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Ray Chalmers was President of the Half Moon Bay Golf Club from 1997-2000.

During his time as President, the Golf Club had a major transformation from a 13 hole golf course to an 18 hole, picturesque, challenging golf course.

The progression to the 18 holes required a number of processes to be completed.

First, an agreement with Cairns Regional Council for the occupation of the former Yorkeys Knob Waste Landfill site had to be obtained.

This was negotiated over a period of time with, not only the Cairns Regional Council, but a number of State Government agencies which had an interest in the transformation of the landfill site to “Golf Couse fairways and greens”. It was, at that time, a pioneering process as the transformation from a landfill site to a golf course had not been carried out, under the current standards.

The property of the landfill site had to ne assigned to the Golf Club and, consequently purchased as freehold title by the Golf Club, after Cairns Regional Council had signed off on the closure of the landfill site.

The property then had to go through a material Change of Use Process, under the Town Planning Scheme, to be used as a Golf Course.

Development of the additional holes and re-development of some existing holes was the next stage. This process involved  negotiation with government agencies due to the location of the golf course.

  • On top of a closed landfill site
  • Adjacent to the wet lands.

The Golf Club had previously had a master plan for the 18 hole development. Design and tender documents were commissioned and, consequently, tenders were called and successful tender was awarded earthworks contract.

The golf Club had to raise sufficient funding for the development and this process required a restructuring of the entities of the golf club so as banks would consider and eventually provide the funds required to construct the expansion of the golf course.

A reliable water supply, as with every other golf course, was required and after considering the various options, negotiations were commenced with Cairns Water to supply treated effluent water from the Smithfield Treatment Plant to the Golf Club.   These negotiations proved successful and the Golf Club was able to secure sufficient supply of treated effluent water.

The works for the development of the Golf Course to 18 holes was completed in 2000 and Ray Chalmers was President of the Half Moon Bay Golf Club when the 18 hole course was officially opened.

Ray Chalmers, along with other committee members at the time, attended numerous meetings to “drive” the various approvals required for the development of the golf course expansion.  It was a challenge not easily accomplished in a condensed time frame, and consequently the construction of the golf course works, and current members who enjoy the playing conditions of the Half Moon Bay Golf Club are fortunate to have had people like Ray Chalmers” unrewarded efforts representing their sporting interests.

Well done, Ray Chalmers

AGM 2017


 Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of the Half Moon Bay Golf Club Inc to be held at the Half Moon Bay Golf Club commencing at 9.30am on Sunday 3rd December 2017.


  1. Apologies.
  2. Minutes of 2016 Annual General Meeting
  3. Adoption of President’s Report
  4. Adoption of Annual Financial Report
  5. Adoption of 2017-2018 Business Plan
  6. Adoption of Committee Reports
  7. Appointment of Auditor
  8. General Business
  9. Election of Officers


The Half Moon Bay Golf Club acknowledges, welcomes and appreciates continuing support from the Cairns Regional Council, The Reef Hotel Casino Community Benefit Fund, the Queensland Government Club Development Program and the Queensland Government Gambling Community Benefit Fund and the Dept. of National Parks and Recreation, Sport and Racing.

Greg Ferry

General Manager

Nominations forms at the bar.

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0435 533 724



Member’s Golf Day

Half Moon Bay Golf Club


7th October 2017

7:30am & 12:30pm Shotgun Start

Individual Stableford Competition

$14 per person

Food available for purchase

Special Members Prices all day!

Prizes for best dressed individual & team in their Supporters colours

Contact the Half Moon Bay Golf Shop on

4055 7933 to register & for more information


Buddy Atherton Trip 2017


 Attached is the group picture outside Atherton Golf Club at yesterday’s Road Trip! For those who were not able to join us, Deb Morison is our overall WINNER with an outstanding 40 points. Huge congratulations to Deb as she has come a long way over the past few years! The “Buddy Golf Programme” started in October 2013, it still proves to be successful & growing week by week. The results from Atherton are:

 Ladies 4th Place: Helen McCarthy 34 points

Ladies 3rd Place: Lorae ladru 34 points c/b

Ladies 2nd Place: Kathie Ferris 36 points

Ladies Winner: Deb Morison 40 points

 Men’s 4th Place: Greg Bell 36 points

Men’s 3rd Place: Kevin Steinke 37 points

Men’s 2nd Place: Billy Stewart 37 points c/b

Men’s Winner: Rob Bartlett 37 points c/b

 Well done guy’s & we shall try & make the next “Road Trip” sooner rather than later!