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Wollongong GC celebrates 120 years as one of the world’s oldest links courses

POSTED ON November 13, 2017 @ 9:00 pm

 

On Friday December 17, 1897 when Sydney Golf Club members Leonard Dobbin, E.D. Hoben and Irving Kent cycled to Wollongong with the materials required to construct holes, flags and teeing grounds next to a beach, they would have been blown away by the scenic beauty of the seaside location.

Today, almost 120 years later, a true links style 18 hole course stands alongside the beach.

The course layout has been changed a few times over the years to make way for developments such as a sewage treatment plant, a seniors living facility, sports ground and a new larger clubhouse. But today’s course largely sits on the same beachfront site.

Being such an historic and iconic golf course the Wollongong club has attracted international golfing greats such as Carnegie Clark, Gene Sarazen, Jack Newton, Bobby Locke, Gary Player and Peter Thompson. And Steve Elkington was a member in the early 1980’s.

Wollongong Golf Club general manager Leigh Hingston said the club had provided a wonderful nursery for young local talent who have gone on to win state and national honours.

So it was fitting a celebratory anniversary dinner in a marquee on the actual golf course last weekend included club greats such as Lynne Townsend and rising stars such as Thomas Heaton.

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