The first Kooringal Members were enthusiastic pioneers, many new to the game of golf.
Because of wartime shortages, they had no machines to work with, but brought their picks, shovels, hoes and handmowers to establish the first nine holes.
The Club was inaugurated at a Public Meeting at the Williamstown Town Hall on September 27, 1946, as the Williamstown Golf Club, changing its name to Kooringal in 1958, when Altona became a separate Municipality. By 1952 the full 18 holes were in play.
Kooringal’s first Clubhouse was a 50-year-old former canteen building purchased from the Naval Dockyards in Williamstown and relocated at the Course in 1947. Over a period of years many improvements and additions were made to the building, which served the Club well until it was replaced by a new state of the art Clubhouse in 1996.
- Established as the Williamstown Golf Club 1946/47.
- Name changed in the mid to late fifties with the emergence of the then Shire of Altona which later became the City of Altona. How was the name Kooringal chosen? It is an aboriginal word meaning “by the water”.
- No name change may have occurred if a crystal ball had been used back in the mid to late fifties, as the current council is known as the Hobsons Bay City Council, which covers both Altona and Williamstown (due to Municipal rationalisation in the nineties).
- The Club used a disused canteen building transported from the Naval Dockyard in Williamstown in the very early years following its formation.
- During the years that followed, many alterations and additions were made to this building.
- In the early nineties, Architects – Richard Mabin & Associates were engaged to provide the Club with a concept plan for a new building.
- A decision taken by the Committee of the day to proceed with a new building proposal was then taken to the members for endorsement.
- Building plans were submitted and approved and first stages of development commenced in late1995.
- In January 1996, when building works were meant to commence, a delay of some four months occurred due to remedial works as a result of asbestos being found on the site.
- Construction of the building commenced in May 1996 following resolution of the issues causing the delay and the building was completed for occupancy in late October 1996.
Recent Course Developments and Improvements
- Two (2) greens have been replaced – Hole 7 & Hole 14 and one (1) new green built – Hole 3.
- The eighth fairway has been mined and some of this material used as the base for Hole 7.
- An ongoing process for the removal of dangerous trees and a new tree planting program has been initiated.
- A total overhaul of all tees and bunkers has also been initiated.
- The placement of garden beds both around the Clubhouse and course has added to the image of the Club.
- The installation of Rubaroc paths around the Clubhouse, first and tenth tees.