Junee Golf Club in the Riverina region has reached a remarkable milestone, celebrating a century of the club’s existence.
What began as a humble dream of two local farmers back in the 1920’s has evolved into a thriving 18-hole grass greens course, widely renowned as one of the toughest in the Riverina District.
It all began in 1921 when two farmers decided to take matters into their own hands. Finding no suitable golf course in their town, they carved out a couple of holes with sand greens on a small piece of waste land.
Over the next two years, their passion for golf ignited the interest of locals, resulting in the gradual expansion of the course. In 1923, the Junee Golf Club was officially inaugurated, complete with a modest clubhouse and a 9-hole sand greens course.
Throughout the decades, the club grew, and at its peak included not only golf but also tennis and lawn bowls. However, like any institution in a small rural town, the club weathered its share of challenges, including fluctuating memberships and economic hardships. In 1984, the club underwent changes and narrowed its focus to exclusively golf. Despite this shift, the Junee Golf Club continued to thrive, adapting to the changing times while staying true to its roots.
As the Junee Golf Club now enters its second century, its story serves as an inspiration for small towns everywhere, illustrating the incredible power of passion, dedication, and community support in overcoming challenges and achieving lasting success.
This month Golf NSW presented the club with a plaque to recognise their service to golf in country NSW.
Peter Coles, President of Junee Golf Club said the club was grateful for the support.
“The members and board of Junee Golf Club are very appreciative of this recognition by Golf NSW, and it shows the dedication of both organisations in the continued development of golf in country regions.”
“It is a testimony to the strength of the members that the club has survived wars, mouse and insect plagues, droughts, floods, economics, and most recently pandemics.”
“The club still stands, and it continues to support the people of Junee as well as being an integral part of the Riverina District.”