Unprecedented wet weather in early 2022 created challenges for many golf and sporting clubs with flooded fairways deterring players.
Along with the soaking from the sky, Wentworth Falls Country Club had the additional impediment of huge volumes of water pouring off surrounding roads and into Jamison Creek, upstream of Wentworth Falls. When the March rains forced a temporary closure to the club’s upper level, the Club board took the opportunity to focus on renovations to the clubhouse.
Founded in 1913 as a social hub for the community, the Blue Mountains Club once boasted one of the finest club houses in the State, but it has seen little renovation in the past five decades and was more than ready for change. Works already completed include new lighting installed throughout and renovations to the lower level, including a completely refurbished lounge area complete with gas fire resulting in a more inviting and comfortable space.
But perhaps the biggest change to the Wentworth Falls Country Club is the removal of poker machines, after a member vote to sell off the club’s remaining gaming machine licences in April.
Following in the footsteps of other registered licensed clubs successfully operating without gaming, members believe that the removal of their remaining poker machines is beneficial to the greater community, with locals and visitors being encouraged to get involved as the club reintroduces events such as trivia nights.
The new look and pokie-free premises are just the start of planned upgrades, with the Club board also engaging with local council to resolve stormwater runoff issues as well as seeking funding at State Government level to fix the clubhouse roof and install solar panels.