Gympie Pines lose course lease
GYMPIE Pines Golf Club members are now officially with out a golf course to play on after the Gympie Pines committee and the owners of the course failed to reach a lease agreement on the course this week.
But owners of the course, Golf Residential Gympie (GRG), said it would be business as usual for golfers, saying they were turning the facility into a public golf course.
GRG board member John Towler who is also president of the Gympie Pines Golf Club, said people would still be able to play golf, get a drink at the club house and all pre-existing bookings would be honoured.
“We (GRG) are continuing to support Pat Jones (golf professional) and his juniors,” Mr Towler said.
“All existing junior players will be allowed to play for free and will be members of a newly-formed club.”
He said current senior members would have a period of grace until mid April, but would then have to pay $33 a month in fees.
The Gympie Pines Golf Club had been struggling with their finances for some time.
The club’s committee set about raising money to pull the club out of the red in January this year by asking 40 members to pay five years’ fees in advance.
Club members came on board pledging money to save the club.
Mr Towler said the money was put in trust and could only be used if certain conditions could be met. Unfortunately the two parties couldn’t agree.
“GRG had concerns about the ability of the club to pay the rent and didn’t renew the lease,” Mr Towler said.
Mr Towler’s brother Michael is one of the directors of GRG and made the call not to renew the lease.
“It was just a business decision concerning the stability of the club,” Mr Towler said.
GRG has already let out the top floor of the club house to the Gympie RSL.
Mr Towler said the RSL would be the major tenant and would run the entire top floor of the club house as a function house and continue to ensure the delivery of alcohol and the liquor licence.