April 14th 2011
Social Sunday golf tees off
Magnetic Island Country Club, AKA the Golf Club, where a young Greg Norman took his first swing, is going all out to attract new players from Island residents and visitors alike.
Club members Chalky and Kerry Harris have been part of the plan which has led to an inaugural “Social Sunday” which began recently and saw 18 players turn up.
Chalky told Magnetic Times, “The course is in great condition thanks to the enormous efforts of staff and volunteers since Cyclone Yasi.
“Everyone enjoyed playing the individual 9 hole single stroke event where their individual score and number of putts are counted. Each individual score is then entered for the mystery score draws.
“Each player gets a free sausage in bread and homemade burger with the lot off the barbie. A good feed, washed down with cold drinks from the licenced bar, saw everyone in fine spirits after their game of golf.
“We hope numbers will continue to improve over the coming weeks as the word spreads. It’s for golfers of all abilities and we’re hoping to attract partners and families as well.
“If people don’t want to play golf they will be welcome to rock up just for the Sunday BBQ and social island get together.
Social Sunday is a weekly occasion and those interested in joining in they only need to arrive between 9am-noon to tee off. The BBQ, which runs from 12.30pm to 2.30pm is free for all players (non-players buy their sausages and burgers).
The club has electric buggies and clubs for hire. There is also a full size pool table at the club that adults can use.
Prizes are drawn and awarded once the last golfers are back in the clubhouse (around 2-2.15pm). Last week 5 prizes were awarded and Chalky expects that number will increase as they obtain more players and sponsors. Everyone has an equal chance with mystery scores winning the major prizes – so it’s not necessarily the best golfer who wins.
“Canopy Chalets, XBase and PS..hi.. café (the old Fat Possums cafe), have come on board already and, obviously, more businesses are welcome to sponsor.
“We are not looking for big prizes, just a weekly commitment. Things like buy one get one free or 2 for 1 meals offers, percentage discounts off purchases, etc etc.” said Chalky.
Anybody requiring more information can call the club on 47 785 188 or for sponsorship offers, Chalky and Kerry Harris on 0427 801325 or 47 581 152.
Dress code is “Island tidy”, but covered footwear must be worn – thongs and bare feet are not allowed on the course. Children must be supervised at all times and are not allowed to run around on the course proper – there is plenty of other grassed open space for them to play on.
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