Busi­ness­man gets cre­ative

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Jar­rod Lu­cas

Kal­go­or­lie busi­ness­man Dar­ren McBride has come up with a cre­ative way to over­come the down­turn in the re­tail mar­ket.

McBride’s Gar­den Cen­tre on Coven­try Street this week­end of­fi­cially opens a new nine­hole mini-golf course.

“It was a case of try­ing to think out­side the box and the more I thought about it, the more it made sense to me,” Mr McBride said.

“Ev­ery busi­ness in Kal­go­or­lie is look­ing for cus­tomers dur­ing the down­turn.

“Times have been tough for the past two years.

“This is another rev­enue stream but my way of think­ing is if I get more peo­ple in the store, I am at least half a chance of mak­ing a sale.”

This year marks 10 years since Mr McBride opened the busi­ness and the mini-golf course will al­low him to utilise low turnover ar­eas of the gar­den cen­tre, while low­er­ing wa­ter costs.

The avid golfer plays scroungers each Thurs­day at the Kal­go­or­lie Golf Course and has been the butt of jokes from friends sug­gest­ing the new in­no­va­tion is just an ex­cuse to work on his putting at work.

“If I can’t sink a putt I am go­ing to cop it,” he quipped.

Each hole has a gar­den theme. For ex­am­ple, the first hole is called “Fenced In” as a white picket fence is among the ob­sta­cles.

Other holes in­clude “Go­ing Potty”, “Hedge Your Bets” and “Foul Play” where golfers will have to ne­go­ti­ate some chick­ens.

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Pic­ture: Louise White

Dar­ren McBride is open­ing a mini-golf course.

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