Surrounded by spectacular tropical scenery at the majestic Mirage Fairview Lounge (In the Country Club above the golf club across the highway from the Mirage Hotel), a diverse group of players of all standards has been enjoying relaxed Bridge for several years.
There are three groups of people who play bridge at our club:
The permanents who are here all year, rain, cyclone and shine and play virtually every Tuesday - a small group of hardies,
The seasonals who flee the winters of the southern states and the Land of the Long White Cloud,
The sporadics who escape their home turf for shorter periods.
In typical Far Northern fashion our emphasis has always been on fun and friendship rather than results.
Because of the diverse club origins of our many, and always welcome, visitors we have found it useful to provide comment on the values which describe our club and which may differ from those clubs where you play most of your bridge.
We know that many clubs have rigorous protocols that, when breached, call for the intercession of the Director. Several of us play at these clubs when we return to our home states.
For us, bridge is not a blood sport.
While recognising and adhering to bidding conventions and the usual strictures on table talk, and triumphalism, Port Douglas Bridge Club above all values enjoyment, politeness and mutual respect.
We welcome players of all levels.
We do not give lessons but can provide suggestions for those wishing to take up this amazing game.
If you do not have a partner we can usually find one for you.
As this is primarily a social club, we do not have an official director, are not affiliated with any bridge association and green points cannot be earned.
You are encouraged to join us for drinks at the completion of play and meet other players in a convivial atmosphere. Your non-playing spouses or partners are welcome too.
Occasionally you will be surprised by our lack of formality. We ask that you embrace this element of the Port Douglas culture.
Bridge takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays
at 1.30 pm throughout the year.
The number of tables typically varies from two to ten.
Games are held in a spacious private room above the
Mirage Golf club in Port Douglas.