CITY Golf Club at Toowoomba on the Darling Downs is a big believer in the adage share and share alike.
As one of the most financially successful clubs in Queensland, City Golf Club for the past five years has been sharing its success with less fortunate golf clubs in the district and even one outside the region.
The club’s golf operations manager Andrew Webb told Inside Golf that City GC supported 16 Darling Downs golf clubs as well as Charleville Golf Club, which is 600 kilometres west of Toowoomba.
“This year we handed over 17 cheques worth $11,200 to the various clubs,” he said.
“Those clubs were Texas, Cecil Plains, Clifton, Goombungee, Allora, Dalby, Wallangarra, Jandowae, Bell, Stanthorpe, Oakey, Inglewood, Pittsworth, Millmerran, Crows Nest, Gatton and Charleville golf clubs.
“Charleville Golf Club is not in our Darling Downs Golf Association region, but we are supporting them as they also need support.”
The clubs certainly appreciate City Golf Club’s generosity.
Since receiving the support, most clubs have seen a spike in memberships and green fees.
“The clubs use the money to purchases prizes and that helps attract more people to play in their open days and events,” Webb added.
“The open day for these clubs is huge so they draw a lot of visitors and that means more green fees and food and beverage sales, which they rely on heavily.”
City Golf Club also sends a bus load of players to each club’s big day.
“When we first started supporting these clubs they were getting between 30 and 50 players and now it’s around 80 to 100.
“We support these clubs because some only have 10 or 20 members. We also do it because it’s supporting the game of golf.
“A few years ago, “Texas Golf Club had less than five members and now they are prospering with more than 30 members.”
Let’s not forget these clubs don’t have paid staff – they rely solely on volunteers.
City Golf Club also generously supports the Queensland Sandgreens Championships and Country Week to the tune of $9500.
Meanwhile, City Golf Club has seen a spike in women’s membership – up 11 per cent in the past 24 months courtesy of Golf Queensland’s “Ladies, Let’s Golf” program”.
“This has increased our ladies competition fields and we have introduced a nine-hole competition on Tuesdays (Ladies Day) as a transition for new ladies joining from the introductory program,” Webb said.
The club’s mini-golf facility too is showing a profit with 45,000 people playing the “course” in the past 12 months.
Finally, the prizemoney for this year’s Queensland PGA Championship at City Golf Club has increased by $25,000 to $150,000.