Fam­ily-friendly golf club scene

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Jack­son Lavell-Lee

Duns­bor­ough Golf Club is gear­ing up for a busy sum­mer, with new pro Matt Criss tip­ping a com­mu­nity fo­cus to im­prove lo­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“This club is go­ing through a tran­si­tion at the mo­ment, and to be a part of re­build­ing it is ex­cit­ing,” he said.

The young pro fin­ished his golf­ing trainee­ship in 2010 and then played on the es­teemed Euro­pean cir­cuit.

Asked how the Duns­bor­ough Lakes course com­pared to those greens, Criss said it was “world class”.

“We only have four greens staff and what they do is in­cred­i­ble,” he said.

“The lay­out and the greens are the best in the South West.”

Hav­ing re­cently run Col­lier Park Golf Club in Como as golf op­er­a­tions man­ager, he said the tran­si­tion to Duns­bor­ough felt like the high­light of his ca­reer. “I have three kids, a tod­dler and two baby twins, and I think there is no bet­ter place for them,” he said.

That fam­ily-friendly at­mos­phere was some­thing that he wished to make more wel­com­ing to golfers who don’t feel com­fort­able with the sport’s more strict tra­di­tions.

“You don’t need to be a pro. Get down in board­ies and T-shirt and stick around for a drink,” he said.

Pic­ture: Jack­son Lavell-Lee

Matt Criss.

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