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Coffs Coast Gold Congress History

The Coffs Coast Gold Congress was conceived in 2003 by members of the Coffs Harbour Bridge Club, as a “boutique Super Congress” to be held in a holiday resort in the Coffs Harbour winter, when the weather is dry and warm. With the imprimatur of the ABF and the NSWBA, the first congress was held in 2004 at Nautilus resort, north of Coffs Harbour. 46 teams attended. In 2005 attendance had increased to capacity for the resort, and in 2006 the congress was moved to Opal Cove Resort. Attendance continued to increase, and the quality of the field became high enough to attract Gold Point status from the parent organisation.

The prize money is as attractive as anywhere in Australia and is applied to different categories – thus the congress caters for all levels of play.

In 2012, 106 teams competed which was capacity for the venue and the committee of management decided to cap the numbers at that level in the future, rather than fracture the congress into two separate venues. The quality of competition, and the strength of the field continue their upward momentum.