NELSON Bay Golf Club has risen from the ashes of a devastating Father’s Day fire that ravaged its clubhouse last year,returning bigger and better.
‘‘This is more than a golf club, it is a huge part of the community,’’ president Max Pride said at the time.“It is devastating but we will get through it.’’
In an amazing effort by staff, local tradespeople and volunteers, early in December Nelson Bay proudly opened a temporary clubhouse, capable of catering for about 120 customers.
Acclaimed as one of the busiest golf clubs in Australia, the Nelson Bay complex reopened in time for its busiest season, the Christmas-New Year holidays.
The temporary clubhouse provides comfortable accomodation and full facilities for members and visitors, with dining/bistro services and a full bar providing draught beer.
The new clubhouse overlooks the practice fairway and greens and from the balcony there are wonderful views of the golf course.
“Our 27-hole championship layout has never been better and was open and fully operational since the fire in September and full parking facilities are available,” club captain Peter Power said.
“Our PGA professional Maurie Moses is also providing normal services from a temporary facility and visiting golfers, whether individuals or groups, are welcome seven days a week.”
Plans for the rebuilding of a the permanent clubhouse are progressing well.
“We have all the facilities of a clubhouse, but on a small scale,” club managerTrevorHarrisonsaid.
“Social golf is available seven days a week; golfing and social memberships are available, as well as flexi membership; theBluewater Grill is open for lunch seven days and dinner fromThursday to Saturday; andkangaroo tours can be organised by arrangement.”
The kangaroo tours are the result of a partnership Nelson Bay Golf Club formed with Sydney University three years ago to create a kangaroo research and fertility control program.
“The kangaroos are a much loved and integral part of the course, but we needed to manage their numbers – for both animal welfare and the golfing fraternity,’’ Nelson Bay’s ‘Kangaroo Phil’ Murray, a golf club member and volunteer working with the researchers, said.
‘‘As a result we have managed to reduce and manage the predominantly eastern grey kangaroos on the course.’’
TheNelson Bay Golf Course clubwas built in 1963, with multiple additions as the Tomaree peninsula grew and took the club with it, now boasting3500 current members, including 1500 playing members.
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