Date: May 11, 2011

Darwin ready for action-packed June

Darwin Golf Club will be a hive of activity in June as it hosts the NAB Men&aposs Northern Territory Amateur concurrently with the Boys&apos and Senior Men&aposs NT Amateurs. The course will host competitors from 2-5 June in Australia&aposs Top End. The club was established in 1930, making it the oldest golf club in the Northern Territory. The original course was situated around the first Darwin Airport on what was known as the Aerodrome Reserve. The course was immediately inland from the Fannie Bay Gaol. In 1974 the Club had to move again because of the projected but shelved Palmerston Freeway construction. The new clubhouse and the Thomson/Woolveridge designed course were opened in April 1974 and a successful golfing season followed. The clubhouse was modern and a great improvement until this was all destroyed on December 25, 1974 when Cyclone Tracy battered Darwin. Both the clubhouse and the golf course were severely damaged by Cyclone Tracy The club was fortunate in that it was able to recruit the services of the original builder who, like everyone else in Darwin, was looking for openings to employ labour rather than laying off workers in the aftermath of Cyclone Tracy. As a result the clubhouse and course were rehabilitated in less than a year, in time for the members&apos championships in September 1975. with information from Darwin Golf Club online