In September 2001, foundation president Rosario Adamo, a past member of the Italian Golf Association in Victoria, found himself talking to Italian Ambassador to Australia, Mr Volpicelli. The Ambassador asked him to establish the Italian Golf Association in Queensland. Rosario agreed. There were many Italians who would enjoy sharing time with other people of the same ethnic origin, playing the best sport in the world.
Together with the Ambassador and the Consul for Queensland, Dr Ercole, Rosario decided to meet some Italian golfers in Queensland who would assist in the formation of “the Club”. Together with Vincent and Victor De Pasquale, both passionate about golf, Alfio Romano’s legal firm was appointed to incorporate the Italian Golf Association (Qld) Inc. With his help, the structure of the association was put into place. The Romano family has been instrumental in organizing many of the necessary activities to enable the Club to start, and their contribution is gratefully acknowledged.
The first meeting was held on the 7th April 2002. That meeting attracted many keen and capable people who helped to take the Club through the formative years. At that meeting the first committee was formed and a schedule of games was drawn up for the balance of that year. The first game was held at the Royal Queensland Golf Club in June 2002 and, since that date, the Club has grown at an acceptable rate and has never looked back.
The mission of the Club is to have fun, playing golf, while fostering friendships in the Italian-Australian community.
The Club currently organizes in excess of 15 games a year, usually on the first Monday of each month, with a second game in selected months. Apart from the customary monthly prizes for winners and place-getters, there are currently four Medal rounds, two Club Championship rounds and a Match Play Championship with trophies. Most of these are conducted for “A”, “B”, & “C” grades. The Annual Italian Golf Classic is contested at the June game in each year for members and guests and trophies are presented at the Club’s annual dinner-dance.
Each golf day is open to visitors hosted by members and there is a special prize for the best score by a guest. Members are eligible to win nearest to pin prizes which are provided on most par 3’s.
All members are issued with a fixtures calendar which provides information for all games programmed for the year. To find details for each game visit the “Tee Bookings” page on our website. Members can make bookings for each game by using their password. Alternatively, bookings can be made by telephone, or by e-mail. Games may be paid for at the time of booking using our PayPal facility.
The Club is currently sponsoring a number of elite junior players to help ensure that talented young people are given an opportunity to fulfill their potential at the game.
The Club is affiliated with similar clubs throughout Australia. Currently, the total membership in four capital cities is around 800 members. The interstate clubs meet once a year to contest the “Festival City Challenge Cup” trophy.