Golf club smashed but close to tee off

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

GOLF: The Proser­pine Golf Club may have been in­un­dated by rain dur­ing Cy­clone Deb­bie but mem­bers are hope­ful they will have the front nine open in the next week.

The club re­ported that 60–90cm of wa­ter went un­der the club­house and into the pro shop dur­ing the cy­clone.

There have also been a num­ber of trees down on the course with the dam­age un­able to be com­pletely as­sessed.

“Ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble will be done to make the club big­ger and bet­ter than ever” a state­ment on its Face­book page said.

Proser­pine Golf Club pro Kane Nuster­ling said the front nine was com­ing along nicely and they hoped to play soon.

“I be­lieve it is good and we are hope­ful the front nine will open within a week.

“We may have to get some pro­fes­sion­als to work on the back nine but most of the clean-up for the front nine is done,” he said.

The pro shop will move up­stairs while the bot­tom level is re­paired.

Green­keeper Rob Stan­ley said there was still a mam­moth task ahead to re­pair the whole course.

“We’ve been flat out. There’s a lot of safety is­sues, a lot of up­rooted trees,” he said.

“The staff here and a few vol­un­teers are get­ting rid of the tim­ber off the course and then we can come back in with our rough mow­ers and slash­ers to do the back nine.”

Mr Stan­ley said there would be a meet­ing with Golf Queens­land tonight to see what as­sis­tance they could pro­vide but he said he ad­mit­ted he had “no idea” when the back nine might be playable.

You can keep up to date on when the club is opened by fol­low­ing the Proser­pine Golf Shop Face­book page.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

UN­DER: The Proser­pine Golf Club was flooded dur­ing Cy­clone Deb­bie.

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