Clubs fear for membership if new course goes ahead
WITH plans for a proposed 18-hole championship golf course and clubhouse on the cards for Culburra Beach (NSW), other local clubs are concerned about the impact it may have on their memberships, reported the South Coast Register. Head golf professional at Worrigee Links, Robert Nancarrow said there was already a saturation of courses in the Shoalhaven. “We’ve been here six years and have struggled to get members,” he said.
He attributed the difficulty to an increase to demographics, noting the course tended to attract a smattering of golfers from throughout the Shoalhaven, as opposed to from one concentrated area. Mr Nancarrow said Worrigee Links had members from the Culburra Beach area and if there was another course built, they might not necessarily stay at Worrigee. He believed a new course would impact all the other clubs in the area. “Everyone is battling to get members,” he said.
Nowra Golf Club secretary manager Michael Walker agreed their club may lose some members if the plan went ahead, but noted there could be positives. “It may bring tourists to the area and social golfers who might come and play on our course. From a business point of view, we probably don’t need another one, but if it brings in tourists, they will more often than not play on more than one course,” he said.