Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke visited Harden Country Club recently to see first-hand what a difference a $432,000 grant will make to the region’s golfers.
The Club is using the funding to upgrade its sprinkler system on the golf course, which is old and in need of replacement.
James Cantrill, treasurer of Harden Country Club, described the challenges the maintenance staff have with the current sprinklers. “At the moment we have an irrigation system which is very dated and run down, and a lot of the sprinkler heads are not quite working how they should,” Mr Cantrill said.
“This funding will have a dramatic impact on how well the course can be maintained – at the moment it’s a labour-intensive task, with sprinklers having to be manually turned on or off. The new system we are installing can be controlled from a smartphone.”
The Club is installing the new system on the tees and greens, which will have an effect on more than just the grass. “If we can have a golf course that’s green all year round, it will perhaps lead to a membership increase,” Mr Cantrill said. Ms Cooke said visitors would also enjoy the improvements to the course. “Playing any sport in a new location is always an enjoyable way to spend a weekend, so what better way to entice visitors than with a golf course that boasts top-quality greens?” Ms Cooke said.
“This boost benefits not only local club members, but also the tourism industry here in Harden – visitors need a bed to sleep on and restaurants to dine in, and that’s great news for the economy.”
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