The bowling greens at Sandgate Bowls Club have always been dutifully and beautifully manicured, and now the club has the entertainment area to match.
With last year’s pandemic lockdown forcing many businesses to close temporarily, the club used the shutdown as an opportunity to freshen up its bar and entertainment facilities.
It’s something that the club’s board chairman, Paul Kelly, said was a long time coming.
“The club had not had an appearance change for many years and it was looking dated,” he said.
“The cold room was replaced with modern double glass door fridges, the bar area was repainted with a bright colour, and the bar top was stripped back to reveal a lovely pine timber top which was then sanded and lacquered.
“The carpet in the members’ area was cleaned and refurbished. We also added some audio visual equipment to cater for conferences.”
The refreshed space has been in action since late last year, and Paul said the feedback had been tremendously positive from members and the public alike.
“The reaction has been very positive from the members, who saw the fresh look as a facility they could be proud of,” he said.
“We have a much fresher appearance to offer members and guests. This means we can appeal to non-members for functions. We have been open since November and have already had a number of functions ranging from 20 to 130 people.”
With the renewed interest and demand for the club, Paul said barefoot bowls events would ramp up during 2021.
“We have two floodlit bowls greens so we run the barefoot bowls at night midweek,” he said.
“Our plan is to reintroduce a regular Friday night barefoot bowls night that is open to the public. We are also discussing with the local schools to host an Education Cup for the teaching fraternity.
“We will be aiming at the family market to offer a healthy outdoor activity in a fun and comfortable environment. There is nothing like a night time barefoot bowls activity in the Sandgate and Shorncliffe area.”
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Sandgate Bowls Club
Keogh St, Sandgate
P 3269 4904