The Byford Golf Club has based itself at various courses since establishment in 1975. Marri Park, Kwinana, Pinjarra to name a few have been host to our Members. In 2017, we moved to the Mandurah Country Club.

Mandurah Country Club was officially established in 1960, with office bearers and committee members being elected at the first meeting of the Club on 9 March 1960. At that time Mandurah was a small fishing and farming village surrounded by large tracts of privately held farmland. The town itself had very little publicly owned land.

The course was constructed on 100 acres of land that came to the Council in the following manner. 50 acres was purchased by the Club from the Sutton brothers. Under an agreement with Council the remaining 50 acres was set aside in lieu of future public open space requirements under the Town Planning Act against future subdivision of land owned by the Sutton brothers at Halls Head. The two parcels of land were duly surveyed from the Sutton brothers' Title and transferred to the Council.

The original course design was by Mr. Murray Dawson, a retired farmer and keen golfer who had successfully designed other country courses. In 1966/67 the original sand greens were replaced with Seaside Bent grass and in 1972 a practice fairway was established on the west side of the 9th fairway, however no major changes were made to the original course design until the early 1990s.

The first permanent Clubhouse was completed by the end of 1963 at a cost of twenty thousand pounds. Extensions carried out in 1968 completed the building as it now stands. The Clubhouse was officially opened on 22 February 1969 by the Hon. Leslie A. Logan, MLC, Minister for Local Government.

A number of celebrity golfers have played the Mandurah course including Sam Snead and Tom Weiskopf (1977 and 1980 respectively). The Halls Head Western Open (held from 1981-1983) attracted well known professionals Terry Gale, Roger Mckay, Lindsay Stephen, Bill Dunk, Peter Senior, Ian Stanley, Ian Baker-Finch, Wayne Grady and Stewart Ginn.

 

EMAIL

Peter, our Secretary - allchainwire@bigpond.com