Golf club’s rich win at tourism awards

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - By Lach­lan Durl­ing

RICH River Golf Club was crowned one of the best tourist at­trac­tions in the state of NSW at the NSW Tourism Awards on Novem­ber 22.

At a cer­e­mony in Syd­ney, the club took home sil­ver in the tourist at­trac­tions sec­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Whit­tled down from a group of eight, lo­ca­tions were judged on a range of cri­te­ria, with the top spot go­ing to the Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion of NSW for Sealy Look­out.

Rich River Golf Club chief ex­ec­u­tive Shane Gloury said club staff were un­sure what to ex­pect head­ing up to the cer­e­mony.

‘‘We went up to Syd­ney not know­ing — we were one of eight fi­nal­ists and as they were count­ing down to the fi­nal­ist we were thrilled to hear we were an­nounced at sec­ond,’’ he said.

‘‘I be­lieve the award is down to the di­verse ac­tiv­i­ties of the club, the num­ber of vis­i­tors thor­ough the door, hav­ing vis­i­tors com­ing from far and wide and the com­mu­nity ben­e­fits we pro­vide.’’

Mr Gloury said the club pro­vides flow-on ben­e­fits to the com­mu­nity as many come to play golf and spend time in town.

‘‘We have about 100,000 vis­i­tors through the doors and they sup­port busi­nesses in town — such as the petrol sta­tions, su­per­mar­kets and oth­ers.’’

Mr Gloury said while the club was rel­ish­ing the award, staff are look­ing to the fu­ture to make things big­ger and bet­ter.

‘‘Our new mar­ket­ing and sales man­ager Paul Lavars has come on board and he’s look­ing to take us one step fur­ther,’’ he said.

‘‘This award is recog­ni­tion of the hard work of ev­ery­one as­so­ci­ated with the club and in the com­ing years we’ll be look­ing at fur­ther im­prov­ing the fa­cil­i­ties here.

‘‘And pos­si­bly, one day, we may get top spot.’’

WELL DONE: Rich River Golf Club took home sil­ver in the tourist at­trac­tions sec­tion of the NSW Tourism Awards on Novem­ber 22.

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