One of Australia's most influential golf clubs began with an assembly of 'golf mad cranks' at the home of Marrickville Doctor Charles Adam Patrick in 1897.
Now, more than a century later, it is a club with a host of traditions, the third-oldest in Sydney, and unique in that it has existed at three different sites. ;xNLx;Under its original name of Marrickville Golf Club, it was a 12-hole course amid what were then the estates and grand homes that dotted the hills of Tempe. One of these was the notorious 'cliff hole', which required a lofted iron shot to carry up the rocky face of a 15-metre cliff. ;xNLx;Membership at Tempe started with men, of whom many were bookmakers, jockeys and hoteliers, but very early, women were encouraged to join. The first ladies monthly medal was played less than two years after the club was formed. Subscriptions were all of 10/6, or just $1.05 a year.;xNLx;The club moved to a new site at Arncliffe in 1907, also prompting a change in name. Bonnie Doon was the title of the grazing property the club purchased - land included in Cook's original charter of Botany Bay - and that was the name chosen by a majority of members.;xNLx;Now the club boasted an 18-hole course and a grand homestead for its clubhouse.;xNLx;Following World War II, expansion plans for Mascot aerodrome included land occupied by 13 of Bonnie Doon's 18 holes. Members again picked up their clubs, this time moving to the present site at Pagewood.;xNLx;Taking over the much younger New Metropolitan Golf Club in 1947, Bonnie Doon's 850 members now played on a pure links-style course of wide fairways and natural hazards, carved out of sandy heath and banksia scrub.;xNLx;In the years since, the nature of the course has changed, the membership has grown and facilities have developed to bring the club up to Group One standard. But the character of 'The Doon' has remained - 'first and foremost, a golfer's club'.
1911 Annual General Meeting
Held at Cafe Francais
TE Howard Champion of Club Champions
Tom Howard wins his last Club Championship in 1921 and goes on to win NSW Amateur and the Champion of Club Champions
Stage 1 of Ogilvy Clayton Master Plan was commenced as site fencing was erected and play on holes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 8 ceased. Play recommenced on April 29, 2012
Walter Hagen Plays Bonnie Doon
Walter Hagen was in brillant form at Bonnie Doon today in a match which he played with J. H Kirkwood against V. James (Bonnie Doon) and W. Gosden (Mosman). This game was arranged by the Professional Golf Association, and there was an attendance of about 700. Bogey for the course is 75 and the record 70. Hagen went round in 68.
Avondale GC Officially Opened
Opened by the State Governor Sir Dudley de Chair. Attorney-General Mr FS Boyce is the oresident
Professionals Golf Challenge
Vic James in Professional Golf Challenge. The match, which is being decided over 72 holes, commenced at Rose Bay yesterday and will continue today. Clark and James are leading by three holes
New Metropolitan Results
L Bromley - second in Sunday Stableford competition with 39 points is later to be Club Champion of Bonnie Doon GC in 1954, 1956, 1962
Pantry Maid Wanted
Positions vacant were still being advertised for Bonnie Doon GC at Arncliffe
Eric Apperly and TE Howard and The Lakes GC
Tom Howard and Eric Apperly jointly design The Lakes Golf Course in 1928
Eric Apperly and TE Howard Eastlake Golf Course
Tom Howard and Eric Apperly jointly design Eastlake Golf Course in 1930. The second 9 was completed in 1932