Nut-hing like this

Stanley Golf Club’s club captain Tony Bransden and greenkeeper Michael Butler take in the view from the course ahead of the 77th annual Nut Cup. Picture: Bodey Dittloff.

Event. Stanley Golf Club officials are preparing for a hive of activity this week as they place the finishing touches on major events for the year.

The 77th annual Clark Windows Nut Cup is set to draw more than 100 golfers – both local and from across Tasmania – to Stanley’s scenic golf course, with a host of trophies and prizes on offer over the long weekend.

With competitions including a Four-Ball-Best-Ball (4BBB) format on Saturday alongside the major stroke event across Sunday and Monday, club captain Tony Bransden said the club was looking forward to the major calendar event.

“Most of these players are between one and five (handicap) – they’re a drawcard here,” he said.

“It’s a good mix of players. All this week has been flat out [organising] – it’s a big job, but I enjoy it.”

Ninety players are registered for the Stanley Cabin and Caravan Park 4BBB, with an additional 55 trying their luck for a chance at taking out the Nut Cup and the WT House Betta Home Living CH Open Scratch.

In addition to the long weekend’s events, the club also hosts the Stanley Veterans’ biggest tournament of the year on Thursday, with an estimated 100 players set to tee-off for their shot at a major trophy.

Bransden said while the course itself is worked on meticulously, describing the standard of ground maintenance as “unbelievable”, Circular Head’s typically unpredictable weather would be a major factor for competitors.

“The course can be very tough, very windy – it’s never easy,” he said.

He also thanked local businesses for their support to keep the tournaments going, with the week’s major sponsors again assisting in donating prizes and incentives for players.

While the weather cannot be controlled, club greenkeeper Michael Butler has worked hard to make sure the course is up to scratch for the coming days’ play.

“I’ve got two or three helpers; it’s not only me,” Butler said. “We make sure the rough is the right height; spray the greens; mow the greens.”

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