At Andrew Kerr Care creating living, community and care moments have always been a priority for us.
Meg who is a resident at Andrew Kerr Care is a contributor to our monthly newsletter about her life with golf.
“I was not much of a golfer but nevertheless I enjoyed many golf courses and have had some interesting times on them.
My father was a really good golfer whose handicap was always in the low single figures. He played at Muckleford, out of Castlemaine, and tried to teach his womenfolk to play the game. He soon gave up as neither my mother, my sister, or myself responded well to his teaching – indeed we were just as hopeless at the game as he was as a teacher.
But we did like the golf course and the social life of a country club. I forgot about the game while studying at University and later working full time for many years but attempted to return to it when I retired.
By now Hal and I were living at Mount Eliza instead of Hawthorn and were able to join the “Little Frankston Golf Club” in Golf Links Road.
Golf lessons failed to make me a good golfer but husband Hal became quite a star and we did enjoy the camaraderie of the club and its members.
The Club itself was founded in 1912 by a group of Melbourne businessmen with holiday homes in the Mornington Peninsula. It has a purpose-built clubhouse from those times, set in gorgeous surroundings at the start of the 9 hole course. It is still comfortable today but there is very much a “do it yourself” arrangement for food and the three staff members are employed solely to look after the course itself.
There was land in excess of the club’s needs and a portion was sold to the government to house what is now the Mount Eliza Rehabilitation Centre next door in Golf Links Road. In addition, we were able to enjoy golf games in different places throughout various holidays.
Especially enjoyable were the courses at Bermagui and Narooma during fishing holidays, in towns on the Murray River, and in Noosa and the Sunshine Coast courses on holidays at Peregian Beach.
Overseas we played on the picturesque course at Jasper in the Canadian Rockies and even in France where we stayed a few nights at a golf course near Uzes. The Jasper course was notable for the animals we had to avoid and the strange Australians (us) who walked that beautiful course when everyone else was in golf buggies.
Back at home, I became involved in the preservation of the Ranelagh Estate in Mount Eliza. The Estate was designed by Walter Burley Griffin and his wife Marion Mahony, famous for their design of Canberra and of the Castlecrag Estate on the shores of Middle Harbour in Sydney.
Included in the original design for Ranelagh was a golf course situated on what became the corner of the Nepean Highway and Wooralla Drive. It was used for golf by residents of Ranelagh from the late 1920s to the mid-1950s after which it fell into a state of neglect.
The owner of the land was the Ranelagh Club which was in need of funds to develop its site on the Ranelagh beachfront. The Club sold its golf course in 1959 to a committee that was searching for land on which to build a private school. So the Ranelagh golf course became the Peninsula School, founded in 1961 and this saved the land from several unpleasant possibilities, among them subdivision for housing or a drive-in cinema.
If you have ever driven past that corner you can admire the tree grounds of the school.
The moral of this story is that you don’t have to be a crack golfer to gain great enjoyment from the game!”