Originally named Helensvale Bowls Club, there was only one green with the second built in the mid 80’s and the third in 2000. A small modest clubhouse had one bar and seating for approximately 100 people. When poker machines were first introduced in Queensland the Club purchased nine, and we now have a total of 210.
On the 24th April 1994 our General Manager Len Brunt was appointed, then in November Julie Brunt, Operations Manager, commenced after working voluntarily for six months. Together this husband and wife team worked tireless hours behind the bar and in the office marketing the Club to gain social members. In 1995 a bistro with budget meals was introduced and still continues today, seating 300 people and serving over 3000 meals per week. In the early years the Club was already well established as a bowls club, but with only six of the 248 total members as social members, the Club was to come alive in 1995. From bbqs, bingo and baby shows the Club had it all, and with high class entertainment and great meals, it soon became the social hub of Helensvale.
In 2009 Club Helensvale amalgamated with the North Gold Coast RSL Sub Branch. This resulted in the Sub Branch using Club Helensvale as their “clubhouse” for meetings and get-togethers. Due to this association Club Helensvale celebrates ANZAC Day with a dawn service, gunfire breakfast and game of Two-Up, and a small service on Remembrance Day. A memorial is located in “Remembrance Park” at the rear of the Club’s carpark.
The Club has undertaken a massive facelift over the last twenty years with seven different stages at the cost of $10.25 million. The bistro has been upgraded several times, the gaming room has been moved and renovated several times, the office has been in six different positions, as has the foyer, and new additions over the years include the bowler’s amenities block, the Punt Sports Bar, Café 22 and a new name and image for blu bistro. More recent developments commenced in 2014 with major renovations to the administration moving upstairs, a new porte cochere, staffroom and an extension to our gaming room to include an additional 60 gaming machines, a gaming bar and kitchenette. Future developments are now in the planning stage to increase car parking and of course, the clubhouse.
In 2004 the club adopted the name “Club Helensvale” with several “Club of the Year” awards through Bowls Queensland and “Best Bowls Clubs” awards from Clubs Queensland to follow. In 2009 we were inducted into the Clubs Queensland Hall of Fame for winning Best Bowls Club three years in a row.
We have had great success in lawn bowls hosting many premier events. The Club sponsors our high profile bowlers assisting them to achieve their best in their chosen sport. All our high profile bowlers have won many titles over the years including Commonwealth Games medals as follows:
GOLD Lynsey Armitage (Clarke) & Mark Casey
SILVER Ceri-Anne Davies
BRONZE Nathan Rice
SILVER Mark Casey & Brett Wilkie
SILVER Lynsey Clarke
BRONZE Nathan Rice & Brett Wilkie