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  • JSGC (D) Club History | JSGC Dhekelia

    JSGC (D) History JOINT SERVICES GOLF CLUB (DHEKELIA) CLUB & OPEN HISTORY (Taken from the 1989 Cyprus Open Golf Championship Souvenir Programme, the year of John O’Rourke’s Captaincy) When Major Franks RE and his engineers first cut their way through the hills and wadis of the E.S.B.A. in 1964, in order to provide a semblance of a golf course, he, as an enthusiastic golfer, was well pleased with the result. Here, at last, was a convenient place where the Royal and Ancient game could be played, albeit in different conditions to that which is normally experienced. Here were elevated mat tees fixed on the slopes of the hills looking down mimosa lined valleys to browns of oil and sand spread over concrete bases, dogleg holes marked with eucalyptus and conifers, scattered olives and carobs, and a subtle change of geography from the never easy flat terrain near the firing range to the hard head down slog of the back nine holes. The toil and seat of those architects is reflected today as a determined players endeavour to master the course. Twenty five years ago golfing facilities on the island of Cyprus were rather meagre. A few flat uninteresting holes existed at Nicosia near to the British High Commissionand adjacent to what is now the Turkish line. A pleasant nine hole course had also been constructed years ago at Pendayia, near Morphou, by the Cyprus Mines Corporation. This was a beautiful situation on the coastline surrounding the Company’s cottage hospital Fairways lined with bright bushes of azalias and oleanders, excellent consistent browns, and a small attractive clubhouse. Ideal for a day’s golf outing and very popular until the local political situation put it out of reach. Potatoes now grow where divots were once taken. Later came the unique 18 hole location at Tunnel Beach, Episkopi in the W.S.B.A. which provided a links type course. Then came the development of the RAF course at the Princess Mary Hospital, Akrotiri, and more recently the nine holes at Ayios Nikolaos on the Famagusta side of the E.S.B.A. Today, the services are well provided with varied conditions throughout the island to satisfy both beginners and accomplished players. The Clubhouse at Dhekelia first stood at the point of a bluff overlooking the “Snake”, the main Famagusta to Larnaca road, with excellent views over the course and Larnaca Bay. Due to land slippage this had to be demolished in 1972. A replacement clubhouse was then constructed on the edge of the escarpment behind York Village. Over the years since its inauguration, a tremendous amount of work has been carried out to improve the conditions on the course. On working days, lorries, preceding lines of volunteers, were regularly filled with stones and debris. The amphitheatre of the 16th “Nunnery” hole was attacked with flamethrowers to eliminate the nests of snakes, obvious long term residents. Recent work initiated by the Chairman and the introduction of water to the 12th, 16th and 17th give the course fifteen very good grass fairways. During the 70’s the man responsible for changing the face of the course was undoubtedly “Ross Clunis”, ex-Colonial Chief of Police and a dedicated golfer. Ross had produced a small course as early as the 1930’s on what is now the Larnaca International Airport. His obsession with water and grass first produced aprons and eventually in 1978 some excellent fairways which now stand as a token to his hard work and determination. The 14th hole christened “Clunis Creation” is a sure memorial of his efforts. The Cyprus Open Golf Championships were first organised in the 1930’s. It was then a match knockout event held at Nicosia and competitors from the British Colonial Administration and Garrison Units around the island travelled by horse or on the narrow gauge railway from Famagusta, a journey which took a whole day, to meet their opponents. Later the event moved to Pentayia and continued annually until 1974. By 1977 the standard of playing conditions at Dhekelia had improved so much that the Club were not embarrassed in asking for the sponsorship of a genuine Cyprus Open Golf Championship. Currently the Benson & Hedges Cyprus Open event is held each April over 54 holes and is recognised as the main golfing attraction, competitors coming in from the UK, Middle East, and Gulf State areas. The design, location and varying conditions at Dhekelia certainly provide a constant challenge to the most experienced and practised golfer. Over the past twenty five years several thousand service and civilian enthusiasts have accepted the challenge. Most have moved on to other postings and many have retired. The challenge will continue until the last putt has dropped.

  • Contact Us | JSGC Dhekelia

    Contact Us JSGC (D) ​Dhekelia Garrison BFPO 58 Tel: +357 99533634 Send Your details were sent successfully!

  • Home | JSGC Dhekelia

    Become a Member Competition Sign Up 2023/24 Fixtures Welcome to JSGC(D) the traditional home of Service Golf in Eastern Cyprus. The Course is situated within the confines of Dhekelia Station on the Eastern Sovereign Base Area and as such is not open to the general public. Membership is targeted at the SBA British military community and those entitled MOD or UK based civilians working within the SBA. By permission of the HQ BFC the club is also able to offer Membership to a limited number of Non Entitled players who are primarily Service Veterans along with a number of other members, mainly from the British expat community. The course is a full 18 holes, measuring 5587 yards off the Men’s Yellow tees, and 5010 yards from the Ladies Red tees and Mens Forward Tees. We are affiliated to the Cyprus Golf Federation (CGF) and operate under the European Golf Association (EGA) Handicap System. In 2016 the course had Artificial Grass putting surfaces laid and extensive work on irrigation and grass seeding in order to have a good quality fairway approach area. The course presents all levels of golfer with a challenge whilst enjoying some fantastic views across Larnaca Bay and with the added benefit of a vibrant 19th Hole. Captain's Ramblings New Golf Rules (2019) Other Club's Entry Forms Captain JSGC (D)

  • Memberships | JSGC Dhekelia

    Become a Member ​ Memberships applications for 2021-2022 are linked below. Fees are ONLY payable in Euro – UK sterling cheques will NOT be accepted. ​ ​ Entitled Application Form 2023/24 Non - Entitled Application Form 2023/24 Pass Application / Renewal The Documents below explain the process that needs to be followed to apply for or renew your Station Pass. Required Documents ​ Security Questionaire ​ Application for CRC check JOIN US

  • 2023/2024 Fixtures | JSGC Dhekelia

    JSGC (D) 2023/24 Fixtures

  • Other Club Entry Forms | JSGC Dhekelia

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  • File Share | JSGC Dhekelia

    Files & Folders Item name Last updated Views Favorites Contributors JSGC D Minutes 1 item private access This folder can only be accessed by specific site members. May 11, 2022 0 P pegos9 Item

  • Draws, Results & HCaps | JSGC Dhekelia

    JSGC D Draws Results and Handicaps Results Draws Handicaps Order of Merit / Golfer of the Year Dhekelia Course Playing Handicap Tables Other Clubs Results and Draws JSGC E (Results) JSGC E (Draws) ANGC (Results) ANGC (Draws) Aphrodite Hills (Results) Aphrodite Hills (Draws) Secret Valley (Results) Secret Valley (Draws) CGF Results CGF Draws

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