A Piece of History

A piece of history was uncovered whilst preparing the storage area for demolition. We found our original Clubhouse which was a converted shipping container with a slot and honesty box for submitting green fees. The container also served as a machinery shed, Board room and Committee meeting room where members were seated on various mowers.

David Lamb was involved in the course conception and attended his first committee meeting in December 1981. David was co-opted to the Board as Course Co-ordinator thus beginning his involvement with Board positions as President, Vice President and Secretary until 2014.

After the Council granted approval on 20 May 1985, the course construction commenced by surveying and clearing of the area for the first 3 holes. Those three holes are now the 10th, 11th and 12th holes. The Club became incorporated in December 1985 as the Shoalhaven Heads Golf Club Limited and initially, continued as the Social Golf Club section of the Bowling and Recreation Club.

The principle of volunteering was established right from the very beginning when Cleary Bros. donated their bulldozer at the commencement ceremony. In the years prior to the introduction of play on the first three holes, the area was maintained by Arthur Simmons and David Lamb using Victa lawn mowers. Phone calls to Arthur were answered by his wife Jean at home where she would reply “he’s up at the paddock!”. Arthur and David were told often “why don’t you take your beds up there!”.

Arthur passed away in 2003 and is remembered by way of the Balkwill-Simmons Shield, the annual interclub competition between the Heads and Callala golf clubs.

Arthur and David were responsible for the creation of what is now our 11th (original 2nd) hole as Ken McKay’s course design plans showed only two holes in this section of the course, and thus was born the idea of playing 3X3 to achieve the nine hole competition which began on 22 October 1994.

You may read the whole history of the course on the website “History” section within “About” above.