Summary of Events Presented at the Centenary Dinner 3 August 1996 – Delivered by Max Archer.
||The game of golf was introduced to a few friends in Hamilton by S.H. Palmer after a trip to Scotland.
||A private Hamilton Golf Club – had no links – made application to Borough for the use of the Police paddock – this was declined because they mistakenly believed that the use of horses in the game would damage the surface. Play was at Pretonholme property of Mr J. Learmonth who had a nine hole course.
Many primary producers graziers had nine hole golf courses including Brung Brungle, Corea, Brie Bri, Mount Sturgeon, Blackwood, the last one being Nigretta.
||The Annual Meeting wound up the old club and a new club was formed with R. Stapleton Bree President.
The course was 86 acres in two paddocks leased from Hon. Thomas McKellar. Subs 7/6 and 3/-. It had 9 holes with grass greens enclosed by fences wire netting bunkers across fairways.
||Purchased a pavilion from the Tennis Club for £5.4.6.
||Colours were brown, white and green.
||Joined V.G.A. (I think we have been continuous members)
||Offer made by Thomas Robertson, W.H. Melville and James Robertson for the land £1180 then erected a club house at a cost of £700 and offered the lot to Hamilton Golf Club on lease.
||The new club house opened. Colours were red, green, yellow.
||Joined V.L.G.U. – W.G.V.
||Hamilton Golf Club purchased the 86 acres for £2100 interest at 3% – later reduced to 2%.
||Water, piping hoses and sprays were sold to pay interest.
Vote to permit playing of golf on a Sunday was put to members and lost 60 yes to 67 no with 1 informal. Subsequent notice put in club house.
||Re-fencing of greens so that 1700 sheep could be put on the 86 acres for one week to eat down the onion grass.
||The course was now 18 holes with grass greens.
Electric lights were installed at a total cost of £25/30.
||Alterations to club house including the adding of a large lounge.
||Mechanisation came to Hamilton Golf Club with the purchase of a Chev Ute/Blitz as a tractor for £50. A horse was previously used to pull mowers and a dray.
||The club applied for a liquor licence. More club house alterations.
||Purchase of additional 54 acres. Plans for sale of approximately 10 acres of land.
||Plans for the new layout prepared by Major Jock Whillans. Opened by V.G.A. President Mr. J.R. Lovett in 1973.
||New club house
||New 38 Melalitre dam plus watering system.
||Design of our club badge. Colours of the club changed again. Green, gold, navy.
||Alterations to club house entrance and installation of gaming machines.
||Our first Pro Am tournament.
Golf Club’s contribution to charities including 1st & 2nd W.W. Comforts Fund, Red Cross Blind, RSL and Legacy, Local Charities, Base Hospital and many others.
Some of the funny but serious decisions past committees and members had to make.
||The raising of subscriptions by 2/6 – LOST
||Should the club house be connected to the town sewerage system or continue with our septic tank.
||Should the Lady Members become Associate Members. This particular general meeting was heavily stacked by Lady Members – Result – motion lost.
||That the Hamilton Golf Club leave the present site and move to an area of land near Bochara. (I suspect that is was landowned by a Committee Members wanting to make a profit).
||The location of the present club house.
We have been fortunate to have several prominent and well known golfers play our course.
Hon Mel Scott Australian Open Champion
Mrs Nel De Little Australia Open Champion
Norman Von Nida
Jean Donald (Scottish Pro)
The above is a short summary of the club and in the words of a well known TV program – Hamilton Golf Club – “This is Your Life”.