Christmas Island tees off for the 5th Acker Golf Open
This weekend the fifth Acker Golf Open will take place, a weekend of fun and friendly competition run by the Christmas Island Golf Club, the event that is growing in popularity every year.
This year the Golf Club is expecting up to 90 to 100 people in some of the competitions held from Friday through to Sunday.
The Christmas Island Golf Club is a community sporting facility totally run by volunteers. A wide variety of people volunteer their time to ensure the facility is operating at its very best for the benefit of its members and the wider community.
Playing golf on Christmas Island really is a unique experience, looking out on the the beautiful Indian Ocean, surrounded by palm trees and lush rainforest. On the cliff face behind the golf course, frigate birds soar and nest in the tall trees and fruit bats fly above golfers close to the greens. (Photo by Yvonne McKenzie)
And of course, you’re usually joined by the famous red crabs who migrate across the golf club once a year on there pilgrimage to the ocean to dip, mate and spawn with baby red crabs returning about a month later and turning the greens into a sea of red.
The club, which is open all year, now has 65 members. There is a ladies competition on Wednesday afternoons, men’s scroungers golf on Friday afternoons and a Saturday competition for all.
According to one of the club members; “Men are not allowed on the course on Wednesday afternoon and likewise women are not allowed on Friday afternoon. Should this rule be disobeyed the offending male/female is required to pay for drinks. There are also several special competition days throughout the year.”
This year there are competitors in the Acker Golf Open from Thailand, Perth, the east coast of Australia and Cocos Keeling Islands.
There are trophies for all events with novelties for selected holes and a special prize for any hole in ones on the Sunday and the major prize for the Open event on Sunday is a return trip to Perth.
Past champions that will be competing again this year include Tim Briggs (2012 champion), Alan Thornton (2013), James Keogh (2014), and Hayden Faulkner (2015).
“The Open is the premier event on the Christmas Island golfing calendar, bringing people to the island providing an opportunity to showcase this unique and beautiful island.
“The event provides a great source of revenue for the club to purchase equipment for maintaining the course, diesel for the generators for power up to the clubhouse and everything else needed to run a successful golf club given that it is a volunteer organisation.”