Harden Country Club looks to hold major events after irrigation system grant

Harden Country Club board member James Cantrill, Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke and General Manager Chris Longbottom.
Harden Country Club board member James Cantrill, Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke and General Manager Chris Longbottom.
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The Harden Country Club will look to hold more major golf tournaments thanks to a $432, 000 NSW Government grant.

The grant is providing a state-of-the-art computerized irrigation system for the Club’s golf course.

Harden Country Club General Manager Chris Longbottom said the irrigation system will enable the Club to build on its already successful golf tournament offering. “We’ve already got a large event which is very successful every year, the Australian 2-Person Ambrose,” Mr Longbottom said.

“That event alone brings 200 golfers to Harden, so when we have the golf course in better shape for a longer period of time during the year, we can hold larger and more successful events. We can look at holding a professional tournament or a pro-am, or larger amateur events and we will be working with the South West District Golf Association to get larger events here to Harden.”

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke visited the Club recently to learn about the future plans. “Once this new system is up and running, Harden Country Club will be able to keep its tees and greens in top condition,” Ms Cooke said.

“The original system was not water or energy efficient and it also required members to do a lot of manual watering, whereas this system can be set on a timer or it can be controlled from a smartphone. Having a course in top condition means the Club can hold more tournaments and attract players from not only the Harden region, but also further afield such as Canberra. This means a welcome inflow of tourism dollars, boosting the local economy and increasing job security.”

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