Peter Jeucken and Diane Payne at the reopened course.
Peter Jeucken and Diane Payne at the reopened course. Geoff Pottern

Golf members chip in

Despite losing 90% of its trade in the past two months due to incessant rain, Cooroy Golf Club will host a fundraiser for flood victims on Saturday night.

The club had to close for 10 days this month because water inundation on the course made it unplayable, and no golf meant no customers at the bar or pokies.

Club manager Wayne Patston said the loss of business in December and January represented about a third of the club’s revenue.

“This is the busiest period of the year and we’ve just lost it. It’s gone and you can’t get it back,” he said.

“Virtually 30% of the year’s trade would normally be in those months.

“We’ve had to cut costs and had to make a staff member redundant. We’ve cut all our casual staff to the point of putting off cleaners and our bar staff have to do it now.

“When it has rained here, we’ve been getting at least 50mm every downpour.

“So over the two months, we’ve virtually had more than 60 inches of rain (1524mm), and for a golf club to cop, that’s not good.”

 

Details

What: Flood appeal fundraiser with live entertainment.

Where: Cooroy Golf Club.

When: Saturday January 29, 6pm until late.

Cost: $10.

Proceeds to be split between the Premier’s Flood Appeal, Red Cross and possibly another charity.


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