“From sandscrapes to greens, from 18 holes to 45 holes. Good friends and good golf. A wonderful life. Kaye Forge.”
Dedicated to late Life Members Max and Edna Tassicker by daughter Kaye Forge, that’s what the prominently positioned gazebo close to the practice putting green and the first hole on the Blue Executive Nine states.
Max and Edna were excellent contributors to Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort advancing from sandscrapes to grass greens and extending from 18 holes to Australia’s largest public access golf course of 45 holes.
Max was club captain in 1968, 1969 and 1974, and served several decades as a committee member. Kaye said that her dad would bring in his farm machinery in building up the course, for sowing, fairways and the greens.
“He saw clothing attire from shirt and tie a must after 6.00pm in the area of the bar,” Kaye recalled to the Yarrawonga Chronicle. “Ladies did not go into that area - they were busy heating casseroles to raise extra funds for the club.”
Edna served as lady captain in 1958, and as vice president in 1963 and 1964 in her many years of giving time to the club.
The Tassickers donated the prestigious Champion of Champions Trophy - a silver salver - in 1963 which is still played for today.
“I decided I just wanted their memory to continue because they loved their golf,” Kaye said. “They made many wonderful friends through golf.
“I wish they were here to see the wonderful courses we have today. They would be so proud.”
Lady president Mary Hockley described the initiator of the gazebo and the former A Grade golfer as “an icon of our club who continues to follow the family tradition of promoting Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort, and Yarrawonga district as a whole”.
Club resort CEO Richard Hogg said all three constructed gazebos from strong, recycled plastic for safety purposes and a fourth one being built near the tennis court look fantastic and classy. He expressed his and the club’s appreciation for the additional assets for the club resort which “all help towards Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort becoming the best club resort in Australia”.
The building, in between the fourth and fifth holes on the Blue Nine which incorporates the sign ‘Relax with Max’ for the convenience of golfers, was also for the memory, of Max.
Max and Edna Tassicker, who were made life members in 1990 and 1995 respectively, have passed on but their memory will live forever at the golf club they loved. And rightly so.