Portland Golf Club to welcome quality dining in refurbished restaurant

EXCITING TIMES: Portland Golf Club president Bob Roberts is looking forward to the reopening of the Fairways Restaurant on June 30. Picture: HOSEA LUY
EXCITING TIMES: Portland Golf Club president Bob Roberts is looking forward to the reopening of the Fairways Restaurant on June 30. Picture: HOSEA LUY

Portland Golf Club is set to deliver a superior dining experience with the reopening of the Fairways Restaurant on Friday, June 30.

Club president Bob Roberts said he was looking forward to providing something different for the community.

"It'll be the first, what I would call, quality dining situation that we're going to get in Portland certainly in my lifetime here," Mr Roberts said.

The restaurant has been refurbished over the past six months and will feature improved lighting, furniture and decorations. 

Aside from boasting one of the top sand green golf courses in the state, the not-for-profit club will soon be able to take advantage of a kitchen brimming with new appliances.

"We should be able to serve a very good quality meal on time and in a nice decor," Mr Roberts said.

The family friendly restaurant will be managed by Portland local Aanya Whitehead, who has a background in film production, catering, customer service, cinema, and live shows.

“The golf club is a mainstay of the Portland community. The new restaurant will respect old traditions and serve a mixture of modern Australian and European cuisine,” Ms Whitehead said.

“We have a policy to source local produce, and provide generous, wholesome, nutritious, substantial and delicious dishes that will be cooked seasonally reflecting the rural countryside surrounding our historic and charming town.”

The Fairways Restaurant will introduce a fresh entertainment program on Saturday nights.

Saturday Night Live will showcase top local musicians playing a range of music including smooth jazz, Celtic Harp and beautiful mellow Folk, to add a special atmosphere to the whole dining experience.

The Fairways Restaurant will be open for dinner on Friday and Saturday as well as lunch and dinner on Sunday.

For patrons who dine in at the reopening on the Friday, June 30 a special surprise is in store for every person to celebrate the history of the golf club.

"Everybody is welcome, it's certainly not restricted to club members or even Portland locals," Mr Roberts said.

Saturday Night Live: July program

Saturday 1st July - Jazz Daiquiri Duo

Smooth, intoxicating Jazz, from Billy Holiday to Gershwin, Cole Porter and Jobim. Enjoy smouldering clarinet and smoky trumpet as we flirt with the days of prohibition and dive into the speakeasy, or take an exciting tour of Brazil’s beaches on the flute with Bossa Nova and Sambas from the pen of Antonio Carlos Jobim. Karl Javenig (guitar) and Martyn Cook (clarinet, flute and muted Miles Davis trumpet).

Saturday 8th July - Jazz Daiquiri Duo with Robyn Gordon

Adding to their smooth repertoire, female vocalist Robyn Gordon seduces your ears with her velvet jazz vocals. Classic jazz standards from the 1920s through to today.

Saturday July 15 and Saturday July 22 - Celtic Heart

Timeless Celtic music as well as some classical and contemporary favourites brought to you by Martyn Cook (Celtic harp) and Rebecca Daniel (violin). This duo has been astounding audiences wherever they play from the Blue Mountains to Bathurst. Both Martyn and Rebecca have a deep love for the Celtic repertoire and play with intuitive grace and sensitivity. Rebecca studied with the Royal Academy of Music in London and has played for the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.