The reconfigured Avoca Beach Bowling Club has been a hit over the summer with the venue now preparing for a successful winter football season centred around its refurbished sports bar. The $400,000 fitout was incorporated as part of a larger extension that wrapped up late last year for the NSW Central Coast club.
“With the renovations coming to an end in early December ’22, we saw an immediate uplift in trade and with Christmas right around the corner there was only a short time for us to get prepared for the holiday season,” said Venue Manager Scott Galloway.
“The holidays then brought record numbers into the venue and being at Avoca we do see some regular yearly tourists who were totally blown away from the changes made.”
The refurbishment was part of a commitment parent club Wyong Leagues undertook after Avoca merged several years ago.
“Our aim here was to exceed expectations which appears to have been the case,” Galloway says. “We have received nothing but praise for Wyong Leagues Club management for investing in the future of our venue. We have seen growth over the holiday period and can see the benefits of the vision coming to reality.
“One thing we did see much more of are patrons from neighbouring suburbs popping in to check out the changes we have made, and this has led to a big influx of memberships and enquiries about how far our courtesy bus travels.
“Our members are excited to see what the rest of 2023 has in store for us.”
The addition of a large airconditioned playground area has also seen families return to the venue and with The Terrace right outside, that offers parents and grandparents peace of mind while children play either in the playground or on the new family-friendly synthetic green.
Also enjoying rejuvenation is the Avoca Bowlo’s Sports Bar with walls featuring national sporting heroes alongside shots by local surf photographer David Benson. Read all about the Best New Sports Bars in the next Winter edition of Club Management Magazine.