Home' Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser : July 20,2016 Contents PAGE 10 - THE ADVERTISER, WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016
LOOKING at the Penguin Pa-
rade car park today, it’s difficult
to believe it was once a presti-
gious golf course.
But for about two decades,
opening in 1930, the Summer-
land Peninsula boasted a nine-
hole golf course, designed by one
of Australia’s most renowned
That’s according to the au-
thors of a soon-to -be-published
book, Neil Crafter and Dr John
Green, who visited Summerland
last week, along with members
of the Phillip Island and District
According to co -author Neil
Crafter the first and second
holes of the golf course were un-
der what is now the carpark for
the Penguin Parade.
“I t then stretches out to the
maintenance compound area of
the Nature Parks, with holes on
the other side of the road, ” says
Neil, who is a golf course archi-
tect and whose sister and father
are both professional golfers.
“Only nine of the 18 holes were
built and the other nine were
meant to wrap around Swan
Lake, which would have been
“Apart from the car park, bits
of the course can still be seen
if you go out to Summerland.
There’s greens and tees that
have been slightly eroded over
the years, and covered with tus-
socks, but they can be distin-
Neil, who lives in Adelaide,
says his book will be a biography
of Alex Russell, one of Austra-
lia’s most renowned golf course
architects, who also designed
sections of Royal Melbourne.
“Alex was commissioned by
AKT Sambell, who was the de-
veloper of the Summerland es-
tate, to create the golf course.
“I think what he saw of the land
in the 1920s looked quite a bit
different than today. There was
far less ti-tree and it was more
open, with exposed sand dunes
and it would have reminded Alex
of Scottish and English courses.
“He would have certainly iden-
tified it as a spectacular site.”
Neil says the golf course closed
in the 1950s for a number of
“The golfers on the course got
together to form the Cowes –
now Phillip Island – Golf Club,
which signed the death warrant
“The other factor of course
was that it was so close to the
Penguin Parade and ultimately
the two couldn’t co - exist.
“It died a slow death.”
He says while the members
moved to Cowes around World
War II, the golf course contin-
“ I ’m judging that by newspa-
per advertisements from the
time for the Summerland guest
house, which were advertising
golf as late as 1951. ”
Neil says Summerland will
form one chapter of the book,
being co -written with Dr John
Green, which has yet to have a
title and will hopefully be pub -
lished by mid-2017.
He is also writing an article for
the October edition of the Golf
Architecture Magazine about
Summerland as one of the origi-
nal destination golf courses,
which are now so popular.
“Back in the ‘30s it was not
easy to get here. You’d get a ferry
from Stony Point.
“ Mr Sambell also built a jetty
(at Cat Bay) for people to access
the golf course and the residen-
tial estate. Apparently he also
owned the ferry service.
“ But it was an unsuitable har-
bour and they spent a lot of
money building the jetty and it
was only used for a few years.”
Its remains can still be seen
The reported cost of the jetty
was 5000 pounds.
He says in researching the
book he came across the Phillip
Island and District Historical
Society whose members have
generously displayed an origi-
nal photo of the course design
with Alex’ signature.
Cowes resident Howard Jones
is well known locally for his
But Howard grandfather Rees
was the curator of the Summer-
land golf course and won the golf
championship in 1938.
“He worked for Mr Sambell
and for two years lived in a tent
and a tin shed with two chil-
dren,” says Howard, 69, who has
been a member of the Phillip Is-
land Golf Club since he was 19.
“I was told he played very well,
off a plus-two. And his wife also
won the ladies in 1938. ”
Howard still has the tourna-
ment winning trophy given to his
grandfather, as well as the hon-
our board, showing three win-
“The war put a stop to the golf
championship so it was only
ever played for three years. ”
Howard agrees with Neil, say-
ing parts of the old golf course
can still be seen with the naked
“There’s a little bit of an out-
line of a green if you look really
Before the penguin
parade, there was golf
Phillip Island and District Historical Society’s John Jansson and Julie Box, left, with Howard Jones, Dr John Green and Neil
Crafter who are co-authoring the golfing book, and Cathy Jones.
Howard Jones grandfather, Rees, was the curator of
the old golf course and won the 1938 Summerland golf
The Summerland Golf Club Championships’ board shows the 1938 win-
ner as Howard Jones grandfather, RC Jones.
TWO Phillip Island residents took the opportu-
nity last Wednesday to ask questions at the Bass
Coast Shire ‘Community Engagement Question
Time’ in Wonthaggi on planning issues and State
Red Rocks proposal
Red Rocks resident Sue Saliba enquired about
the handling of hazardous material at a location
in Cowes West and whether an application for a
12 lot subdivision at the site would be advertised.
Ms Saliba received an assurance from the May-
or and council staff present at the session that the
planning application would be advertised.
Graffiti and libraries
Cowes resident Maurice Schinkel asked if coun-
cil had applied for a grant under a State Govern-
ment graffiti prevention program, and how much
money had been allocated by the State Govern-
ment for libraries in Bass Coast.
Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale advised that council
had applied for and received money under a pre-
vious graffiti prevention program, but was unsure
if an amount had been applied for in the current
The questioning by Mr Schinkel came about in
response to the graffiti on a building beside the
On the subject of library funding the Mayor ad-
vised that the State Government directs funds to
the West Gippsland Library Corporation and that
it was difficult to determine the specific amount
allocated to Bass Coast libraries.
Ms Saliba and Mr Schinkel were among a group
of Bass Coast residents who attended the Com-
munity Engagement Question Time, along with
Kevin Griffin of Wonthaggi who asked two ques-
tions on council governance.
After answering submitted questions the Mayor
gave the gallery the opportunity to quiz the coun-
cillors and staff present, with John Swarbrick of
Rhyll asking about pay rises in the shire.
After their questions were answered, both Mr
Griffin and Mr Schinkel were asked by Cr Phil
Wright of Cowes if they would be standing as can-
didates at the local government election on Octo-
Mr Griffin said he wouldn’t, and Mr Schinkel
advised those present that new local government
electoral regulations were pending, and that he
would be considering those regulations, as should
all people considering running, he said.
Mr Schinkel later emailed advice of the local
government electoral regulations to the council-
lors present at the question time.
Unlike the questions asked at the ‘Council Meet-
ing Question Time’ (which must relate to an actu-
al council agenda item), the answers to questions
at the community engagement question time are
This graffiti in Cowes was the subject of a
question at the Bass Coast Shire Community
Engagement Question Time.
EDWARD Oldenorff, a steel carrier, which ar-
rived in West Port from Port Kembla on Monday
(July 18) will depart on July 22 for a destination
to be advised.
The unleaded petrol/diesel tanker Taranaki
Sun, which arrived from Botany on Monday, will
Arriving on July 22 from Vuda will be the LPG
tanker Bougainville which will depart the follow-
Also arriving on July 22 from Port Kembla will
be the steel carrier African owl.
The crude oil tanker British Renown will arrive
from Geelong on July 24 and depart the next day.
Maea, an LPG tanker, will arrive in the bay from
Fiji on July 31, departing the following day.
Shipping in the bay
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