The freshly renovated Bargara Bowls Club is one of only a handful of clubs in Queensland to offer a hard-top roof with full sun protection.
Bargara Bowls Club chair David Arnold said the magnificent new facility included high-tech hardcover roofing, which meant bowls could be played rain, hail, or shine.
“A few weeks ago, our members were able to play through heavy rain,” David said.
“We were probably the only club in South East Queensland that was able to continue to play on that day.
“It really is fantastic as we can play in any condition now.”
David said the new synthetic greens were made of a particular weave matting that attracted a lot of new members.
“We have become very popular with people having to book in one week in advance,” he said.
“Since the reopening we have had an increase of 33 men and 12 women, and in return that benefits the club.”
But it's not just the new greens that have drawn keen bowlers to Bargara Bowls Club, as the protection from the harsh Queensland sun is major drawcard.
“With the new lighting it means we could play 24-7 if we wish,” David said.
“But it’s the hard-top roofing that allows us to play all-year round and the benefits are huge.
“Skin cancer is a real concern for us older people; we would normally have to play wearing long sun protection sleeves on our arms, but now we don’t even need to wear hats as the roof is 100 per cent UV rated.
“The new facility is definitely as good as any in South East Queensland.”
David said Bargara Bowls Club’s new facility also benefited the Bundaberg Region as they continued to thrive.
“It’s absolutely brilliant, just wonderful to be honest, we are so excited to have this facility up and going” he said.
“It benefits not only our club members but the wider Bundaberg community.
“In winter we are anticipating a busy time as we will welcome southerners with open arms – we expect an increase of grey nomads to come here to bowl, which will then flow on into the community.”
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