History of Henbury

The township of Kandos was established in the1920s to support the growth of two cement companies in the area. The new community was eager to embrace recreational opportunities and the cement companies were influential in the creation of two golf courses.

Henbury opened in August, 1931, in the midst of the Great Depression. There were eleven foundation members, that included Mr Christopher Saville who was elected as Vice-President from 1932 to 1935; and Secretary from 1935 to 1940s (right)

‘Lying under the shadow of the Coomber Mountain and within a mashie shot of the town of Kandos, 155 miles from Sydney, on the Mudgee line, lies the links of the Henbury Golf Club…. the climate is one which makes one really glad to be alive… The district abounds in scenic beauty of great charm and affords the visiting tourist and golfer ample scope for the fulfillment of their holiday dreams’.
Golf in Australia, 29 October, 1931.

Henbury was designed by two distinguished Australian golf architects, Rupert S Black and Arthur East. Black, who had a regular column in “Golf in Australia” in the 1930s, designed the Royal Queensland Golf Course and assisted with the Elanora and Oatlands courses in Sydney. Black’s design for the first nine holes at Henbury included the concept of 'drought proofing’ with provision for dual sand and grass greens at each hole. However, the course operated with sand greens until 1956.

Golf historians today are more familiar with Arthur East, who built the second nine holes in 1938. The result is a challenging eighteen hole championship golf course set against the magnificent backdrop of Coomber Melon Mountain.

‘The earmarks of a good course are as follows: It should be a test of good play. It must be artistic and interesting…Every hole should have character and individuality…’
Golf in Australia, 4 August, 1934.

Henbury will celebrate its 80th anniversary in August, 2011. The story of Henbury is commemorated in a book “Henbury – The Early History of a Country Golf Course”.  

The story provides a combination of golfing and social history, as well as highlighting the achievements of two leading female golfers from Kandos.

Henbury Sport & Recreation Club
A.B.N. 29 001 044 757

Phone: 02 6379 4101
Fax: 02 6379 4101
Mobile: 0458 794 101

Henbury Avenue
PO Box 22
Kandos NSW 2848

Email: info@henburygolf.com.au

“Henbury – The Early History of a Country Golf Course”

Copies available for purchase from the Henbury Club or the Kandos Museum.
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