Date: June 06, 2016
Author: Golf NSW

Northbridge opens new hole

Members and guests braved the threatening weather on Friday as Northbridge Golf Club officially opened its redesigned 1st hole.

Over 100 people turned out for the ceremony, including the entire greens staff who did a remarkable job completing the hole while the rest of the course was kept in tip-top condition.

The Mayor of Willoughby Gail Giles-Gidney and Federal Member for North Sydney Trent Zimmerman, who are both patrons of Northbridge Golf Club, officially opened the hole.  Architect James Wilcher was also on hand to witness proceedings and watch the hole in play for the first time. He was thrilled with the results.

The need for the redesign came from a difficult situation and the members agree the result is fantastic. Wilcher has created a challenging, beautiful and picturesque hole that really enhances the course – the perfect beginning of a round.

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A 10-hole Ambrose competition was held after the formalities, and the honour of taking the very first shot on the hole went to Reece McGlinn the current Club Champion and the son of Club Professional Ray McGlinn. Reece was the winner members draw for the honour of taking the first shot.

Despite the pressure of the large gallery on hand, he managed to put his effort just a few feet short of the green. Not quite on the putting surface – but a great shot regardless.

There was a $1,000 prize for a hole-in-one for the day. Sadly, there were no winners, but it’s a tricky green.

Work is due to begin on a new 4th hole in the next few months and after the success of the redesign of the first hole, many of the members are excited to see what's in store for them when it's completed.