Golf club’s rich win at tourism awards
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.