo Primary School in the first school term each year, and this has continued with the help of Phil and several other members of JGC.

As well as teaching at JGC, Jim also teaches at Worrigee Driving Range on Thursdays.

Thank you, Jim, for being such a wonderful asset for JGC, and we look forward to seeing you at JGC for many years to come.

JIM BUTT name plaque 1