Golf club gala day

By Tony White

Grafton District Golf Club (GDGC) will stage a gala open day on Sunday to coincide with the launch of a new social golf club.

Part-time and non golfers of all ages are invited to attend from 9am with a free coaching clinic by resident professional Mark Harvison, a free barbecue, putting competition and equipment hire available.

The social golf club will feature monthly 9-hole competitions for men, women and children, discounted social green fees, heaps of prizes and barbecue in a family atmosphere.

GDGC general manager Tony Everingham said the new social club was aimed at giving social players a fun day out and stepping stone to full club membership.

In 2000 GDGC had 1103 registered members including men, women, country, junior, life and social. There were 635 playing members.

In 2005 the total number of registered members had dwindled to 839 with only 449 playing members.

Social club membership will cost $15 for adults (fees waived for full playing members), $5 for children and $30 for a family.

Playing costs will be $8 per player including golf and barbecue, $5 per child or $20 per family.

At each monthly event starting at 9am there will be a 9-hole competition with prizes for nearest the pins etc, putting competitions for kids and presentation and barbecue between midday and 1pm.

Interested parties can contact the Pro Shop on 66425413 or the Golf Club on 66422255.

Yesterday the Grafton Ladies Association staged it's season Opening Day with a field of 71 in three divisions in a stableford event.

"There were good fields and everyone had a lot of fun," spokeswoman Elaine Taubman said. "We'll have Beginners Day on Monday."

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