Our early days

A Master Builders’ Association of S.A Golf Committee, consisting of Chairman Bert Baulderstone, Paul Dalwood, Jack Horton–Evins and Hugh Docker, was created in 1957 to organise golf matches between Members and Associates of the Master Builders’ Association. Fifty two players took part in the Committee’s inaugural Golf Day on 27 September 1957 at Kooyonga Golf Club

The Golf Committee became a permanent section of the South Australian Master Builders’ Association and began holding annual golf days.

Other Master Builders’ Associations interstate were also holding regular games for their members. In 1958 Bert Baulderstone proposed that an interstate Golf Tournament be held annually between member states of the Master Builders Federation of Australia to compete for the M. R. Hornibrook Cup, named in honour of Manuel Richard Hornibrook, a life member of the Master Builders Federation and a keen golfer. The first tournament, over 2 days, was played in Melbourne in 1959 between South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.

Almost 60 years later the South Australian Master Builders Association Golf Club continues to give its members and associates the opportunity to play golf with colleagues at various prestigious golf courses in South Australia and interstate.

Local Competitions

The Club has progressed from holding annual golf days to hosting 6 -8 local competitions during the year with the first game at Victor Harbor Golf Club, and the final game at Kooyonga Golf Club.

The remaining games are held at courses including Royal Adelaide, Grange and Glenelg. A light lunch is provided at each game and there is the opportunity for socialising after the games.

Visitors are welcome. They do not need a golf handicap to play.

Members must have an official handicap (GolfLink Number) to play in the local competitions.

Annual Interstate Competition

One of the highlights for members of the MBA Golf Club’s year continues to be the interstate tournament for the M. R Hornibrook Cup, which the Club won for the first time in 1960. The tournament has grown since its inception and now teams from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Newcastle, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia rotate hosting the annual competition

The competition program includes a welcome dinner on Sunday; games on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; R&R on Wednesday, with the host team organising a daytime outing, and the final game on Thursday followed by a presentation Dinner that night.

South Australia has a strong record in the competition, including four consecutive wins in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Only members can play in the Hornibrook competition.

Prizes and trophies

In the local competitions teams compete for a 4BBB prize and individual prizes are awarded to the best performing players on a Stableford handicap system. A perpetual trophy is awarded to the best player on handicap in the local competitions at the annual presentation dinner.

A perpetual trophy is also awarded at the dinner to the best performing player on handicap in the annual Hornibrook Tournament.


Currently there are 40 members in South Australia. The committee of 8, presided over by MBA member Peter Ewen, meets regularly.

The Club welcomes new members with a GolfLink number.

Come along and join our members for great golf on some great courses, socialising and networking.

Find more information from the Secretary at jovarch@bigpond.net.au or from the Next Event page of this site.



Many thanks to all our sponsors who have helped to make the club a success.

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