Elderly Joondalup man returns to golf club where he was member for more than 30 years


Laurie Carr with Jim Bell enjoying his visit to Wanneroo Golf Club. Picture: Martin Kennealey d465863
Laurie Carr with Jim Bell enjoying his visit to Wanneroo Golf Club. Picture: Martin Kennealey d465863

AN elderly Joondalup resident has returned to the golf club of which he was a member for more than 30 years.

Laurie Carr (91) enjoyed a special visit to Wanneroo Golf Club in Neerabup recently, organised by Brightwater Joondalup physiotherapist Lynn Dique.

Mr Carr joined the club prior to it opening in 1973 and remained a member until 2004.

He said members had worked together to build the club facilities and he helped to paint the clubhouse.

His late wife Pat also joined and the couple spent much of their time at the course.

During his visit, Mr Carr met with other long-standing members who continue to play at the club and several told him they still had the trophies he used to make.

“It was very special to see so many people who were good friends for so many years,” he said.

Ms Dique said she had wanted to facilitate the visit for some time.

“Laurie has always spoken very fondly of his 30 years at the Wanneroo golf course: the good times, the good friends he made and the big part the club played in his life, even after his wife sadly passed away,” she said.

“Because I live in the area and know there have been so many changes to the club since he left in 2004, I thought it would be a good idea to take Laurie there to show him the journey the club has travelled since he has left.”

She said it was a special day, which included a buggy ride around the grounds for Mr Carr.

“So many members came over to chat to him and reminisced about so many years ago,” she said.

“Without a doubt he really enjoyed it… he even got emotional when we chatted about his visit a few days after.”