Club Bowls

History

The Bramble Bay Bowls Club was founded at a public meeting, called by Mr. H.W.Wightman, a member of the Clontarf Beach Progress Association at Woody Point, on 31st August 1948.

Several sites for the green were considered and the final selection favoured by the Recreation Reserve was at Red Cutting, Woody Point. The view from the site prompted that the name of ‘Bramble Bay” be given to the Club.

The first sod was turned in July 1949 by the then Governor of Queensland, Hon F.A.Cooper.

June 10th 1950 saw a membership of 72 and the first Club House, a roof over a 20 x 20 structure. The second green was completed in 1954 and the third green in 1977. This green was planted with Tift grass, a new variety at the time.

The first section of the existing clubhouse on the western end was completed in 1991.

The club house was fully completed in 1994 and opened by Redcliffe Mayor, Alan Bolton.

In the 1980’s and 90’s Bramble Bay Bowls Club had the largest membership of all Brisbane Metropolitan Clubs, with 600 members plus and was recognised as having the best greens in the Brisbane area.

Current memberships is at approximately 1500 and continues to grow.

Club Rules

There is a standard of dress required after 7pm in the licensed portion of the club, bar area, gaming and function room.

  • Attire – clean, neat and tidy at all times.
  • No tradesman work clothes after 7pm.
  • No headwear for males at any time (catering staff excepted).
  • No sleeveless singlets for males after 7pm.
  • Club reserves the right to refuse entry or service.
  • Children under the age of eighteen (18) must be accompanied by adults.

Memberships

As a member of the club, you automatically (on payment of fees) become an affiliated bowler, Affiliation is in this instance means registered.

As from July 2017, Full Bowling Membership is $120 per annum

You become registered with:Membership Fees
National BodyBowls Australia (BA)$14.13
State BodyBowls Queensland (BQ)$42.00
District BodyBrisbane North District Bowls Assoc (BNDBA)Brisbane North District Ladies Bowls (BNDLBA)$14.00 (Mens and Ladies)
Your ClubBramble Bay Bowls & Recreation (BBB&R)$49.00

The membership fees are paid on joining, or becoming annually due on 30th June, payable by 31st July each year.

The annual membership fee may vary by alterations to any affiliated Bodies fee, or a vote of the members at a Special Half-Yearly meeting of the Incorporated Club, or a recommendation from the Men’s Bowls Club.

Green fees are the contribution by playing members toward maintenance of the greens and surrounds of the club. Currently set at $15.00 per player, these fees cover green maintenance, catering for afternoon or morning teas, (lunches are included in special event fees) and for trophy payouts at the conclusion of the days play.

Social Memberships

Social Members shall be entitled to the privileges of membership, except they shall not be entitled to hold any office of the Club, not be entitled to nominate members for election to any position in the club nor take part in or vote at meetings of the club.

Social Members shall not be entitled to nominate anyone into membership of the Club nor shall they be entitled to play bowls, except by invitation of the Board or Men’s, Ladies and Veterans Club.

Social members shall not be under eighteen (18) years of age. The Social Membership fees are paid on joining, or annually ($5.00) due on 30th June, payable by 31st July each year.

Deck

Beautiful deck overlooking the magnificent Bramble Bay. Entry from bar at southern corner.

Function Rooms

Available for hire, bookings through Administration Office.

Seating for 60 to 70 persons – available for weddings, celebration parties, dances and entertainment shows.

Convenience Facilities

Located at the eastern and western ends of the building. The special Disabled and Mothers’ room is at the eastern end access from the stage end of the function room