Two Melbourne clubs, Churchill Park and Waverley, last night voted to merge.
The new club, to be known as Churchill-Waverley Golf and Bowls Club Limited, will be consolidate on to the current Churchill Park land in Churchill Park Drive, Endeavour Hills, in Melbourne's eastern suburbs. Waverley GC's land is to be sold for development after a transition period expected to span between three and five years.
Both groups of members voted overwhelmingly in favour of the merger at separate meetings last night, marking a milestone in the history of each club.
“This merger is the culmination of extensive work by our clubs exploring options to secure our long- term future,” said Geoff Ellis, president of Churchill Park Golf Club. “Both of our clubs have suffered for some time from the oversupply of golf courses in Melbourne, however, we both have committed and passionate member groups and we are confident the merger will allow existing and new members to be part of a competitive and exciting club for many years to come.”
Waverley Golf Club president Roland Nicholson, highlighted some of the future plans for the new club and talked of the thorough process of analysis and planning both clubs completed prior to the decision.
“The merger provides the foundation for a long-term sustainable vibrant club,” says Mr Nicholson. “We can now look forward to quality golf, bowls and leisure facilities underpinned by a diverse community business model.”