Pelican Waters Celebrates 40th Anniversary
By Tony Carter
The Pelican Waters Bowls Club recently celebrated its 40th anniversary On 15 April 1982, the very first game of bowls was played at the Pelican Waters Bowls Club, then called the Golden Beach Bowls Club, with 53 members and eight visitors playing a game of social bowls. Since that first game, the club has grown to include two greens, expanded its club house and has a healthy, increasing membership base with well over 350 bowling members. The club is a vital part of the Pelican Waters and Golden Beach community.
On Saturday 9 April 2022, the club held a Gala Celebration Dinner. Several members formed an entertainment troupe and had practised for many months before putting on a show of music and comedy acts that had the crowd with sore faces from laughing so much.
On Sunday 10 April, with a number of sore heads, a 40th Anniversary Bowls Day was held with full greens and plenty of great bowls, fun and laughter.
The Sunshine Coast Men’s Bowls Association also held their April competition at the club to help celebrate the 40th.
A memorabilia wall has been built at the club with old photos, bowls, club shirts, signs and more on display. A digital photo presentation was displayed at the club during the month with photos from throughout the club’s 40 years.
The club is extremely proud of what has been achieved over the last 40 years and members are incredibly grateful to the many volunteers who have built the club from ground up into the wonderful bowls club it is today. As we look forward to the next few years, we will be replacing the carpet on green #1 this year and on green #2 in two years, and will hopefully have a roof system over the greens in about five years.