In 1985, the North Adelaide Golf Club published "Eighty Golfing Years" commemorating the official opening of the North Adelaide Golf Club on 8 July 1905 at Montefiore Park, North Adelaide.
It was written by Club member and journalist Clarrie Bell who researched for over a year to gather the most accurate and detailed stories of the Club's origins and development. Clarrie’s extensive contribution to the Club was recognised with a President’s Award in 2014.
In 2004 / 2005, the North Adelaide Golf Club celebrated its Centenary Year and there is extensive description of the Club's Centenary Year on this website. At the gala Centenary Year Celebration Dinner, the Club published a Celebration Dinner Souvenir Program. The Souvenir Program included an abbreviated history of the Club also written by Clarrie Bell.
Meanwhile, here is the text of the jacket of "Eighty Golfing Years": -
"The North Adelaide Golf Club is so indissolubly linked with the history of golf in South Australia that it may claim the strongest of historical threads back to the introduction of the game of golf in the State in 1870.
As a senior club, it may claim not only its officially recorded 'Eighty Golfing Years' but also the only golf club to continue in the early tradition of Parklands golf and the only club to show eighty consecutive annual general meetings.
Golfers on the original 9 hole course in paddocks at Montefiore Hill had to share the links with cows. To prevent cows from grazing on the greens, a post and wire fence was erected around them. Local rules were introduced whereby a golfer could take the shot again if the wire were hit and players could lift their ball without penalty from cow pats.
"It is doubtful today, whether any city in the world has two 18-hole golf links and a par-3 golf course only a kilometre from the business heart of a capital city. the courses are a tribute to the Adelaide city Council of 1921 which took over the original 9-hole course and extended it to 18 holes. It was the second public course of its kind in Australia, the other having been started at Moore Park in Sydney.
"Many first class golfers learned their golf at North Adelaide and talented juniors have since become State champions or have added lustre to North Adelaide Golf Club record books with selection as representatives of the State in Australian golf."
NAGC Simpson Cup & Pennants
North Adelaide Golf Club is the only 'public' golf club to have played in a Simpson Cup final....
Panel on the NAGC "History Wall" depicting the Club's performance in 'A' (Simpson Cup) and 'B' Pennant.
History Of The North Adelaide Golf Club
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Centenary Year Celebrations
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History of Golf in South Australiaread more...
Club Championsread more...