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Did you know that Mount Pleasant Gold Club is at the forefront of Foot Golf
Did you know? Mt Pleasant golf trivia…
Soon after MC Walter Jones arrived in Mount Pleasant during 1935, he persuaded fellow enthusiasts to join him in laying out a golf course directly behind the police station, on land across the Torrens River.
Indeed, play proceeded around the remains of the township’s first tavern – the Mount Pleasant Inn. A new Torrens footbridge of wooden slats laid over railway girders provided convenient public access from the railway station and main road. Unfortunately, the river proved as unkind to golf balls as it had to long-gone hotel customers and quick drying rank grass everywhere on the course proved an almost unbearable additional detraction. Read the rest in ‘The Quiet Waters By’ – Reg Butler
In actual fact there have been four golf courses, in and around Mount Pleasant – at Rosebank, on Herriot Road, the one above and the current one…
A Southern Barossa Gem
The Mount Pleasant Golf Club is located just north of Mount Pleasant at the southern tip of the Barossa District Council. Just 15 minutes from Eden Valley, 20 minutes from Williamstown and the Barossa Valley and only one hour from Adelaide it is a tribute to the community that built it and to the game of golf itself.
At the picturesque 18-hole course, local members, visitors and tourists are welcomed to enjoy a relaxing game of golf in a true bush setting. Kangaroos wander the course and bird watchers will be delighted by the wide variety of bird life attracted by our dams and creeks.
The course offers a good variety of flat and undulating holes, tree lined fairways, challenging greens and is a course for golfers of all abilities. The third hole has been described by The Interstate Golf Rating Group as the best over “water’ hole in South Australia.
It is certainly the signature hole of the course. The Par is 69 for men and 71 for women.
The club has a long history of commitment by volunteers and without this, the Southern Barossa recreational
facility would not exist. A part time greenkeeper and a willing group of volunteers maintain the course whilst a fully licenced clubhouse is offered on weekends.
The Club was first established in 1970 on private land as a 9 hole ‘scrapes’ course.
In 1976 the present land was purchased with the support of the Mount Pleasant District Council for the golf club. After two years of solid and demanding weekend work by Foundation life members, the first playing season of the Club on the Murray Crafter designed 9-hole course occurred in 1978. To further improve facilities, and grow the council and community asset, a clubhouse was built by members in 1982. This gave members, and visitors, bar and catering facilities in a club with a beautiful view over the course and surrounding countryside.
In the early 1990’s the club had the opportunity to purchase additional adjoining land and with government grants and
loans the land was procured. After consultation with members and with the fine tuning eye of Brian Crafter, a plan was drawn to build the dam and alter some of the existing holes and develop new ones. Thousands of trees from Trees For Life were planted to restore a more natural bush setting.
In 1992 the course was opened by then Liberal Member of Parliament, which saw the first playing season of the 18-hole
course as it is today.
Over the past 23 years the course has been continually developed to its present high standard and is now a constant
challenge to all golfers. The course now presents as one of the best community/council owned country courses in South
Golf is a game from 8 – 80 and beyond – for both Male and Female.
This golf course is a council asset, which belongs to the council ratepayers, and in particular those of the
Southern Barossa. Despite tough economic times, the course is continually being improved. The next challenge is to ‘climate change proof’ the greens by upgrading to drought tolerant turf. This volunteer contribution should not be underestimated. It is estimated that the number of volunteer hours and financial commitment, by members and its sponsors in the last 45 years, would amount to several million dollars if built privately.
The council has contributed in a relatively small but significant way to ensure that this asset is not lost
especially in times where narrow thinking opportunism might see an opportunity to ‘cash it in’. Indeed such action would be an insult to all those in the community are prepared to give there time, money and commitment to produce a meeting place for it’s community to recreate, to develop new friendships and to share the many challenges of golf. From 8 – 80, male or female this game is an opportunity for all to enjoy this international game.
At its worst it is a glorious 6 -7 kilometre walk in a picturesque environment. At its best and for a brief
moment you have ‘mastered’ your game.
We invite you to come and join us at the Mount Pleasant and District Golf club and support our continued contribution to your district’s sporting