SYNTHETIC APPROACH: Bill Donohoe from Pelican Waters Bowls Club reckons the new surface is worth the investment.
SYNTHETIC APPROACH: Bill Donohoe from Pelican Waters Bowls Club reckons the new surface is worth the investment. Brett Wortman

No rain, no worries for club’s synthetic green

PELICAN Waters' games director Bill Donohoe believes the installation of synthetic greens has been the best thing to happen to the club in his 20 years there.

The surface was introduced two years ago and it's proven to be a highly successful venture, according to the 79-year-old.

"We had the greens put down with the help from the State Government and it's been the best thing we ever did," he said.

"They're very popular with the members and they are probably as good as or better than most synthetic greens on the Coast."

Donohoe, who was yesterday busily arranging matches like does most days, said the surface had plenty of benefits.

"The maintenance is practically nil," he said.

"We've got a couple of guys here who keep it spic and span but there's no watering, no rolling and none of that sort of business.

"Occasionally, they just hoover it more or less, but you don't have to employ green keepers or use water. It's far better.

"And we don't lose as many days with heavy rain. Sometimes the greens are unplayable if they're grass, but with the synthetic we've got a squeegee-type machine that soaks it up and we can go out and play on most occasions which is a big plus.

"It's a pretty expensive set-up, but in the long-term you get at least 12 years out of it and economically it's far better," he said.

He believed the surface had attracted more bowlers.

The club now boasts 350 members and it has a strong attendance at competitions.

Indeed, Donohoe believed the greens there had helped the players become more competitive.

"It has improved the quality of our bowlers, no doubt about that," he said. "We've got some very good bowlers."

Among them is former South Australia representative Keith Lindsay, who has helped the club emerge as a force in the South-East Queensland Super Challenge.

Pelican Waters has finished on top of its division and will clash with either Kenilworth or Nambour Heights in the regional play-offs.

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