Tura Beach celebrates 30th Anniversary
22 Apr 2014
Australian golfing legend, Peter Thomson AO, CBE, with his wife Mary, will join members and guests at Tura Beach Country Club on Saturday 26th April to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the opening of the course that he and Michael Wolveridge designed.
Jennings Industries launched the “Tura Beach Project” in 1977. It became one of the first dedicated residential golfing communities in Australia.
November 1980 saw a public meeting to form the country club and it was attended by 94 keen golfers and bowlers and formation of the Country Club. Jennings subsequently sold the developing course and clubhouse to the new club for $400000, repayable over 20 years. The Board of Directors meeting held in 1981 elected Arthur Kaine as the club’s first President.
1982 was a busy year with the course handover and opening of 9 golf holes, the securing of a liquor licence, clubhouse opening and formation of the Associates Committee, with Joyce Cowell as the inaugural Ladies President.
1984 was another special year for the local community, February saw the opening of the full 18 hole golf course and in August the first Bowling Green went into service.
The Tura Beach Country Club amalgamated with Club Sapphire in 2001. The small club house was expanded to its present imposing outlook which has earned it the title of the club with the “Million Dollar Views”. The club de-amalgamated in early 2012. Today Tura Beach Country Club is well established as a successful community-based club with first class golf, bowls and tennis facilities serving well over 3,000 local residents.
Thirty years on, and those original 18 holes have matured to become a true championship course largely due the efforts of the hard work of the course staff and an army of dedicated volunteers. Tura Beach is a course which has regularly been rated in the top 100 courses in Australia. The golf course includes a beachside links nine holes and a forested second nine with spectacular ocean views.
Highlights of the weekend will include a gala dinner on Saturday night for members and guests with The Hon Andrew Constance MP State Member for Bega, Dr Peter Hendy MP, Federal Member for Eden Monaro, Bega Valley Deputy Mayor Cr Russell Fitzpatrick and Mr Chris Allen, Chairman of GOLF NSW among those attending.
During the dinner, Peter Thomson will be invited to unveil a plaque commemorating the 30th anniversary of the course.