From humble beginnings...
The Pine Rivers Memorial Bowls Club was formed in 1948 and was located at Gympie Road Strathpine directly opposite the Country Club Hotel (now known as the 4 Mile Creek Hotel). The Club remained at this location for the following 30 years with a small but dedicated membership, bowling with limited success, and generally remained an outer Brisbane, Country Style Bowls Club. In the late 70s and early 80s, with the help of the slogan ‘Move to Little Aspley’, Brisbane saw a population shift from the inner suburbs to this area and to cater for the population growth, a large shopping complex was needed in Strathpine. Westfield Shopping Management was awarded the project and purchased the Club and property to build what we now know as Strathpine Centre.
The Club took up residence at its current location in Bray Park in 1984 which was seen as being the centre of the population growth area with predominately married couples and young families moving in daily. The Club membership increased quickly with the average age of our bowling members also dropping dramatically. The increased number of Junior Bowlers in the mid-80s saw the advent of the Pine Rivers Queensland Open Junior Singles Championship and this event was as successful then as it is today, with Champion Bowlers, Steve Glasson and Kevin Kerkow, among the early winners.
The 1980s also saw the commencement of building extensions, a third green and with the influx of new bowlers, we saw the Club becoming more competitive and achieving good results in such events as the Pine Shire Pairs and the Campbell Shield. The Club also started gaining respect in pennant competition.
With the Gaming Machine ‘Explosion’ in the early 1990s, the world changed for all clubs. Pine Rivers Memorial Bowls Club was no different. While ‘Chook’ Raffles still prevailed, the revenue from the gaming machines meant a big turnaround in the Club mentality and the role of management in the Club. The mid-90s saw the second major extension to the Club and, for the first time, Social Membership became a major factor. One thing that would always remain positively clear, however, was the focus and dedication to Lawn Bowls.
Pine Rivers Memorial Bowls Club celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 1998 and at the time had 515 full members and just over 5000 social members. Twenty years further down the track, 2018 will see Club Pine Rivers celebrate its 70th Anniversary boasting 450 full members and more than 60,000 social members.
Always striving to provide the best facilities to its members and its guests, the club has undergone several facelifts and renovations including, more recently, in 2010 the shade sails being erected over the greens and the multi-story car park being opened in 2016. The Club also has been a major contributor to the community by supporting local charities, schools, sporting clubs, RSLs and other worthwhile causes including the donation of 2 ambulances to the local station.
Now, with a staff base of approximately 100, Club Pine Rivers has come a long way from its modest beginnings on Gympie Road. Hosting national and international bowls events and providing something for everyone, management and staff always strive to offer members and guests the ultimate entertainment experience. With future renovations to include new restaurants, function rooms, a sports bar, kids club and additional gaming machines, the club is definitely moving with the times.
As the motto goes...