Dad’s Army, take a bow

Golf pro Jock Borthwick was instrumental in establishing the Ledge Point Commmunity Golf Club.
Golf pro Jock Borthwick was instrumental in establishing the Ledge Point Commmunity Golf Club.

They were Jock Borthwick and Phil Meston, who had ideas to bring more visitors to town.

‘I am a golf pro and I designed the golf course,’ Mr Borthwick (82) said.

‘When you turn pro, one of the parts of the agreement is that you learn the designing of a golf course.

‘Between the caravan park and the golf course, it’s helped to make this town.

‘It’s been rated by the Australian Golf Union; it’s a world-standard golf course.’

Mr Borthwick said the golf course was made possible thanks to local volunteers ‘Dad’s Army’ who took over the construction with donated and borrowed equipment.

Dad’s Army included Lance Gutteridge, Mal Harringlon, Denis Mannix, Bernie McHugh, Peter Moyle, Norm Ruthven, John Sanderson, John Sterrett, Harry Swarbrick, Neville Thompson and Ben Woods.

‘Without these people, nothing would have been achieved,’ Mr Borthwick said.

The Shire of Gingin awarded the group the Premier’s Active Citizenship Award at Australia Day in 2003.

The golf club is part of the Ledge Point Country Club, which is the hub of social and sporting activities in the coastal town.

The club is open every day and meals are served on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.