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The History

Nestled in the heart of Northern New South Wales’ Richmond River Valley, the Coraki Golf Club has been a cherished part of the community since its establishment in 1926. Originating from dense Ti-trees around the historic Coraki Showground, the course’s early days were characterised by sand greens meticulously fenced to safeguard against grazing cattle. This area, was also a village common, and because of the large water hole (near the present 8th green) locals would keep their livestock on the property.

At this time it was not unusual for member to carry a shot gun so as to bag a duck or two on the way round the course.

As the course developed, local member J.Nardi was authorised by the committee to scythe the grass for seed. Then in 1958, after the Show Ground became defunct, the local Shire Engineer, N. Lawrie, along with a willing band of workers, cleared, levelled, blew out tree stumps and planted the greens with Queensland Blue couch. With meticulous planning and labor, the course evolved into its present form, boasting fenced greens and a robust maintenance regimen. Enthusiastic club members were each assigned a green, where it was their duty to top dress, weed, mow, and keep the greens in good condition.

The initial Club House began as a simple tent erected for a day of golf. However, in 1933, a savage storm blew down the local Church of England Parish Hall, which had served as the original church for the Anglicans at Corak. The Golf Club seized the opportunity and purchased this building for 20 pounds. It was then erected on two blocks of land owned by N. Newby. By 1937, these blocks were acquired by the Club for 15 pounds.

As the club grew, in 1955, they gained enough members to be granted a liquor license. This milestone led to the extension of the building, adding a kitchen and storage room to accommodate the growing needs of the club.

In 1969, while further clubhouse extensions were being added a permanent green keeper was employed, and T. Maroney became the first paid employee. E. Scurr, who held the positions of Captain and President, guided the addition of alternate tees in 1974, made possible by an improved water supply from a water storage tank.

During this period, the club steadily improved and expanded. In 1971, the Clubhouse underwent another extension, this time incorporating outside toilets and a patio area. Subsequently, in 1978, a dance floor and poker machine room were added, marking significant enhancements to the facilities. The club reached a major milestone in 1976 by purchasing the Golf Course from the Lands Department for $6,248, thus becoming a fully functioning golf course with an integrated clubhouse.

Today, the Coraki Golf Club features sweeping, undulating fairways that make for a pleasant and relaxed walking experience. A strategic tree planting program, including slash pine, bottle brush, and eucalyptus trees along the fairways and in clumps, has added to the course’s beauty and challenge. Spanning 6045 meters, the course is both picturesque and demanding.

From humble beginnings to its current stature, the club’s journey reflects a dedication to preserving history while embracing modernity, ensuring that it remains a cherished destination for generations of golfers to come.

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