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History - Riverview Country Club

In 1960/61 Mr & Mrs Slee of Elizabeth Farm, Lower King, decided to put in some sand greens so their sons, who were keen golfers could practice.

 

The red flags were noticed from the road and later the Slee’s with some enthusiastic friends were playing these few holes, socially.

 

1962 - The area was extended to nine holes on the design of Mr William Anderson and became the Elizabeth Farm Public Golf Course.

 

1963 - In May a meeting of people playing the course and others, was held with the idea of forming an Official Club.

The first President was Jack Coles, Secretary – R.Sandells and Captain – Alf Whiteside.

 

1964 - The Club became affiliated with the WA Golf Association; The Great Southern Association and the WA Ladies Golf Union.

 

1966 - The members learned that the land on which the course was located was to be sold for housing development.

The membership was about 70.

 

The Club attempted to obtain permission to use the area for golf but this was not granted. This looked to be the end of the Club and some members joined the Albany Golf Club.

 

A Charter member in Jim Taylor, who owned land in Bon Accord Road, Lower King, offered to develop his land into a nine hole Public course on the provision that the Riverview Golf Club played on the course for a period of three years.

 

1967 - Mr Taylor’s offer was accepted by the Club and an agreement was duly signed with commencement of play on that property.

 

The Club then sought an area for development as a golf course, with the Shire of Albany offering two areas for consideration:-

1:  An area adjacent to the Regional Prison

2:  A timber reserve on the Hassell Highway, Bakers Junction.

 

Members decided to look at the Hassell Highway project for development. The regional prison site had a similarity to the Albany Golf Links and the members felt a different layout would provide an alternative.

 

1968 Sunday 4 February - A meeting was held and saw 23 people agree to proceed with development of the Bakers Junction site as a golf course. The Albany Shire had the reserve vested as a Recreational Reserve in September 1967.

 

The area was inspected by Murray Dawson (golf professional and course designer) who declared the area a suitable one for an interesting course. The cost to develop nine holes was estimated at $2,180.00 actual cash, with all other work on a voluntary basis by the members.

 

1968 14 October - The area was burnt, which was the same day as the Meckering earthquake. Members marked the course out to the design submitted by Murray Dawson.

 

Bulldozing of the fairways was carried out by the Simpson brothers who had agreed to defer payment for three years, which assisted in allowing the project to be viable. Then followed many hours of back breaking work by the members both men and women in constructing the first nine holes. The determination to succeed was the driving force.

 

1969 July – A permit to build a 30 x 12 Clubhouse was granted. A toilet block was purchased from Millar’s Timber & Trading Co., Lower Stirling terrace and transported to the course.

 

 

1970 – The Club commenced playing on the new course after the completion of their contract with Mr Taylor.

 

1971 – Expanding membership and the Club’s first Open Day saw the necessity for Clubhouse extensions. A 40 x 30 extension was added. Also increased playing membership meant that a second Nine Holes would be necessary.

 

1972 – Further Clubhouse extensions were carried out.

 

1973 – New kitchen, toilet facilities for men and women and a bar recess were established.

 

The continued expansion of the Club plus forward planning to meet future needs by the Committee has seen the completion of further extensions, involving brick frontage with aluminium windows, ceiling and lining the hall, together with the provision of a new bar with cool room facilities to the value of approx.$17,000.00 plus club member’s voluntary labour of some 1,000 hours.

 

1982 Sunday 4 April – These new extensions were officially opened by Mr Matt Stephens MLA

 

The Clubhouse and 18 Hole Golf Course are a monument to the original and existing members who had the foresight and determination to succeed.

 

 

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