NO. 1 Green – The BERT THORNE Memorial Green

Shortly after the land purchase at the eastern end of Parish Park, volunteers were hard at work fencing off the property.

The Officer in Charge of “greens construction” was ROY “Torchy” HEGARTY who, along with VIC SMITH and many other volunteer workers, commenced the huge task of levelling the land which was to become No. 1 Green.

Initially slag from Kanahooka Smelting Works was delivered and levelled. Coke Breeze donated by Wongawilli Colliery was then delivered and levelled and then followed a layer of sand and soil compliment – this eagerly awaited by Vic with his theodolite to ensure a level surface was ready for the sowing of the bent grass seed.

As the bent grass grew many helpers brought couch runners to supplement the bent grass and finally the No. 1 green was completed and ready for use for the first time on 8th October, 1960.

In January, 1961 GEORGE HOUSE was appointed the Green Keeper – the position he held until his retirement in 1973. KEN TAYLOR was appointed Assistant Green Keeper in 1971 and was promoted to Green Keeper on the retirement of George.

JOHN STEPHEN was successful in applying for the vacant Assistant Green Keeper position and he went on to complete the green keeping trade technical course to give him top qualifications in that trade.

In 2004 it was decided to change the surface of No. 1 from the hard wearing couch to a tiffdwarf strain of grass.

NO. 2 Green – The KEVIN DUFF Memorial Green

Construction began in February, 1961 – again with voluntary labour and closely supervised by Roy Hegarty and Vic Smith with additional input from newly appointed green keeper, George House.
Again much filling was required to bring No. 2 green to the level of No. 1 green, most filling being obtained from the new subdivision on Craig Crescent.
Sub-Contractors were used for the construction of both inner and outer walls using high strength concrete blocks.
Seed was sown by Roy Hegarty and George House on 16th February 1962 and over sown with bent seed on 4th May 1962. The green was available for play in late 1962 and remained a first class bent green until the decision was made in 2004 to bring the surface into line with the other two as a tiffdwarf green.
Bowlers who had the pleasure of playing on the No. 2 surface as a bent green will appreciate the construction work and maintenance upkeep of the surface during its existence – surely one of the best greens around, if not the best.

NO. 3 Green – The JOHN STEPHEN Memorial Green

During 1968/69 The Committee made an attempt to purchase the land on the eastern side of the clubhouse for an additional green. Wollongong City Council would only agree to let the Club lease the land.

A Committee was formed to oversee the green construction to be carried out by the appointed Contractor, R. Scott & Co. at a cost of $13,460.00. A construction method very different to that of the No. 1 and No. 2 greens was to be used for this green – a layer of straw and five inches of top soil.

At first the No. 3 green playing surface was poor to say the least, but with much surgery and hard work from the green keepers it is now a first class playing surface.

Green Keepers [this article 2008]

Scott Fackender arrived here, from Moss Vale, following a successful interview with our club. He came with the high recommendation of the late John Stephen.

Scotty over the last fourteen years or so has developed into one of our best green keepers, if not the best. Through his dedication and application to his profession Dapto Citizens Bowling Club has the finest bowling greens in the Zone.

Bradley Bell started here fourteen years ago as an apprentice. He also came recommended by the late John Stephen. During his apprenticeship Bradley excelled in all aspects of green keeping and his Tafe studies. He also has graduated into a fine and dedicated green keeper.

These two green keepers have supported the development of apprentices, Paul Crawford, Jono Bickerdike, Luke Appoloni and the new Adrian Smith.
We are lucky that our green keepers and apprentices support our club by playing bowls, Championships, Pennants and social. This helps our green keeping staff to keep in touch with how the greens are running, and in turn contributes to the greens upkeep.

Board of Directors

Club President

Noel Hawke

Vice President

Roy Logan


George Brown
Brian McCann
Doug Coleman
Stuart Low
Ian Bailey
Derek Batey

Bowls Secretary

Brett Bailey


Shaun Parnis

Dapto Citizens Bowling Club
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Tuesday: 9:00am - 10:30pm
Wednesday:  9:00am - 9:30pm
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Friday: 9:00am - 11:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am - Midnight
Sunday: 9:00am - 9:00pm

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