Home' Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser : November 18 2015 Contents PAGE 8 - THE ADVERTISER, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015
Real clubs Real balls
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Factory 6, 26 The Concourse, Cowes
IN a first of its kind in the area, a
new sporting challenge has recently
opened its doors in Cowes.
The Cowes Indoor Golf Centre is
a fully equipped and exciting way
for both keen and would-be golf-
ers to practise their swings and to
challenge themselves to a variety of
Proprietor and lifelong golfer Ja-
son King has designed this centre to
provide an indoor and year-round
facility to the local golfing scene.
It is a concept that he has seen in
other places and decided that it has
the potential to be a real hit in the
Phillip Island area.
“I have played golf in this type of
centre in the Mornington Peninsula
and was very taken by the fun and
challenge of it all. My partner, Sarah
Foster, and I decided that it would
be great to have the opportunity to
play indoors on the island,” Jason
While this centre offers golfers the
luxury of hitting-up in a weather-
proof and comfortable environment
it also challenges them in using the
latest in computer technology.
The two driving ranges are fully-
equipped with a computer and big
screen in each of the booths.
These computers are equipped
with a golfing program that provides
users with a choice of 40 courses, of
varying degrees of length (9 or 18
holes) and difficulty.
These courses are of some of the
more popular ones played around
Once this choice is made, the
player then takes to the tee and hits
By facing the big screen the player
is given instant and detailed infor-
mation on each golf swing – the
speed, distance, angle of shot and
other relevant information that may
“This equipment gives individual
players the opportunity to practise
their strokes and to improve their
game,” said Jason.
“And all under the one roof and
without having to walk around!” he
Each booth can take either one or
up to four players depending on the
Jason believes that this challenge
is ideal for the golfer of any age
group or ability, who wants to better
their game, or for fun times such as
a family or group activity.
It can be as hard and as serious
as you want.
Players can choose to bring their
own clubs and balls or use the ones
provided at the centre.
Bookings can be made for hour
long sessions at the cost of $30 for
individual or $45 for two or more
The Cowes Indoor Golf Centre is
open from 4pm to 11pm Monday to
Friday and from 10am to 11pm on
Situated at 26/Factory 6, The
Concourse, Cowes, bookings can be
made on 0490 261 962.
A KIND donation of a dolls’ house
by a local Op Shop has sparked a
great deal of interest and conversa-
tion for residents of Griffiths Point
Lodge in San Remo.
For the past few months this
house has taken centre stage as
residents have lent a helping hand
in cleaning, painting and decorating
its three floors of living.
When this once-loved play toy first
arrived at the lodge it was in a state
of disrepair and sad neglect.
Its walls, floors and furnishings
had long seen better days, and more
importantly, the attention and care
of someone to look after it.
Gone were its tiny residents as
were all the things that are needed
to make a house a home.
“It was in a sad state when we first
got it but we have been thrilled to
receive it. This house has given our
residents a focus and something
they can all take an interest in,”
said Anita Rowe, activity diversional
“It has been a creative and artistic
outlet and group activity, and has
been an ongoing project with resi-
dents taking control and giving it a
total make-over,” Anita said.
One resident in particular, 98 year
old Mabel Body has turned her hand
to that of interior designer and ap-
plying her painting and design skills
to all aspects of the house.
She and her team have been as-
sisted along the way with donations
of all kinds of household items, and
even to family members who now
enjoy residing in their new home.
With the festive season fast ap-
proaching, Santa can now be seen
settling into the top floor and keep-
ing a keen eye on the decorative
Christmas tree that stands in the
lower floor lounge room.
Now completed, this dolls house
will be the major prize in Griffiths
Point’s Christmas raffle. It is sure to
bring as much cheer and delight for
someone special as it has for these
A RECENT Charity Drive Day held at
the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
has raised $100,000 for Challenge,
Supporting Kids With Cancer.
Organisers Greg LaManna, Michael
Piccolo and Dean Sammut, three
friends who get together annually to
raise funds for important causes,
could not be happier with the result.
The event involves the fundraising
trio inviting people they know that are
interested in motor racing to come
along in their own (usually) high pro -
file vehicles and enjoy the track over a
two day period.
As they commented in good hu-
mouredly to their guests, if you can af-
ford the high profile car you drive, you
can afford to come along to an event
like this and give something back.
And give they did.
One hundred and twenty people par-
ticipated, some driving their cars, oth-
ers enjoying the Go Karts, and a num-
ber as spectators, watching spouses
At the end of the two days, a cheque
for $100,000 was presented to David
Rogers, Challenge CEO, and Board
members Rob Sitch and Tom Gleisner,
of The Castle, The Dish, Utopia (and
much more) fame.
The pair gave an entertaining ac-
count of the making of the Castle,
and on a more serious note, outlined
their involvement in Challenge and the
wonderful work that this organisation
Over the 30 years it has been oper-
ating, Challenge has grown from small
beginnings to become well-known and
respected as a non-profit organisation
looking after the non-medical needs
and aspirations of children and their
families, living with cancer.
In hospital, it provides iPads, gaming
consoles, internet access, family activi-
ties and celebrity visits.
Within the community, it offers
camps, tickets to concerts and events,
holiday accommodation, parent re-
treats, home help and educational
It operates the Challenge Family Cen-
tre, the first of its kind in Australia,
where children and their families can
access an extensive range of non-med-
ical support services including play-
group, music and art therapy, massage
therapy, information seminars and a
“We deliver face to face support 365
days of the year, ” said CEO David Rog-
ers, who also assured those present
that $100,000 net would go to the chil-
dren, and not into administration.
The event was supported by the Fox
family, who provide the circuit each
year for a charity fundraiser, and also
by other corporate entities.
Griffiths Point Lodge resident Mabel Lodge (right) has played a leading role in the decoration and furnish-
ing of this dolls house. Her efforts are being admired by resident Viv Reith (left). This house will be the
major prize in this year’s Christmas raffle.
Bringing a dolls’ house back to life
The new Cowes Indoor Golf Centre, in The Concourse, uses cutting edge technology to challenge golfers
in testing their skills. Proprietor Jason King is on hand to help players through the process in one of two
driving range booths available for hire.
High tech indoor golf
centre opens in Cowes
The organisers of last week’s Charity Drive Day to raise funds for Challenge,
a group which supports Kids with Cancer, are pictured handing a cheque to
Challenge CEO David Rogers (second left) and board member Rob Sitch and
Tom Gleisner (second and third left). There also are Greg LaManna (centre),
Michael Piccolo (right) and Dean Sammut (left) who raised $100,000 through
Track event raises $100,000
for kids with cancer
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