Katanning Country Club revamp signals brighter future

Sarah MakseGreat Southern Herald
Katanning Country Club president Derek Ramm.
Camera IconKatanning Country Club president Derek Ramm. Credit: Liam Croy / Great Southern Herald/Liam Croy / Great Southern Herald

The Katanning Country Club is in the midst of a major transformation, with the club set to become a family-friendly sporting hub by June next year.

The renovations signal a new chapter for the club, with the Katanning Bowling Club moving to the grounds to join the existing golf, tennis and squash facilities.

In 2018, the not-for-profit club voted to accept a proposal to relocate the bowling club to the facility with the support of Royalties for Regions funding.

The move is close to complete, with a new synthetic bowling green and fencing installed, and just paving to come.

The existing squash courts have received new floors and walls, and the tennis courts have been re-fenced, with high-powered light towers installed.

Clubrooms are next in line to receive a facelift.

Former club president and project manager David Stade said most club facilities would be open for members throughout the renovations.

“It is about being able to secure a good facility for the next 30-40 years for the community,” he said.

“It is about bringing the quality of the facility up to heightened expectations. We’ve been running with a very old building for a long time.”

Mr Stade said the committee was pleased to welcome the bowling club to the facility.

“Hopefully it will create atmosphere and generate enthusiasm so that all of the sports benefit from the addition of an extra club,” he said.

“Saturday golf is on again and we’d love to see members and non-members come up for a hit and the chance to safely socialise after some enforced couch time.

“People are using our new bowling green for the occasional roll-up and the club is looking forward to seeing lots of new faces enjoying this first-class facility in the new season.”

Katanning Country Club president Derek Ramm said the project had relied heavily on volunteers.

He said the team looked forward to providing a place for local families to relax and enjoy their sport.

“The project is a real injection of enthusiasm for the community and the club — it’s just what it needed,” he said.

“Like most rural sporting clubs, membership has been waning.

“This is an opportunity to create an even bigger and better not-for-profit sporting club for the whole community.”

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