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Sport & Racing

5 August, 2020

Tee off for 'drought-proofing' project

Facelift possibly saves golf club $3 million dollars

By Morgan Burley

TEE OFF: The Emerald Golf Club is installing a pipeline to make their course 'drought proof', following a lack of recent rainfall.

EMERALD GOLF CLUB’S facelift has possibly saved it $3 million in the long term.

Club past president Peter Bailey said a pipeline from the third hole to hole 11 is being installed to take overflowing dam water to a holding tank that will connect to the club’s irrigation system.

“Because of the lack of rainfall and no water allocation from Sunwater, we were forced to find water from somewhere else,” Mr Bailey said.

“The Central Highlands Regional Council said we could use water from the dam, so this is our long term strategy to keeping our course open for play and drought proof.

“We’re the only 18-hole course on the Central Highlands, and if we don’t start this project now, we’re going to lose our greens and tees, and it could cost up to $3 million to have it all rectified down the roach, which we certainly want to avoid.”

Club members and guests are able to play on all holes of the course with zero interruptions from the ongoing constructions.

During the forced Covid-19 closure of the club earlier this year, club manager Susan Heenan said it provided an opportunity to complete necessary renovations.

“The men’s toilets were in dire need of work, so that was really fantastic to get that work done,” she said.

“Running a golf course does make it difficult to find a time when the toilets aren’t being used to complete the work.

“We re-tiled the bathroom, upgraded the disabled toilets and replaced the urinals with waterless urinals, which is an addition drive to saving water.”

Mrs Heenan said staff on JobKeeper were able to stay employed by helping with the renovations,  saving the club additional money without the regular income of golfers.

“We were really working on a shoe string, so we were able to utilise some of our staff with repainting the bar and pricing it up a bit,” she said.

“The staff were fantastic in their approach to giving the bar a bit of a facelift, and it was great to have their help.”

Construction around the Emerald Golf Club will continue into the coming months, with more details accessible on the Facebook page.

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