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Social Clubs In Papua New Guinea
Updated on: June 7, 2022, 5:56 a.m.
Published on: October 19, 2021, 1:56 a.m.

Social Clubs In Papua New Guinea

Social and sporting clubs are a long-standing tradition in PNG. Clubs offer a chance for Papua New Guinea residents to meet, socialise and enjoy shared passions; from squash, golf, snooker, tennis, yachting, and just enjoying a drink with friends, PNG’s clubs offer something for everyone.

Aviat Sporting And Social Club

  • Individual: K1,900 per annum, plus K750 nomination fee
  • Family: K3,290 per annum, plus K1,300 nomination fee
  • Note that Aviat will invoice on a pro-rata basis for the remaining months of the year.
  • Opening Hours: 10am to midnight Daily

Established in 1948, the Aviat Sporting and Social  Club is a family-friendly club catering to sports lovers and those seeking a relaxed time socialising in friendly surroundings. The club is extremely welcoming of families and provides a fantastic pool, kids playground, and regular events for kids - such as movie nights. 

The club hosts a range of additional member events, including wine tasting, trivia nights, Christmas in July, snooker competitions, Sunday afternoon BBQ, and Friday night football on the big screen.

Member facilities include:

  • Swimming Pool
  • 2 Squash Courts
  • 2 Tennis Courts
  • 2 Snooker Tables
  • Bar (air-conditioned)
  • Restaurant
  • Poker machines
  • Garden bar

Royal Papua Yacht Club

  • Website: www.rpyc.com.pg 
  • How to Apply for Membership: Download the membership form from the RPYC website. All applications require a nominator and a seconder who are existing financial (voting) members.
  • Membership Costs (2021 year): 

Various forms of membership are available:

  • Single: K3,300 including initial nomination fee)
  • Family: K4,300 including initial nomination fee)
  • Cadet: K145
  • Gymnasium: K300
  • Opening Hours: 8am to 11pm Daily

The Royal Papua Yacht Club (RPYC), established in 1921, is located in Konedobu, a few minutes from the Port Moresby CBD. The club’s key feature is a 256 berth marina which can accommodate boats up to 30 meters in length. RPYC also has various intra-clubs to suit water enthusiasts, including game fishing, junior sailing and water skiing.

The RPYC is not just for boating; the club is a central meeting spot for tight-knit international residents. Members enjoy a range of amenities, including a bar, popular restaurant (MacDhui), beer garden, Sails Café, Children’s Splash Park, a well-equipped gym, and even onsite laundry facilities for those living on their boat! 

The venue is also popular for private and corporate events, with a maximum capacity for over 400 guests and a stunning view over the marina. There is a wide range of activities to engage members, including kids discos, pool competitions, arts and craft markets, and social events. 

Royal Port Moresby Golf Club

    • Website: www.royalpomgolf.com 
    • How to Apply for Membership: Download the membership form from the RPMCG website. All applications require a proposer and a seconder who are existing financial (voting) members.
  • Membership Costs (Accurate for 2020): 
Category Entrance Fee Annual Subscription Half Year
Full Playing K2,000 K3,600 K1,800
Family K2,000 K5,380 K2,690
Midweek K2,000 K2,700 K1,350
Overseas N/A K1,210 N/A
Social K490 K920 N/A
Social Spouse N/A K190 N/A
Junior 6 to 18 K130 K290 N/A

Operating Hours: Golf Course: Weekdays 8am to 5pm, Weekends 6am to 5pm. Club: Weekdays 8am to 10pm, Weekends 6am to 11pm. Driving Range: 8am to 9pm, 7 days a week.

The Royal Port Moresby Golf Club (RPMCG) has been in existence since 1930 and hosts the Papua New Guinea Open. The club boasts an 18 hole championship golf course, eight-bay covered driving range with solar lighting until 9pm, and a short-game practise facility with a putting green and chipping greens.

For keen golfers living in Port Moresby, the RPMGC is a golfer's dream. The world-class championship course is located just 15 minutes from the Port Moresby CBD and provides enough challenges for seasoned professionals while it is also welcoming for beginners. The course has an abundance of water traps, and in keeping with the ‘land of the unexpected’, golfers must not get too close as crocodiles reside in these pools! The club offers a range of competitions, from corporate sponsored events, club and national championships, and club pennant competitions.

After a round of golf, members and guests may use the changing and locker rooms and then head to the Hideout Café for a cold beer, food and pokies (slot machines) room. There is also a range of social events for members to enjoy.  

Other Sports Clubs in PNG

Port Moresby has several other clubs to satisfy the hobbies and leisure activities of residents. These include: 

  • Non-member court fees - K40.00
Category Description Full Year Half Year
Exclusive Family Family including kids up to 18 years (exclu court light fees) K2,400 K1,500
Exclusive Single Court fees included (exclu court light fees) K1,700 K1,000
Family excluding court and light fees K400 K300
Single Adult excluding court and light fees K260 K200
Juniors/ Students excluding court and light fees K100 K50
Social No voting & office-bearer rights (non-member court fees) K130 K65
Country M/Ship Residing 100km away from POM K130 K65

The Port Moresby Racquet Club has been operating since the 1970s and provides a popular venue for squash and tennis players to play, whether in social gatherings or competitive levels.The courts were rebuilt for the 2015 Pacific Games and provide quality synthetic grass surfaces to play on.

Located along Bava Street, Boroko; the club attracts members from across the city and even outside of city limits to the club every day. The club is bustling in the evenings with kids training sessions after school and social matches for the 9-5 workers into the night. Other social events are hosted at the club welcoming everyone to take part in a family-friendly setting.