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The Tocumwal Golf Club

02/04/2016

There are references in early papers of golf being played at Tocumwal before the turn of the 20th Century but unfortunately no details are available. It is known that prior to and during the First World War a club was formed and a rudimentary course was in existence south of the football oval.

In the early 1920’s a full length nine hole course was laid out on the old racecourse, a club house was built and play continued in this area until after the Second World War.

The old racecourse was flat and rather uninteresting and in 1947 the club decided to move to a site on the recreation reserve south of the bowling club. This course was ideally situated but being short and rather tricky was not conductive to enjoyable play. In addition repeated flooding from river seepages forced the club to seek a more suitable site.

Early in 1956 a lease of 150 acres of the RAAF Station was obtained on the town boundary and after six weeks the course, whilst by no means complete, was opened for rough play. The club-house was shifted to the present site and an electricity extension was completed by December 1956. The new course was nine holes, 3180 yards long (almost 3 kms), and was a very interesting course, most play being over undulating sand hills.

The course later expanded to eighteen holes and then expanded further to two eighteen hole courses as it is today. The Club today is home of the Southern PGA Trainees Championships and is ranked as a Top 100 Golf Course.

Tocumwal Golf and Bowls Club facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tocgolf?ref=br_tf

Photos obtained from their website: http://www.tocumwalgolf.com.au/




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