Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where's the golf course?
A: We are a club of people who play golf. We do
not own a golf
The Olinda golf course is on Crown land, "managed" by Parks
Victoria. We used to play all our games at the Olinda course, but as
it had not been adequately maintained for some years, we had to move
our club's activities to another course where we could continue to
We are ever hopeful that the State Government will do something
about restoring the Olinda course to an acceptable condition and we
will then be able to 'go back home'.
Q: Why hasn't something been done about
A: Over a number of years, the club held numerous talks with Parks
Victoria about the deteriorating condition of the course. We were
always treated very politely but nothing was done to stop the rot.
We had meetings with James Merlino, the local MP who was, at the
time, Minister for Sport. Still nothing was done. We wrote to Gavin
Jennings, the Minister responsible for Parks Victoria, detailing
numerous problems with the condition of the course. After a lengthy
delay, we eventually received a letter back saying, in essence, that
Parks Victoria had assured him that the "fairways were playable".
Apart from reference to rabbit infestations, the fairways were the
one aspect of the course we had not complained about.
government has done nothing to change the situation despite being
fully aware of the problems and despite their pre-election promises
that Parks Victoria would be held to account for their failings over
Q: What about the Olinda clubhouse at
A: In 1968, the Forests Commission of Victoria, in conjunction with
the Shire of Yarra Ranges, granted permission for the Olinda Golf
Club to build a clubhouse for use by its members. There were
numerous restrictions placed on the club concerning materials that
may be used for the building, its hours of operation and the maximum
number of members that the club may have. The members paid for all
construction costs and the ongoing insurance and maintenance
continuously up until mid 2009 when they were locked out of their
own building. Parks Victoria had leased the site out to a commercial
Similarly, in 2010, the Rhododendron Society were ordered to
vacate the tea rooms they had built many years earlier in the
National Rhododendron Gardens at Olinda as it, too, had been leased
by Parks Victoria to a commercial operator.
Q: Where does the Olinda club now play
its games and matches?
A: We examined a number of options and chose to move to Emerald Golf
& Country Resort which is a privately owned, public access course,
that is also home to the Emerald Golf Club. As neither club is
large, we have not had any problems with two clubs using the
facilities of the course. Throughout the year, we have a few
Q: Membership is very cheap compared to
other golf clubs, why such a large difference?
A: In addition to club membership. players need to pay green fees to
the Emerald Resort which offers discounted fees for annual
Also for each club competition, there is a nominal fee which goes
toward prizes awarded for good scores, nearest-to-pin, etc. and
trophies awarded at our annual presentation night.
Q: What competitions does the club run?
A: The club competitions run every Saturday, usually at 11:00 and
every Tuesday at 9:00. For details, see the syllabus in the
Members are also provided with a printed copy of the syllabus with
descriptions of the various events and a current Rules of Golf book.
Members are NOT obliged to attend all events, but many do.
Q: There are photos of pennant teams.
What's that about?
A: The club is affiliated with the Victorian Golf League whose
member clubs are all associated with public golf courses around
metropolitan Melbourne. The VGL is part of the Victorian Golf
Association which, in turn, is part of Golf Australia.
The VGL conduct a season of pennant matches annually with the
various clubs divided into Divisions. Each club puts teams into
these competitions which are conducted round-robin style at the
various courses. At the end of the season, the two teams with the
most points within each division play off against each other for the