WRECKING BALL HITS GOLF TAVERN
MUSICIANS are used to performing under pressure but Keith McDonald’s performance just metres from the demolition of the Fairways Tavern on Wednesday was a first for the singer.
“It doesn’t happen every day,” McDonald joked.
He was a regular performer at the tavern during the 1980s and 90s when it was a Saturday night institution in Perth.
McDonald said it was bittersweet to see the building at the Wembley Golf Course demolished to make way for a new restaurant and bar.
“It was a large part of my life for 10 years.
“I haven’t played here for a long, long time but in the days I did play here, it was my place.
“We would usually have 250 to 300 people and at its best we had 700 people; those were the days when the Fairway Tavern was the alternative to the big beer barns.”
Town of Cambridge Mayor Simon Withers said as part of the $10 million project, the tavern, built in the 1960s, would be replaced with facilities to cater to golfers and the community.
“Wembley golf course is already WA’s most popular and busiest public course and these improvements will continue to set it apart,” Mr Withers said.
“The whole construction project, including the miniature golf course and playground, will take 12 months to complete.”
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Keith McDonald used to play at now-demolished Fairways Tavern.