Pittwater opens new greens

Geoff Campbell & Les McAlpine represented Zone 9
Tony Tinworth, Saturday, 15 March 2008

Pittwater RSL Club’s new greens and temporary clubhouse were officially opened yesterday by Zone Councillor Les McAlpine and Club Chairman Brian Sargeson. The opening celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Club and is the result of two years planning. In his presentation, Les congratulated the club and it’s Board for their foresight in opening new greens at a time when many other clubs are closing theirs. Zone President Geoff Campbell also spoke and wished the club all success with their new facilities.


General Manager Bruce Smith, in welcoming the guests, paid tribute to the efforts of the club’s greenkeepers who were responsible for building the greens and facilities totally ‘in house’. The greens have been named after the ‘greenies’.


Earlier in the afternoon, 200 bowlers – 120 men and women bowlers from the club and 80 representing 20 Clubs from within Zone 9 – christened the greens in a carnival atmosphere. The Club’s hospitality extended to an open bar all afternoon, finger food on the greens and live musical entertainment. Other Clubs please take note! The event had been declared a mufti day in order to keep a relaxed atmosphere and it made for a colourful occasion – with the club proudly flying their 2007 No 5 Pennant (as well as others). Bowlers were impressed at how well and true the new greens ran, but President Casey Jones promised that they would soon run at the Club’s renowned 20 seconds. Visiting bowlers might not!


The celebrations continue until over Easter with the club conducting a 2 day 'Mega Easter Carnival' - an Open Men's Graded Triples event -  with $ 10,000 in prizemoney. The Club hopes to attract 70 teams to fill it’s 5 greens ( 2 of which will soon become carparks). Entries are still being accepted. Details and entry form available on this website under 'club carnivals and special events'. 




Part of the crowd at Pittwater's new greens opening