Golf Club needs support

Regular golfer Rel Heckdorf tees off at the Narrandera Golf Club yesterday morning.

The Narrandera Golf Club is appealing to the local community to support its bid to attract funding under the Stronger Country Communities Fund for an irrigation system to improve the condition of its fairways.

While there has been a slight improvement in the conditions of the course fairways since the onset of the cooler weather and recent rainfall, on closer inspection the grass coverage consists mostly of tufts of winter grass with bare patches in between.

“The fairways look quite lush from a distance, but this is not the case,” said Golf Club President Jeff Osmond.

“However, it’s still better than the totally bare fairways that existed during the hot summer months,” he said. Mr Osmond said some more permanent relief would result if the Club’s application under the SCCF is finally approved.

This project is supported by the Narrandera Shire Council and is now being reviewed by the State Government before a final decision is made as to whether it is supported or not. It is understood that part of this review will include a survey which is aimed at measuring local public support for the project.

Mr Osmond urged the local community to provide a positive response to the survey to ensure the grant was successful.

“It is important that the Golf Club remains a viable facility to add to Narrandera’s large number of sports available for local participation and to attract short and long term visitors to the town.

“It is not only the course that needs to remain viable, but also the clubhouse which is used for many private functions throughout the year.

“We want to be a prominent partner in the financial and social aspect of the town and would appreciate the support of all community members who are included in any survey that may take place,” he said.

Mr Osmond added that any community member was invited to come along and try the game of golf and perhaps take up the sport on a competitive or social basis. Interested people should contact the club for further information.

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