Clubs fear for mem­ber­ship if new course goes ahead

Inside Golf - - Industrynews -

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.

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