The town-ship of Bannockburn was founded in 1850 and is located 23 km from Geelong. It is the major township in the Golden Plains Shire which covers the area between Geelong and Ballarat.
This is the third site for the club with both the earlier 9 holes, courses being on properties leased from local farmers. The current 18 holes course opened in 1971 on leased land but is now owned by the members who purchased the land from the Government in the mid 1990’s.
The club is active in the region with a strong Junior Development Program, participation in Men’s and Women’s Pennant teams, attendance at District Club Tournaments and Major District Events.
In recent years the Men’s pennant teams have had some success while the Women have won numerous Leigh District Pennants.
The course is an interesting 18 holes layout. It is a sand-greens course but is unique because of its quality, couch fairways and its permanent access to recycled water. This means that the course is in top condition, for 12 months of the year. A number of dogleg holes emphasise the need to negotiate the course with care.
The club is reliant on its volunteer workforce who attend to the myriad of tasks that are required to maintain the course, the clubhouse, and its surrounds in such excellent condition.
Although owned by the members the course provides public access all year around and encourages visitors and potential members. As an active member of the local community the club’s facilities are available for all to use.
Community involvement includes the Annual Good Friday Event, the joint Bannockburn and Inverleigh Anzac Day Golf Event, and an Anti-Cancer Day where all funds raised go to the respective charities.
Throughout the year there is an annual Bannockburn Shield team’s event for visiting men, a Noel Tanner Memorial Shield day for women, and a Four-day Tournament involving women and men.
The course is heavily treed which provides shelter for birds and other wildlife. There are a couple of small mobs of kangaroos but unfortunately these days sightings of our club logo animal, the Koala has become a rarity.
In the last 50 years the course has developed from a dry, dusty track which was open for 6 – 8 months, depending on the weather to, a twelve-months facility, with excellent well-watered tees, surrounds and fairways.
Currently the club is investigating the feasibility of converting from sand-greens to grass greens and this may be our next evolutionary step.