“More Bowlers Bowling More Often”.
It’s not a new idea but it’s the mantra driving the Dandenong Club to establish its bowls club as a model club and a strong and vibrant participant in Victoria’s bowls scene.
In recent years the club has found it difficult to compete with the strongest Melbourne pennant clubs but in 2016 decided enough was enough.
We set about a simple four point approach;
Provide the best facilities in Melbourne’s South East,
Deliver bowls at the lowest cost
Provide high levels of engagement
Establish competitive pennant teams.
Whilst members remain the holy grail we now include anyone playing on our greens as a legitimate bowler and have targeted barefoot bowls, corporate events, Jack Attack and school programs as the catalyst for participation growth. Late in 2017 we plan to add a Friday night Junior Jack Attack competition for Primary school aged children.
Our club has two recently renovated grass greens in a setting with magnificent views to the Dandenong Ranges. An alfresco dining area has been established adjacent to the greens and the bar that services the area has been fully renovated.
Finances are underwritten by the Dandenong Club ensuring bowls club membership is the most affordable in the region. For first year bowlers, the cost is just $50 and for subsequent years $100. These rate fees include all Bowls Victoria affiliation charges.
Dandenong Club is enjoying consistently strong revenues, these are catalyst behind a feasibility study to assess the viability of installing a covered synthetic surface in the near future.
Our bowls program
The Bowls Club fields four pennant sides on Saturdays and three on Tuesdays and already has plans to reintroduce Tuesday night pennant later this year. Thursday in the summer and on Tuesdays and Saturdays in the lead up to winter, members play social bowls.
We have recently purchased 30 sets of the latest available bowls for casual play and teaching purposes. These are ideal for the two seven week competitions on Wednesday nights called “Jack Attack” and for barefoot bowling on Friday nights during the summer months.
For beginners, we offer personalized coaching. A new member is allocated a coach who will guide them through an introduction to the game of bowls, from how to hold the bowl to ensuring new bowlers are at ease with a few of the formalities of match play. We can arrange loan bowls for new bowlers.
DC has an experienced group of pennant bowlers that has been declining in numbers. But that’s about to change.
The success of the Jack Attack competition (16 teams on Wednesday night), corporate programs and Friday night barefoot bowls has involved over 1200 bowlers.
For the 2017/18 season twelve casual bowlers have already indicated that they will make themselves available for pennant bowls next season.
But it not just about the bowls at Dandenong Club. The Dandenong Club has social facilities that are second to none on the bowling scene from coffee in the café to dinner or lunch in our dining room. The Dandenong Club was only recently awarded the title of best Metropolitan Club Venue and our Café the best of its kind.
Prospective bowlers wanting to know more about bowls at Dandenong club can enquire via our enquiry form or phone 61 3 97621963