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*The Clubhouse

1969 Clubhouse at McLeod Country Golf Club

Newly built clubhouse at McLeod Country Golf Club. From left Tom Kinane, Tony Rudder, Margaret Walker and Avril Wiley.

The first clubhouse was built in 1969.  Architect, Colin Trapp was asked to design a ‘minimal clubhouse at minimal cost’.  The resulting one-story building of concrete blocks included the traditional nineteenth hole, the bar and dining room, as well as a kitchen, locker rooms, caretaker’s flat, a pro shop and a childminding centre.  Tenders were called late in 1968 and the successful contractor, R. and J. Mogg, began work early in the new year.  The cost of the clubhouse, $34,000 meant that this one item consumed a large proportion of the loan from SGIO.  The first sod of the clubhouse site was turned on 24 March 1969, two days before the first annual meeting.

Australia’s only woman Cabinet Minister, Dame Annabelle Rankin, was asked to perform the official opening of the clubhouse on Saturday, 20 September, 1969.  The ceremony was preceded by a fundraising fashion parade at Lennons Hotel on Friday night and succeeded by a Springtime Fete on Saturday afternoon and an Open Medley Foursomes competition on Sunday.  The clubhouse had been readied and the last vestiges of construction materials cleared away a couple of weeks earlier so that the popular magazine, Woman’s Day could take photographs for a feature story, which was a valuable adjunct to the Club’s public relations drive.  On the day of the opening, pennants made of McLeod tartan fluttered from the pins and Joan Fletcher, one of the State’s leading golfers, was present to strike the first ball and the St Andre’s Pipe Band played for the assembled guests.  The only unplanned event was the flag becoming stuck at the top of the newly acquired flag pole.  One of the men stood in the raised bucket of the end loader to rescue it.

Dame Annabelle declared the clubhouse open and unveiled the commissioned portrait of Gertrude McLeod by artist Gordon Hooper.  A large field of 140 golfers were in the Sunday competition included players from most metropolitan clubs, an indication that doubts that the Club would ever function had largely been laid to rest.

A new clubhouse was opened in 1975 catering to the increase in membership and providing a larger area for club functions.  However, by the early 1990’s it became apparent that McLeod clearly needed a better kitchen, dining and bar facilities so it could accommodate the burgeoning number of social clubs who wished to stay for a full meal after the game.  The Strategic Plan of 1992 recommended the building of a large function room and refurbishment of the existing clubhouse .

After a successful visit to the Commonwealth bank by the President and Treasurer a loan of up to $1,000,000 was arranged to be repaid over fifteen years.

An architect, Angelo Nicolosi was appointed and drew up plans for a function room with  new kitchen facilities and incorporating a new proshop and halfway house as well as expanded facilities for the men.  The refurbishment of the old clubhouse would have an attractive new entrance and new offices for the administrative staff.

Watpac Constructions were the preferred tenderer and a contract was signed on 24th May 1993.

As 1993 was the Silver Anniversary of the golf club it was important the building be finished before the end of the year. The first function was the launch of the club’s history book, Women on Course, on 24th September by Charlie Earp, an early mentor.

The new building, named The Westlake Room, was opened by Her Excellency, The Governor of Queensland  Mrs Leneen Ford, who was also the club’s patron, on 5th December 1993..

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