THE COOLUM CROQUET CLUB
- A BRIEF HISTORY
12th NOVEMBER 1990: A paragraph in the 'Sunshine Coast Daily' started things off. It said 'Anyone for croquet? Iris Byrne on 462232 is trying to get a Coolum Croquet Club off the ground and welcomes calls from any interested players or learners, any age and both sexes.'
28th JANUARY 1991: Two paragraphs: 'With 20 names already listed, 1991 could be the year of croquet in Coolum Beach.' and, 'Iris Byrne on 462232 welcomes more interested participants (beginners included) and plans a meeting early in February to launch the Coolum Croquet Club.'
2nd FEBRUARY 1991: (Iris didn't waste time) - a public notice in the 'Coolum Advertiser' and a paragraph in the Sunshine Daily announced a meeting in the Coolum Tennis Club house, (a bit like the Wimbledon Tennis Club in reverse?) to get things rolling.
FEBRUARY 1991: Foundation Day? A committee with Iris Byrne presiding was formed and on March 10th held the first of many regular fund raisers.
9th MAY 1991: Maroochy Shire Council approved in principal the lease of Lot 3 RP 181210 Portion 782 in the Parish of Maroochydore to the Coolum Croquet Club, subject to conditions applied by the shire engineer. In the meantime members were taking lessons from experienced players at the Nambour Croquet Club, and running more fund raisers.
25th SEPTEMBER 1991: Construction work started on two full sized courts on the grounds near the Coolum-Peregian RSL Club and adjacent to Stumers Creek. The Hyatt Resort provided the services of their greenkeeper to supervise.
EASTER 1992 Regular play commenced.
AUGUST 1992 The club's first interstate and overseas visitors - from Tasmania and New Zealand.
OCTOBER 1994: The building which was to become the clubhouse was transported to the grounds, and installed complete with water supply and sewer connection.
MARCH 1995: The Club's 4th AGM; the first in the new clubhouse.
APRIL 1995: Sunshine Coast 4th Division pennants games played at Coolum for the first time.
SEPTEMBER 1996: The fully renovated clubhouse resplendent in new paint with trims in the club colours was formally opened.
23rd JUNE 1997. The Club's Founder and President for every year of its existence passed away.
The Club's second president, Estelle Cargill, took the reins in firm hands until 1999. With a membership still small in numbers, fund raising and working bees continue to be on the agenda and we find good fellowship abounds whether playing croquet, selling cakes or weeding the lawns. A pity more don't realise what they are missing.
During construction of the adjacent Seacove Resort, a three quarter sized court was built by the contractors for the club. An access ramp to the clubhouse was funded by ????
In 2002, Traudi Miller became President, a position she held until 2007 except for the year 2005, when founder member Jill Page held the position. Traudi funded a much used pavilion adjacent to the lawns.
In 2003, the two main lawns were laser levelled, a process that turned out to be a difficult time with one lawn or the other out of action for several months.
An amenities block was added in 2007, funded by the State Government and Maroochy Shire Council. At $33 000, this was a major project for the club. In 2009, after several unsuccessful attempts to get grants to convert the old bathroom to a kitchen extension, the work was undertaken by member, Slim Reynolds, and club secretary, Adrian Prince.
In recent years, the club has been successful in the Sunshine Coast Pennants, winning the Ricochet Pennant in 2005, 2006 and 2008 and being runners up in 2004 and 2007. The Association Croquet team were runners up in 2006 and 2007.
Golf Croquet was introduced in 2005 and now has more members playing than Association or Ricochet.
We co-hosted the Australian Association Croquet Championships in 2005 and the Australian Golf Croquet Championships in 2008.
A grant application for a rainwater tank was successful in 2008 and a 13 500 litre tank installed which has significantly reduced the club’s water bill and enables lawn watering during water restrictions.
In 2009, after several unsuccessful attempts to get grants to convert the old bathroom to a kitchen extension, the work was undertaken by member, Slim Reynolds, and club secretary, Adrian Prince.