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Lightning Ridge Golf Club

Lightning Ridge   NSW 2834
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Today, you will find our club a friendly, intimate one who’s members, through much voluntary labour have transformed the course from virtual wilderness into the ever improving 18 hole layout you see today.

Sharing the only available water source, the town’s effluent system, with the Sporting complex which includes Rugby league, Cricket, and Soccer is a must. Two days a week is our allocation. Consequently, bare patches exist.

 

About the Golf Club

 

 

The Lightning Ridge Golf Club was formed at Lightning Ridge in September 1972 with the commencement of 4 holes & was officially opened by the NSW Golfing Association that same month. The Golf Course boundary is situated parallel to one of the last straight race courses in the country approximately 300 metres from the CBD on the north east side of town.

 

The women’s Section of the Club was formed in the gemstone lounge of the Diggers Rest Hotel in 1973. The clubhouse at the time was a huge log but in time progressed to a bower shelter with a floor area of approximately 12 square metres. The roof of course was made of leaves and the flooring was old wooden boards. A decision was made to improve this situation in 1990 and a brick clubhouse was commenced in 1991. Life Memberships were sold in order to finance this project. Much voluntary labour was also needed for this project.

 

Irrigation of the course was commenced in 1991 and by 1992 there were 12 holes. Two more holes were added in 1993 and a further 4 holes were completed in 1995. On May 7th, 1995 the full 18 holes was proudly opened.

 

Today, you will find our club a friendly, intimate one who’s members, through much voluntary labour have transformed the course from virtual wilderness into the ever improving 18 hole layout you see today. Sharing the only available water source, the town’s effluent system, with the Sporting complex which includes Rugby league, Cricket, and Soccer is a must. Two days a week is our allocation. Consequently, bare patches exist.

 

The atmosphere created in the clubhouse is something else. The golfers always enjoy a yarn or two after the game whether is be about the shots they missed or the opal that didn’t cut that day. Golf is available 7 days a week with Ladies day being Wednesdays, Mixed on Saturdays and Men’s Day on Sundays. Friday’s are the most popular day of the week however, when all comers are welcome to play in the Chook Run. Beginners are given a handicap which goes out a shot each week that a chook isn’t won. Friday is a social occasion that nobody takes very seriously and is a great start to the weekend.

 

Major events on the Calender include the Ladies Open Tournament held on May the 3rd, Holden Scramble on May 11th, Men’s Open Tournament on June 7th, and many Sponsored Days and a full programme of club events. We also have The Lightning Ridge Pro-Am each year around August. The Daily Telegraph in summarising the PGA Tour last year listed Lightning Ridge Pro-Am as "THE MOST BIZZARE EVENT ON THE PGA TOUR". We’re very proud to wear that title and certainly will continue to look forward to the annual event.

 

Our course rating for men is 67 and ladies is 70. There are 8 water hazards to be found on our course which certainly proves interesting for all. Sand greens can also be a challenge.

Last Update July 2008
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