Coffin Bay Golf Club to celebrate 40th birthday

BIRTHDAY: Coffin Bay Golf Club president David Sims stands under the Phil Olds Veranda which will be officially opened at the 40th birthday celebrations.
BIRTHDAY: Coffin Bay Golf Club president David Sims stands under the Phil Olds Veranda which will be officially opened at the 40th birthday celebrations.

Coffin Bay Golf Club is preparing to celebrate its history and accomplishments at its 40th birthday celebrations at the club on February 13.

The club was originally going to celebrate its 40th in October last year before it was postponed due to COVID restrictions.

But now the club is preparing for the event next weekend and is inviting past members to come and share stories on the club's history.

The day will begin with a meet and greet at 2pm, followed by speeches and afternoon tea, and concluding with the opening of the club's new veranda, named after the first club president Phil Olds.

Club president David Sims said the event was a chance for members who had been with the club over the past 40 years to come and share stories.

"It's a big achievement, I was here when it first started in 1980 and it's great to see how its grown from a small club to where it is today," he said.

Mr Sims said some of the major developments for the club include the installation of the new watering system in the early 2000s and the new greens which were applied in 2014.

The club started with about 20 to 30 members and today has it has grown to about 180 members.

Up to 30 or 40 people play at the club each Sunday across the year with men's and women's competitions held on Sundays and during the week.

Mr Sims said there were a wide range of age groups who teed-off regularly from players in their 20s with the oldest playing in their mid 80s.

There are also many visitors from outside Coffin Bay who play on the course, with up to 50 a day playing during the summer.

He said there were many people who helped keep the club going, including volunteers and sponsors.

"It is all run by volunteers, we couldn't do without them as nearly everyone is a volunteer, everyone helps out," he said.

"Sponsorship ranges anywhere from local people to bigger companies from Adelaide.

"It's a great achievement to get 40 years in anything and it wouldn't have been possible without the many hours of volunteer work and great members we have here."

Anyone wanting to attend are encouraged to call Helen Rammers on 0400 790 087 or Steve Nettle on 0427 854 379, or email coffinbaygolfclub@bigpond.com for catering purposes.

After the 40th birthday celebrations are concluded the club will then look forward to the Coffin Bay Open on March 6 and 7, which is the club's biggest event of the year.