Sandgate Golf Course has a long history. Built across fifty-seven acres of low-lying land between the railway station at Shorncliffe and Cabbage Tree Creek, the waterside course features one of Queensland’s oldest nine-hole golf courses in a natural setting. This year it celebrates its 100th birthday.
Allan Head, chair of the Sandgate Golf Club Centenary Committee, said the 250 members enjoyed attending a strong club with a country-style atmosphere that retains some of its heritage.
“The original clubhouse has been extended but retains its step-back-in-time feel,” Allan said.
“Original honour boards detail the proud club history on the painted timber walls”.
The club and course have been through some changes over the years. Allan said the challenging course layout was redeveloped in the 1990s with significant input from Paul Jones and John Armstrong.
“One hole hasn’t changed though: the ninth hole retains its originality even down to the large gum trees which flank the approach to the green,” he said.
The centenary year celebrations began in January of this year when life members Joy Black, Lex Hughes and Kevin Madsen planted a centenary tree with three levels of government present. A plaque commemorating the tree planting will be unveiled at the next centenary event.
The clubhouse also includes a display of golf clubs from the 1920s that were owned by Dick Carr.
“He won the Queensland Open at Brisbane Golf Club in 1926, and in 1927 he won the Queensland PGA trophy played at Royal Queensland. Remarkably, records show he was born in 1910,” Allan said.
The centenary year events will culminate in an open-air Twilight Cabaret for members and their friends this month. Held under lights on the first fairway, the night will include music from local jazz big band Swingalicious, who will be playing songs from the last 100 years.
“This connects well with the strong tradition of local Sandgate jazz bands playing at Sandgate Golf Club festive occasions way back in the 1920s,” Allan said.For more information about the centenary celebrations, go to www.sandgategc.com.auSandgate Golf Club Centenary – Twilight CabaretSaturday, 27 November, 5.30pmSandgate Golf ClubAllpass Parade, Shorncliffe.