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EDITORIAL: Golf legacy spans generations

A Wimmera institution marks an incredible milestone this weekend. 

Horsham Golf Club first occupied a paddock owned by the Langlands family in 1898 – during the very early years of the region’s major centre, as we know it today. 

An unrecognisable landscape. A much-evolved society. 

Horsham Golf Club marks its 125-year anniversary this weekend – celebrating successes and commemorating challenges during its long history. 

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The people, the developments, the glory, the memories. 

Much has changed, but its place and focus on community remains. 

After moving from its first location to land at Horsham East, the club eventually found its long-term home at Haven in the 1940s, where it has overcome significant adversity including various natural disasters – the most famous being the impacts of the Black Saturday fires of 2009 leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. 

It was on its knees only a few short years ago and the community voted with their feet and their cheque books, and rallied to ensure the club’s future. 

Today, it has a strong, driven committee and more than 700 members. 

The course is still recognised among the best of regional Australia, and has been home to generations of celebrations, events and gatherings. 

It has produced and hosted leading players of the sport including Horsham exports Jane Shearwood and Marcus Both over the years. 

However, people need not have ever picked up a golf club to have experienced the venue, in all its glory, and established special memories. 

Of course, before Horsham was proclaimed a borough in 1882, a town in 1932, and a city in 1949, First Nations people had long occupied the land. 

Considering the early days of the European settlement of Horsham, and surrounding towns, as we now know them, the mind wanders. 

Could the folk of the region in those early settlement years have ever imagined the important place developments, endeavours, and sporting and leisure opportunities such as the golf course would have on the daily activities of generations of residents. 

And what will remain of our region, our society, our way of life in another 125 years. 

What legacy are we developing, fostering, sustaining for the benefit of future generations? 

The entire November 22, 2023 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!