A decade ago, the Horsham Golf Bowls Club was little more than a tin shed.
Members gathered around a wooden counter masquerading as a bar, while a sink rested on four ragged legs collected dust in the corner.
You couldn't get inside the "clubroom" to grab a drink from the fridge. Nor was there much relief from the summer sun.
How times have changed.
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The club now possesses one of the best greens in the region, framed by shelters and trees to create a bowler's dream.
A slick clubroom keeps watch over the action, its walls decorated with accolades and mementoes of a testing past.
Success has naturally followed, and now Horsham Golf sits just one win away from its first Division 1 premiership in 43 years.
"First of all, it certainly makes you proud just to put this building here," club president Ken Walters said from the newly-renovated clubrooms.
"Then you get the green, the surrounds, the shelters and the seats. It's just put so much interest into the club. I couldn't even tell you how much.
"Then you get the flow-ons, you see.
"We're in the grand final with the ones. It's almost a dream come true."
Horsham Golf came out of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires with only a scorched green and burnt hedge; a remarkable result given the neighbouring golf club was completely gutted.
Though, a lot of work needed to be done before the club evolved into what stands there now.
In 2017, valued club member and Horsham sporting stalwart Jeff Sprunt left a generous donation to the club on his passing.
The donation allowed the club to install a new synthetic green, erect shelters and redevelop the clubhouse.
"Without his (donation), we would have nothing," Walters said.
"We wouldn't be here. There probably wouldn't be a club even.
"(Jeff) devoted himself to everything but himself. He just passed away too early.
"I mean, it would be great if he could come back and see what he's created, but we can't do that, sadly.
"That's why I've put so much effort in myself. I just feel that he deserves to get a good result for giving us the (donation)."
Horsham Golf meets Horsham City in the Division 1 grand final at Natimuk this weekend.
"There are blokes playing in the ones at the moment who in their wildest dreams never thought they'd be playing in a premiership," Walters said.
"That's just what can happen - success can flow onto success."
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