THE $10 million resurrection of Nelson Bay Golf Club’s clubhouse is on track and on budget according to sales and marketing manager Natalie Kelly, with the facility due to open at the end of July.
The former clubhouse was engulfed by flames on Father’s Day 2015, but the venue has risen from the ashes in spectacular style with the new development featuring a 200 seat function centre, dedicated sports bar, courtyard and children’s play area, as well as retail space and an outdoor wedding ceremony site.
The familiar Bluewater Grill will be relocated into the clubhouse and the Moses Pro Shop will continue to operate within the new clubhouse.
The extensive renovation and rebuild has been facilitated by Club Projects Newcastle, EJE Architecture and Coffey Project Management.
During the transition, a demountable building has housed the club and its administration services.
“We have lost social members as we have been unable to host functions, but the playing members have continued to be great supporters of the club,” Ms Kelly said.
“We are confident that once the new clubhouse is complete, our social members will return.”
The new development offers a more holistic approach to members and guests.
“It is a community-based club, and the wide range of facilities for people of all ages reflects that,” Ms Kelly said.
“We want everyone to feel welcome.”
The theme of keeping it within the community will also be emphasised when Nelson Bay Golf Club commences a recruitment drive for a range of positions including food and beverage staff and administrative staff.
Although the fire was devastating, it did not affect the stunning 27-hole golf course, or the club’s popular kangaroo tours.
“The Nelson Bay Golf Club stands out because it provides a tranquil experience for golf seven days a week, as well as offering centre-of-town accessibility,” Nelson Bay Golf Club general manager Trevor Harrison said.
Upcoming events include the official opening week including the Family Open Day on Sunday 27 August, and the Coca Cola Nelson Bay Pro Am featuring PGA professional Peter Lonard on Thursday 7 September.
By Jo FINN