Clubhouse revamp above par

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The clubhouse at Queenstown Golf Club’s iconic Kelvin Heights course is sporting a flash new shopfront.

Following a $650,000 building project, there’s a new pro shop with a general manager’s office attached, a new lobby entrance to the clubhouse and an interconnecting schist wall.

Life member June Grant, 92, cut the ribbon at the grand opening the Friday before last.

She also drove the first ball off the first tee when the course opened 42-and-a-half years ago – her late husband John was then-club president and an instigator of the course.

General manager John Stephens says the project was initiated by members thinking “it would be best if the GM was close to the action, rather than tucked away”.

“Then they thought, ‘while we’re doing it, we may as well enlarge the pro shop, and let’s tidy up the entranceway as well’.”

Stephens says the club couldn’t borrow the money as it doesn’t own the land – it’s Crown land vested in the local council.

Instead, it raised about $520,000 through member debentures, and another $68,000 in donations and grants.

“We’ve now got a great shopfront to welcome people,” Stephens says.

He adds future renovations to the 1970s clubhouse will target the kitchen and bar, the main lounge area and the verandah.

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