Cairns GC re­wards mem­bers

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LOYAL mem­bers of the Cairns Golf Club in Far North Queens­land re­ceived a nice post-christ­mas present from the club.

Club pres­i­dent Paul Chirio said the golf club’s board had agreed to re­duce mem­ber­ship fees for 2012 by al­most three per cent.

In ad­di­tion, there would be fur­ther dis­counts if mem­bers paid their an­nual fees early.

Seven-day mem­bers who chose to pay their fees early had their fees re­duced to $750 – a sav­ing of around 7.5 per cent.

“Our golf club is blessed with mem­bers that have been ex­tremely loyal over a long pe­riod of time,” Chirio said.

“I don’t think mem­bers are recog­nised enough by golf clubs.

“The trend for golf club mem­ber­ship across Australia seems to be de­clin­ing and, in our area, we have suf­fered the prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with ex­treme weather con­di­tions putting pres­sure on our fi­nances.

“When times are tough, the stan­dard re­ac­tion is to ask the mem­bers to bear much of the fi­nan­cial pain.

“But when times are good, they don’t ac­tu­ally do the re­verse for the mem­bers.

“Our mem­bers don’t ex­pect that, but we wanted to re­pay mem­bers’ loy­alty.

“I think golf clubs ev­ery­where need to start recog­nis­ing that more.

“I am not sure how of­ten this would hap­pen at any golf club, but it is a new con­cept for the Cairns Golf Club.

“We are tak­ing a dif­fer­ent ap­proach and it will be in­ter­est­ing to see the re­sults at our 2012 an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.”

The club has also recog­nised mem­bers over the age of 75 who have more than 25 years’ con­tin­u­ous mem­ber­ship.

The club stal­warts will now re­ceive full mem­ber­ship for just $150.

“By us re­duc­ing the fees of the older mem­bers, I am sure that is go­ing to main­tain their con­nec­tion with the golf club for a lot longer than it would have if we didn’t do that,” Chirio said.

Es­tab­lished in 1923, Cairns Golf Club is lo­cated just a few min­utes from the CBD.

Chirio said the golf course was in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion and con­tin­ued to at­tract pos­i­tive com­ments from mem­bers and vis­i­tors alike.

The pic­turesque 18- hole cham­pi­onship golf course, which stretches to 6159m for men and 5582m for women, is set among trop­i­cal sur­rounds and spec­tac­u­lar moun­tain back­drops.

Over the years, the club has hosted sev­eral big tour­na­ments in­clud­ing the Cairns Clas­sic, which was a key event on the Von Nida Tour.

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