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)
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.