- Dan Andrews was kicked out of an elite golf club
- He tried to join the Portsea Golf Club in Melbourne
- However, members remain furious with him
Daniel Andrews suffered an embarrassing defeat after the tragic golfer was blocked from joining one of Melbourne’s most elite clubs by angry members.
The former Victorian premier’s companion, Max Beck, made a subtle approach to Portsea Golf Club executives to ask if Andrews could join him.
However, Andrews was told in no uncertain terms that his chances of joining were non-existent, with early suggestions that he would not even be given the chance to apply for membership.
There remains a lot of anger on the Mornington Peninsula over Andrews’ metropolitan lockdowns during the Covid pandemic, which included the area despite being 70km from Melbourne’s CBD.
“No, they haven’t forgiven him,” said former professional golfer Mark Allen.
Dan Andrews was barred from joining an elite golf club in Melbourne
Andrews, a keen golfer, tried to join Portsea Golf Club but was refused.
“They haven’t forgiven him and I can tell you this: Friday evening at the Sorrento Hotel, we talked about the area and to the point where not only Portsea members, but also members of other clubs were saying that s If he tried to register anywhere here, they just won’t let him register.
“Well, remember, on one side of the peninsula they could play and they could move to the other side of the peninsula, they weren’t allowed to play.
“Once there is overwhelming consensus, it’s very easy to put a black line over their name,” he said.
Andrews’ friend, real estate baron Beck, denounced the members’ “petty” attitude.
“I can’t believe how narrow-minded people can be,” Mr. Beck said.
“This is just a guy who wants to play golf and enjoy the rest of his life. It’s ridiculous.
“He worked hard for the state with his beliefs.
“I’m very disappointed, but we’ll just see whether the (Portsea Golf Club) committee takes into account his political beliefs or his personality and his ability as a golfer – those are the two things they should assess him on.”