The Atherton Golf Club is a fully irrigated grass green, 18 hole golf course, nestled at the foot of the hills of a National Park, located on the western edge of the Atherton township.
Located 700 metres above sea level, and a pleasant 75 minute drive from the coastal towns of Cairns and Innisfail, the Atherton Golf Club invites you to participate in a competition or social round in comfortable conditions on our naturally air-conditioned Atherton Tablelands course.
The Atherton course is a thoughtful mix of par threes, fours and fives with lakes and bunkers to negotiate along the way. The well grassed lush fairways and true greens will enhance your game.
The clubhouse boasts a licensed bar, which is open seven days, and there is also a golf shop where balls, tees, gloves, etc. are available for purchase. Golf clubs and push buggies can be hired by those who are travelling light, and if you wish to play in style, motorised carts are also available for hire. The clubhouse is also available for functions at a very competitive rate.
Competitions are played on Saturdays and Sundays for all golfers and on Wednesdays for men and Thursdays for ladies.
More information on visiting the Atherton Golf Club is available on the Visitors’ page, and full information about the golf course is available under the Course page.
Please feel free to have a good look around the site to find out everything we can tell you on a web site about the club. The one thing we can’t do on a web site is give you the experience of playing here. But you’ll have a warm welcome when you come!
Brief History of the Atherton Golf Club
Formed in 1925, the Atherton Golf Club became incorporated in April 1988. The course was officially opened in September 1925 at Lot 395 Jessop’s Road Atherton, originally as a 9 hole course. Over the ensuing years the course was slowly developed with some existing holes being closed and new holes opened on the western side of Jessop Road. With funding obtained from various agencies the course was expanded to 13 holes in 1991, and further to 18 holes in 2001, after water storage dams were constructed and irrigation installed to utilise recycled water obtained from the council, resulting in a fully irrigated 18 hole course.
The existing clubhouse and carpark were completed in 1969, providing a popular sport, recreation and social venue for the Tableland community to access. Extensions and modifications to the clubhouse have continued to develop to meet members needs to the present day. The clubhouse has recently been upgraded to cater for all aspects of the community with wheelchair access, and also the kitchen has been upgraded to facilitate council’s legal requirements.
Membership has fluctuated over the years with numbers between 50 and 230. Located 75km west of Cairns on the Atherton Tablelands, the clubs current activities remain focused on maintaining operational, development and maintenance strategies essential to the clubs viability and capacity to provide sport and recreational education, training and participation opportunities and social functions beneficial to the Tablelands community and visitors alike.
The clubs catchment area is drawn from the communities of Atherton, Malanda, Herberton, Yungaburra, Tolga, Kairi and Tinaroo. The clubs current membership of approximately 170 members represent a broad section of ages from Juniors to Veterans.
Two full time staff are currently employed by the club in the positions of Manager and Course Superintendent, whilst the club’s executive positions are filled by members in a voluntary capacity.
The current membership is not content to sit on their laurels, and continue to improve the existing layout through the efforts of member volunteers. Current projects include the re-surfacing of greens with Novotec grass, the upgrading of existing tees, and further tree plantings to enhance the scenic nature of the area. The club has also entered into an agreement with QITE, who provide personnel to develop their skills by working with staff on the course.
The club has progressed to the stage that the members can now justifiably argue that the Atherton Golf Club has the best 18 hole course west of the Great Divide in northern Queensland.