Welcome to all

Welcome to McLaren Vale Bowling Sports & Social Club Website. We hope you enjoy the website and if you are a visitor to McLaren Vale pop in for a drink and enjoy our friendly atmosphere especially on Friday nights when we have meals and drinks are at club prices. Also we have a happy hour on Friday nights 5.30 – 6.30pm. Meals on Friday nights are served 5.30 – 7.30pm.


Age Friendly Hub

Age Friendly Hub

The upgrade of the entrance and carpark was identified in the Club Strategic Plan 2014 -2019. It was considered a priority due to the unsafe nature of the carpark with its uneven surface, wet in winter and dry and dusty in summer.
The Board of Management applied for a grant through the Residents Win Program of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) in February 2017.
Initially our application was rejected, as it was not considered to be in the “public Interest”. Further discussion and additional arguments put to DPTI changed their decision and the Club was given the opportunity to engage a planning consultant, Jensen Plus, to develop a concept plan.
Following the development of the concept plan and design by Jensen Plus, in close consultation with the Club, it was submitted to DPTI in March 2017 for funding consideration.
In June 2017 we were advised by DPTI that our application for the development of an “Age Friendly Hub” was successful and DPTI as part of the Residents Win Program would provide a grant to assist with the project. The scope of work included bitumising the entrance, car park and Montessori staff car park, landscaping, bicycle rack, seating, lighting, line marking, designated pedestrian access, community art work, kerb and gutter and drainage.
The Club then sought quotes from Jensen Plus and Greenhill to undertake detailed planning and design and project management. Greenhill were awarded the project for a fixed consultancy fee.
Greenhill prepared initial plans including drainage design for our consideration and submission to Council for building approval.
Council had initially indicated that we would not require Development Approval, as there was already existing approval for the area to be used as a car park. This changed, and not only were we required to get Development Approval, it had to be advertised for community comment. This process slowed the project by several months.
After a lengthy process we received Development Approval for the work to proceed in March 2018.
Following approval, Greenhill then prepared tender documents and sought quotes for the work. Three quotes were received, Pridham, South Coast Sand and Civil and Davison Earthmovers. The contract was awarded to the lowest complying tender from Pridham in June 2018.
Work onsite was scheduled to commence 23 July and be completed on 14 September 2018. The contractor, Pridham, encountered several unforeseen issues that resulted in cost variations and time delays. These issues included underground services that we did not know existed; a stormwater pipe that did not have the required depth of cover, this required changes to the design and additional cost to lay a protective concrete slab over the pipe; need for additional retaining walls near the entrance; and inability to get the required compaction of the sub base due to moisture, requiring additional excavation and the introduction of appropriate sub base material. The time delays due to the additional work and wet weather extended the completion date to 28 September 2018.

The completed project has made an enormous difference to the amenity of the area, not just for our members and visitors, but also the community. No more pot holes filled with water in winter and dust in summer. The bitumised surface, designated pedestrian walkway and lighting will greatly improve the safety of the area. Seating in strategic places, bicycle rack and community art work will greatly enhance the amenity and appearance. It is now a space we can all be proud of and an asset for the community. It is a legacy to our current members and all those volunteers before us who have worked so tirelessly to generate savings to enable a project of this nature to go ahead.
The project would not have been possible without the support of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure’s Residence Win funding. The Club is extremely grateful for their generous support, and without this financial support this important project would not have been possible.

Xmas/New Year Dinner Dance

Christmas / Nearly New Year Dinner-Dance.

December 29th 2018 – 7pm start
Music by the fabulous ‘CHESTERFIELD’
Admission by ticket only. Tickets go on sale this weekend.
Cost: $35 includes meal.
These tickets are on sale to members for the next two weeks then will be opened up to the general public. These tickets WILL go quick. Do not delay.
Contacts John Bates 0456735151 or Clive Patterson 0408898315

President’s Day

We have our Men’s President’s Day on Friday 9 November. It is 2 games of 15 ends of Men’s Fours and 9:30 for 10:00am start.

Please see the attached flyer with all of the details.

I would greatly appreciate, as would our President Norm, if you could enter a team in this tournament. Ask your fellow Club members and make up a team, or even better, invite friends from other clubs to join you. If you work organize a RDO or chuck a sickie and have a long weekend and a great day of bowls, good prize money, good food and wine on the table.

There is an entry form in the club rooms to enter a contact name and mobile number for your team, or alternatively, send me a return email confirming your team entry and I will add to the list.

Look forward to your participation on Friday 9 November for our President’s Day Tournament.

Kind regards
Peter Guerin
Tournament Director


Administrator of the Year

Administrator of the year awarded to Peter Guerin

The Administrator of the year award celebrates those that keep their clubs and associations ticking, with their often behind the scenes efforts doing the ‘office work’ enabling great success for hundreds of others out on the greens. Congratulations to our 2018 winner: Peter Guerin of Mclaren Vale District Bowling Club a very deserving winner who was unfortunately unable to attend the Award ceremony last night.

Membership Fees

To all.

2018 – 19 Club fees are now due and must be paid no later than 24th September 2018.

Please note that the Club Membership year runs from 1st July to 30th June.

Fees are as listed below:

Full Member – $195.00

Associate Member – $145.00

Junior Member (under 18years) – $55.00

Social Member – $10.00

Introductory Fee (all 1st year Full Members) – $130.00

Access to Greens Membership – $80


Car Park update

Hi All

Please find attached for your information the latest Concept Plan for the driveway and car park at the Bowls Club. This plan along with a lighting plan will be submitted to Council for Development Approval. Copies of the Concept Plan and Lighting Plan will be displayed in the Club.

Also please remember that the speed limit in the driveway and car park is 5 km per hour, which is walking pace. At this time of the year it is quite dusty and limiting your speed not only reduces the dust it is paramount for the safety of our members, visitors and the children from the adjoining Montessori Centre, so please make sure you adhere to the speed restrictions.

Landscape Concept 11217