In 1965 The initial 9-hole public course layout designed by Mr. A. Toogood and constructed by Mr. D. R. Hazell (later Hazell Bros.) was opened. Ladies met to form a group to play competitive golf on the course in 1966. A Committee was formed to control their activities. In 1967 September a meeting was arranged to form a similar Committee for men.
At the April 1968 meeting of the Committee it was decided to approach the S.T.G.U. to discuss affiliation with the Union, and on the 21st March, 1969 the Club was granted affiliation with the S.T.G.U. Mr. J. V. Michael was appointed delegate to the Union.
The Club was named North West Bay Country Golf Club. An Official Opening Ceremony was held on 22nd June 1969 with guests from other Clubs and the S.T.G.U. attending.
During the period – from 1969 to 1970 the second 9-holes were developed and became operational at about the time that affiliation was granted to the Club.
1976 The Housing Department had by now acquired the property that included the area on which the Golf Course was built and this required the Club to negotiate a new lease with that body.
Three new holes were opened in 1979, the 13th, 14th and 18th with the old 16th, 17th and 18th being abandoned. This constituted the first major change that the Club had accomplished since acquiring control of the golf course. The Club also won the 1st Division Country Pennant for the first time.
During 1980 The Club concluded negotiations to purchase the land on which the course was built from the Housing Department. A Special General Meeting held in August 1980 resolved that the Club purchase the land on which the course is situated at a total cost of $95,000.
Club member, Mr. Brett Johns won the Tasmanian Amateur Championship in 1981.
At the A.G.M. 1983 the Committee was directed to commence a long-term development plan for the course. During this year Mr. Brett Johns won the Tasmanian Amateur Championship for the second time.
1985 Mr. Brett Johns won the Tasmanian Amateur Championship for the third time.
1987 Mr. Brett Johns won the Tasmanian Amateur Championship for the fourth time.
At a Special General Meeting held on 12th September, 1988 the final course development plan provided by Mr. Peter Toogood and incorporating a watering system was adopted and put into operation with a minimum of delay. On the 16th December, 1989 the first 9-holes of the new development were opened. The word “Country” was withdrawn from the Club name.
On the 10th November, 1990 His Excellency General Sir Phillip Bennett A. C., K. B. E., D. S. O. Governor of Tasmania performed the official Opening of the completed course development. The development significantly increased the course length from 5282m to 6108m.
Mr. Brett Johns won the Tasmanian Amateur Championship for the fifth time in 1990.
During the years development on the course has continued. Some of these have included:
- Pop-up sprinklers installed around all greens.
- Fairway watering was installed on 8 holes and a pine tree removal plan was commenced.
- Markers were installed at 150m from the center of the green.
- All remaining large pine trees removed from the course.
- Two Associates were elected to sit on the Members Committee with full voting rights.
- In 2000 the North West Bay Golf Club elected to open the course to non-member golfers on Sundays.
- A new extension car-park built with a capacity of an extra 60 cars.
- New paths to 1st, 17th, 8th & 6th tees.
- New dam between 3rd, 4th, and 5th holes, also on 15th hole.
- Treated wastewater reticulation implemented with the remaining 7 unwatered fairways incorporated into the system.
- Gazebo on the 14th hole and barbeque area near Clubhouse completed.
- Major works on the 18th fairway to reduce the incline to the 18th green completed.
- The remainder of the pine tree stumps removed and new native tree planting programme implemented.
- New paths to 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th & 16th tees.
North West Bay Golf Club has a long and proud history. We are committed to continuing our development into the future.