QUEEN­STOWN CEL­E­BRATES CEN­TE­NARY

The Cut - - 3RD TEE -

The Queen­stown Golf Club, aka Kelvin Heights, is cel­e­brat­ing its cen­te­nary year. The club has been sited on four dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions dur­ing its 100 years. The first course was at Frank­ton Flats. In 1936 the Queen­stown to Kingston road was opened and as part of the road ran through the course the club moved to the Queen­stown air­port site where play­ers swapped dodg­ing cars for dodg­ing planes. The course, which criss-crossed the run­way, was flat and (of course) tree­less.

By 1958, the ad­vances in avi­a­tion, larger air­craft and an in­creas­ing num­ber of flights forced the club to move again, this time to what is the cur­rent site of the nine-hole Frank­ton Golf Cen­tre.

Nine years later, be­cause part of the course was to be used as a tem­po­rary run­way while a new sealed run­way was built, plans were made to move the course for a fourth, and fi­nal, time.

In Fe­bru­ary 1969, mem­bers voted to pro­ceed with the build­ing of an 18-hole golf course on the Kelvin Penin­sula. A lease was ob­tained and in 1970 work be­gan, with the new course and club­house open­ing in April 1975. In Oc­to­ber that year the club changed its name to Queen­stown Golf Club.

Over the years the club has made regular im­prove­ments. In 1998 a five-bay driv­ing range was opened and in 2010 the up­stairs lounge, bar and as­so­ci­ated fa­cil­i­ties were re­fur­bished.

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