Norm Wilkinson isn’t able to play golf any more but will long be remembered and appreciated by all who play at Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort, especially on the Lake Course and Blue Nine.
The 88-year-old loved playing golf here for 25 years after moving from Melbourne. “It’s a very unique club with all its facilities,” he told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“The benefits you get out of golf - not only the competition - but also the camaraderie are wonderful. You learn so much. I thought: ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if I could give something back to the club’.
“I always felt the course could do with some more seating and shelters for protecting against the weather elements,” he said. “Sometimes you come to a hole, there can be a hold up and if it’s wet you may not have shelter. So I ran the idea of two pergolas or gazebos past the president, Nick Moraitis at the time.”
The board of directors considered Norm’s suggestions and Norm’s gazebos are positioned beside the Par 3, 12th tee on the Lake Course and alongside the Blue Course’s, Par 4, 5th hole. He also donated a seat, which is located at the 10th hole tee stand on the Lake Course.
Norm, a retired technical sales engineer after his toolmaker trade with a motor car bearing manufacturer, is proud of his playing record which included being A to D Grades champion at various clubs.
At Keysborough Golf Club, Norm obtained his lowest handicap of seven and won many events at Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort, including nine monthly medals, and C and B Grades club champion titles.
Club resort Chief Executive Officer Richard Hogg thanked Norm for his kind gestures. “They are fantastic,” the CEO said.
“They do look fabulous. They’re coming in very handy, especially in inclement weather. They’ll be great.
“When you’re coming over the hill, or driving along Melbourne Street, it (the gazebo beside the 12th hole) looks classy and fitting. It’s a place where there could be a hold up in play. There’s a nice garden around it. Our guys take pride in it.”
Mr Hogg said the four “places of refuge” are strategically placed, with the two gazebos donated by Norm located in the furtherest parts from the clubhouse in case golfers become ‘trapped’ with bad weather, the gazebo in respect of Max and Edna Tassicker beside the practice putting green/before the start of any play and the fourth beside the tennis court.
Norm is impressed with the additional comfort provided by the gazebos and seat. “I’d like to give back to the club for all the members and remember those who have gone before us,” he re-iterated.
*Members who wish to have an asset donated or wish to contribute towards an asset at the club please feel free to ring CEO Richard Hogg on 5744 1911.