New clubhouse draws big crowd

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Pemberton Golf Club life members Ken Littlefair and John Bendotti cut the ribbon on the clubhouse, as club president Guy Grant watches on.
Camera IconPemberton Golf Club life members Ken Littlefair and John Bendotti cut the ribbon on the clubhouse, as club president Guy Grant watches on. Credit: Tari Jeffers

Members and supporters of the Pemberton Golf Club gathered at the course on Saturday for the official opening of the new clubhouse.

More than 100 people attended the opening, including four life members Ken and Don Littlefair, Eric Moltoni and John Bendotti.

Bendotti was one of the driving forces behind the project to replace the old building.

He said the project, which cost more than $400,000, was a result of the Pemberton community’s generosity.

“We fundraised $230,000 in three years by growing spuds, hay, cattle, pumpkins, avocado trees and fencing contracting,” he said.

Pemberton Golf Club members and guests packed onto the new clubhouse's veranda to cut the cake.
Camera IconPemberton Golf Club members and guests packed onto the new clubhouse's veranda to cut the cake. Credit: Tari Jeffers

The project was also funded by a Manjimup Shire Council grant of $60,000 and a loan from the council for $140,000 over 10 years.

“The result is outstanding, we are the envy of every club in the Warren Blackwood region for what we have here,” Bendotti said.

“We have an honour board for everyone who donated, fundraised or supported us.

“Everyone on that board deserves to be there for what they gave to us.”

Pemberton Golf Club vice president Steve Fisher and president Guy Grant.
Camera IconPemberton Golf Club vice president Steve Fisher and president Guy Grant. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times/Tari Jeffers

While the building was functional for the 2018 King Karri Kup, it was completely finished, including landscaping, this year.

“This wouldn’t have happened without the generosity of the people,” Bendotti said.

“We had a fundraising committee at the start, but then everyone got involved.”

Club vice-president Steve Fisher also thanked the community for its support.

“We’d be much farther behind without them,” he said.

Pemberton Golf Club captain David Martyn and his wife Jennifer at the official opening on Saturday afternoon.
Camera IconPemberton Golf Club captain David Martyn and his wife Jennifer at the official opening on Saturday afternoon. Credit: Tari Jeffers

Now that the clubhouse has been completed, Bendotti said there was always more work to be done.

The next focus will be on upgrading and maintaining the greens and course.

Esther and Steve Mills, of Nannup.
Camera IconEsther and Steve Mills, of Nannup. Credit: Tari Jeffers
Kerry De Campo and Ros Omodei, of Pemberton, with Erica Littlefair, of Busselton.
Camera IconKerry De Campo and Ros Omodei, of Pemberton, with Erica Littlefair, of Busselton. Credit: Tari Jeffers
Kylie Bendotti and Pete Sawyer, both of Walpole Transport.
Camera IconKylie Bendotti and Pete Sawyer, both of Walpole Transport. Credit: Tari Jeffers
Micahaela Drake, Helen Kay and Sean Newman with Joe and Leanne Mazzarolo, all of Pemberton.
Camera IconMicahaela Drake, Helen Kay and Sean Newman with Joe and Leanne Mazzarolo, all of Pemberton. Credit: Tari Jeffers
Pemberton Golf Club life members Eric Moltoni, Ken Littlefair, John Bendotti and Don Littlefair.
Camera IconPemberton Golf Club life members Eric Moltoni, Ken Littlefair, John Bendotti and Don Littlefair. Credit: Tari Jeffers
Pemberton Golf Club members and guests packed onto the new clubhouse's veranda to cut the cake.
Camera IconPemberton Golf Club members and guests packed onto the new clubhouse's veranda to cut the cake. Credit: Tari Jeffers

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