Gin Gin Golf Club

About the Gin Gin Golf Club


About The Gin Gin Golf Club

About the Club

Gin Gin Golf Club was first established in late 1970 with the first competition played on 24th April, 1971 and the clubhouse opened on 12th December 1971.

Since then the club has strived to improve the course and the Clubhouse facilities, moving from the original sand greens to couch greens and then to 328 greens. All of this has mainly been achieved by volunteers who have contributed their time and energy to bring together what you see today.

Management Committee

Geoff Brandon

Geoff Brandon

Captain, Acting Secretary


Life member of the Club – Life membership granted in 2011

Joined the Gin Gin Golf Club as a Junior Member in 1973

Elected to the committee as Secretary in 1979 and President in 1981

Has held every position on the committee over the ensuing years.

Involved in the reconstruction of the constitution and anything administrative over the years holding down the position of Secretary and Treasurer multiple times

Currently a committee member of the Wide Bay District Golf Association

Other information

Stands on the right side of the ball

Current Handicap 14

Known to putt from almost anywhere

Works in Local Government

Scott Warren

Scott Warren

Vice President


Started Playing golf in ??

Won my first Club Championship in 2000 and have held the title ever since

I am a qualified Diesel Fitter, and operate a transport and hay business

Hold several course records including Gin Gin with a 61 (-11)

Current Handicap is +6

Rick Stehbens

Rick Stehbens

Greens Director


Joined Gin Gin Golf Club as a Junior in 1972

Moved away from Gin Gin for all of my working life and returned to Gin Gin and retired

Previously held the role of House Director

Other information

Handicap is 13 and should be 18

Taught Phil Curd everything he knows

Downside to being Green Keeper is that it is cutting into my fishing time

Bob Materna

Bob Materna



Joined Gin Gin Golf Club in 2015

Started playing golf with the veterans group and progressed to competition

Elected to committee as Vice President in 2017 and President in 2020

Other Information

Stand on the proper side of the ball

Handicap is 20 and not high enough

Retired after spending 34 years on the Northern Territory.

Paul Stehbens

Paul Stehbens



Started playing junior golf in 1980

My father was a founding member of the club

I am a qualified Boilermaker but now work in education

I play social golf, sometimes its more social than golf.

My current handicap is 13

Jason Shield

Jason Shield

House Director


Joined Gin Gin Golf Club as a junior and returned to golf after hockey and cricket and returned to golf in 2012

Previously Director of Golf for 5 years

One Day I will beat Scott Warren after more than one hole

A Brief History of the Gin Gin Golf Club


A Newspaper clipping taken from the Bundaberg New-Mail in 1936 reported the Opening of the Gin Gin Golf Club on the site of the present golf club. A grand Ball was held to celebrate the big event. The local member of Parliament, Mr. W.A. Brand was present as well as other local dignitaries.

History tells us that after an arsenic poisoning accident involving a local farmers cows the club went into liquidation. Compensation was just too much for the struggling club.

Many years later on 23rd September, 1970, under the auspices of the local Apex Club, a meeting was called to test the interest of local people in the re-formation of the golf club. The feasibility of using the Race Course Reserve was looked into. In October, 1970 a second meeting was held and the first Committee was formed.

Golf Clubs around the area took an interest in the new club with, the first competition day being held on 24th April, 1971.

The constitution of Miriam Vale Golf Club with adjustments was adopted. With the constitution being reviewed serval times since due to legislation changes.

At a meeting on 18th May, 1971 following a discussion, specifications for a clubhouse were drawn

  1. Local Builders were asked to quote. Quote’s to consist of clubhouse 30′ by 24′ containing a bar, cold room, kitchen and ladies change room. Following the completion of the clubhouse a weekend of celebrations was held with a cabaret on  Saturday Night, 11th December and a bar-b-cue lunch on Sunday, 12th. Mr H.H. Innes and Mr Claude Wharton M.L.A. were invited to open the clubhouse and the course.


The First Annual General Meeting of the club was held on 15th December, 1971.

Construction of extensions began in April, 1975 and in November 1975 advice was received from the Department of Sport approving a subsidy of 33 1/3 % ($2,700.00) on an expenditure of $8,100.00 for the construction of grass greens.

A computerized watering system for the Greens, Tees and fairways was installed in 1992.

Since then the greens have been converted from couch grass to 328 over a period of years, with dry weather conditions and limited water being a factor and the committee has sort to make improvements to the Course and the Clubhouse and other facilities as savings and grants became available

Contact Information


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Phone -  0498 495 497 (Geoff)