Council Sportsfields Manager (left) with club president and vice president
For months, club volunteers have been coming to working bees to turn the former Berhampore Bowling Club building in Stanley Street into a base for the Mornington Golf Club. The move takes golfers from their old clubrooms at the Berhampore Golf Course on Adelaide Road to the northern side of the course.
A nine-hole golf tournament, lawn bowls competition and children's pitch-and-putt contest will all kick-off at 1.30pm. All events are open to the public and are free of charge. A sausage sizzle and other refreshments will be available throughout the day.
The Berhampore Golf Course, part of the Town Belt, is one of the few public courses in Wellington. The Council has been working with the Mornington Golf Club over the past two years to boost use of the course.
Club president Ray Tuffin says numbers have increased to 140 members in the past year alone - a rise of 25% - and he is hoping to get to 200 members. Berhampore Bowling Club members will stay on as social members of the club and the front green will be retained for bowls.
Ray says the remaining bowling greens will be turned into a driving range and areas for chipping and putting practice. He sees this as a way to attract and develop younger golfers.
The upgrade is costing the club up to $100,000 and has involved renovations to the large kitchen and bar area, the toilets, locker rooms and the 'ladies lounge', which Ray says might be a perfect place for card games.
He is hoping the club will become a family destination.