HORSHAM Golf Club threw open the doors of its new $5.2 million clubhouse on Sunday.
The club hosted a gala dinner for 280 people on Saturday night before the official opening on Sunday.
The former clubhouse was destroyed during the Black Saturday bushfires.
Lady president Judy Krahe said the gala showcased the new clubhouse, which includes conference and function rooms, staff offices and the Blue Wren Bistro.
“People seemed really impressed with the amount of space we have and the amount of people we were able to seat comfortably,” she said.
“For a lot of our new staff, it was also the first chance for them to try out their new skills and it just worked very well.
“Everyone was so pleased with how it went because it was a culmination of everybody’s efforts up until this point.”
Former Hawthorn Football Club player Ben Dixon spoke at the gala, while Brandi Galpin and Jarrod Priestly performed a song about the club’s struggles after the bushfires.
Miss Krahe said the song, written by Judy Hazleden, was a touching tribute.
“The song was all about the golf club, the fires and what our members have been through,” she said.
“The lyrics really capture what we have been through in the last four years and seven months.
“We even had the 280 people join in the chorus of the song.”
Miss Krahe said the clubhouse would be an important community asset.
“We have been so caught up in the excitement of the opening that next week will be a good chance for us to reflect on what we have achieved and consider what our next move is,” she said.
“It gives not only our club members but the community the spirit to continue on in the face of diversity.”