HAVING A BALL: John and Lee Daley like nothing more than hitting the road with their caravan and seeing the sights of Australia.
HAVING A BALL: John and Lee Daley like nothing more than hitting the road with their caravan and seeing the sights of Australia.

Travelling couple keen for the long drives

RETIREMENT doesn't mean sitting in a house staring at four walls forever according to Yamba couple John and Lee Daley.

In fact, the only four walls John and Lee see on a regular basis are the walls of their caravan as they head off again on one of their golfing adventures around Australia and NSW.

The pair, now in their 70s, are part of a growing group of over 55s who spend a lot of the year following the NSW Veteran Golf tour.

They will spend a rare couple of weeks home now to run the Yamba Veterans Week of Golf - John is the director, and he, Lee and treasurer Jenny Muir form the organising for the event to be held from August 11 to 16.

"Yamba Veterans Week of Golf attracts in the vicinity of 220 golfers and another 20-30 non-playing wives and husbands to the district," Lee said.

"That's 250 people in the Clarence Valley for a week, keeping caravan parks and the golf club busy. Wednesday is a day off - a chance for them to take a trip around or go shopping.

"While attending the week of golf, players avail themselves of many of the sightseeing attractions in the Clarence Valley including visiting the nearby townships of Maclean, Iluka, Lawrence, Brushgrove and Ulmarra.

Yamba Golf and Country Club, situated in the centre of town, is unique as you can walk from your accommodation to the course which is very rare these days.

The golf course offers a challenging layout of undulating fairways, strategic bunker placements and greens that contain subtle breaks and contours.

This is a special year for the Yamba event, which is part of a North Coast circuit that allows golfers to move from town to town up the Coast from Newcastle through to the Queensland border.

"This is our 20th annual event," she said, adding they hope to make it something special.

The week starts with a meet and greet on the Sunday with events on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and culminating with a dinner and presentation on the Friday night.

Following the North Coast events, the golf action turns to the west with events from Mudgee, Dubbo out to Broken Hill, down to the Murray and back across the Riverina.

"We will be having a tag-a-long tour again this year for that trip - you don't have to do it alone," Lee said.

"We did it last year and we had eight people, two couples and eight single ladies. This year it looks like we could have anywhere from 12-16."

For John and Lee there is nothing better than hitching up the caravan meeting up with old friends and making new ones and playing golf.

"It's as much about the camaraderie as the golf," she explained.

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