I’m sure we have all been horrified at the images of the bushfires, which are decimating Australia at the moment. The threat is not over. The cost in lives and property is still ongoing and still being determined.

We have discovered that the Mallacoota Golf Club has sustained severe damage to their irrigation system, some greens, trees on the fairways and the fairways themselves have been totally destroyed. They are a small club of some 110 members and needless to say are financially “tight”. In speaking with President Bruce Gaudion their most urgent item for attention is the repair of their irrigation system. They have, as we have, the use of recycled water from council’s treatment system. Bruce became very emotional and grateful that a sister golf club would think of them.

I’m sure a game of golf is the last thing on the minds of people in the fire areas and low on anyone’s priority list, however, the Committee, Pro Shop and The Clubhouse felt that an appropriate form of action would be to support a golf club suffering devastation due to the fires. In the coming months they will be getting their lives back to normal and with that in mind the Hervey Bay Golf Club would like to play a small part in re establishing their Club.

On Sunday 26th January – what better day for Australians to help Australians! – The Golf Club will host an appeal day.

The event will be a 9 hole Ambrose team of 3, played in 6’s. It will be a shotgun start at 12:30pm.

The Clubhouse will donate a pre-game drink and post-game nibbles.

Popular musician – Doug Edwards will donate his time to entertain after golf.

The Pro Shop will donate their starter’s fees and provide trophies.

The Golf Club will waive green fees.

There will be raffles with great prizes donated by local businesses.

Cost to play will be $50 per player – the entire $50 will go to the appeal. We will be limited to 108 players. This will be the only competition available on this day. We welcome anyone interested to play – get a team together – members, visitors or non-golfers (we will allot a handicap)

We also invite any of our members who can provide a gift voucher ($20 – $200) for the raffles to contact:
Gerry Taylor & Jenny Davies on 0409 057560 or Sandie in the Club office on (07) 4124 4544.

Clifford Searle

Book yourself or your team by calling the Pro Shop on 4128 4249 or alternatively, if you are a HBGCC member please book your spot via the members portal.

We look forward to a great day in support of Mallacoota Golf Club and their surrounding community.