The early years
The early years
Trentham Golf Club occupies 39 hectares (98 acres) on the northern edge of the small township of Trentham, about 100 km north-west of Melbourne. The Stony Creek meanders along the club's eastern boundary, shortly after which it joins the Coliban River and plunges over the famous Trentham Falls, Victoria's highest single-drop waterfall.
The golf course was farmland from the 1850s. The original titles show five crown allotments of 19-20 acres each.
There was some goldmining near the creek, and a depression to the left of the 15th hole, known as 'Tin Pan Alley', was originally an old mining slug.
In April 1926 the titles were purchased by the Trentham Co-operative Society, and they commenced operation of a slaughterhouse, with associated yards and paddocks.
Being quite some distance from the nearest course at Kyneton, Trentham townsfolk were keen to establish golf in the district, and the Trentham Golf Club was officially established in 1937.
An agreement was made to lease land from the Co-operative, and a 9-hole sand green course was constructed which wandered its way around and through the Co-operative's operations. Golfers crossed the fences using stiles.
The first clubhouse was a tin shed that stood just south of what is now the 11th tee. The inside of the shed was dominated by a wood boiler and a smoky stove. Lady members dispensed cups of tea and biscuits through a servery to the gentlemen members standing outside in the smoke (and sometimes rain and snow!). Members brought their own crockery, cutlery, milk and sugar!