In 1956, Wednesday competition didn’t officially exist at Pacific Golf Club. However, there were 12 to 18 members playing in the Wednesday competition at Oxley. The Captain of Pacific Golf Club at the time, Don Roebig, and member Eddie Zillman, organised the Pacific members to form their own Wednesday Club. This was a few years before the first game of golf was played on the new course at Carindale in October, 1963.
Some early members were Alan Marsh (landscaper), Gordon Turner (builder), Frank Rivers (Bank Johnny), Alan Hughes (butcher), Steve Dick (Sparky), Eddie May (Public S.), Eddie Zillman (Plumber), Don Roebig (Meat Insp.), and Bill Worthington (S.P Bookie/Waterside Worker).
When the Pacific Wednesday Club (PWC) began, members paid two shillings to play with the winner taking all!
There was no catering at the old Pacific on Wednesdays so one fellow would collect a cooked chook from the Camp Hill Pub. It was stated by one older member that “We descended on the chook like a crowd of flying foxes.”
In the early days, the group was made up of bank employees and small businessmen. There were no retirees. When the State Government introduced flexi-time, there was an influx of public servants. The club thus continued to grow.
In the late 1980s the PWC continued to grow in popularity. The fields averaged 120 with competitions played over 15 holes and being extended to 18 holes in recent years. Today fields average 200 and there are about 300 members.
A highlight of the year is the Annual Christmas Party held on the first Wednesday in December. This tradition continues to this day.
Life Membership of PWC has been awarded to Jack Ward, Doug Deeks, Kevin Everding, Wally Hansen, Errol Parkinson, Ken Thomas, John Bopf and Kevin Barry.
Doug Deeks began the Pacific Wednesday’s “53 Club” in 1978 and introduced the idea of providing powered Trikes for a few members who had some physical restrictions that may not otherwise have allowed them to play golf. For this contribution, Doug was highly respected by all members. Jack Ward and Ian Milnes continued Doug’s idea for many years. Today there are over 60 members of the 53 Club, and all proceeds go towards the Junior Club.
The Pacific Wednesday Club was established as a subsidiary club within the Pacific Golf Club. The Wednesday Club holds a men’s 18 hole competition each Wednesday, except Public Holidays, when the main club runs competitions. These competitions are open to every club member and visitors from Golf Australia or overseas affiliated golf clubs.
Membership Information: Membership of the Pacific Wednesday Club is restricted to male financial members of Pacific Golf Club and is available for an annual fee set every year at the Wednesday Club general meeting. The membership runs from the general meeting in early February to the following year. Membership fees are set each year in February at the Wednesday Club General Meeting..
Members of the Wednesday Club receive benefits such as a discounted competition fee, subsidised trip to Surfers Paradise during the Gary Player week, an invite to the annual Christmas Party, as well as other benefits throughout the year.