Col Smith at the Gympie Pines Golf Course.
Col Smith at the Gympie Pines Golf Course. Craig Warhurst

Golf club members come back

A YEAR from when the Gympie Pines Golf Club went into voluntary receivership, members are starting to return and the new-look Gympie Pines Golf Course is headed towards a prosperous future.

Course co-owner John Towler said the past 16 months were a period of “stability and controversy-free play” for members.

New owners took over the course in April last year.

Golf co-ordinator Col Smith said at the club’s height a couple of years ago there were about 450-plus members. With 390 now on the books, the numbers were “growing nicely”.

“I’m very pleased with the way things are going, there’s plenty of social players coming through.”

Mr Smith, who has been with the golf club since 1975, said the crisis started six years ago.

“I’ve seen good times and lean times.”

With new management taking over, things were looking up.

He has organised Friday and Sunday competitions to attract new players, and the course is starting to come back after January’s flood.

Mr Smith said it would take until spring before flood damage to greens near the creek were brought back to their former glory.

And icy mornings have made play at the course an exciting adventure with frost creating a slick and faster playing surface.

“It’s a bit of a challenge for the boys. Sunday morning it looked like snow all over the greens.”

Mr Towler said two new machines would be used to renovate the greens post-flood.

“As the playing numbers increase, the current management set-up will see the additional revenue directed to better greens.”

Gympie Times


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