Inside Golf : Inside Golf, May 2017
12 May 2017 | www.insidegolf.com.au club news www.insidegolf.com.au/news It’s been a wet and wIld rIde David Newber y email@example.com CYCLONE Debbie’s destruction was never more evident than at Bowen Golf Club where wind speeds reached more than 250km/h tearing off the clubhouse awning and downpipes, bringing down huge trees, shifting concrete bridges and destroying sections of the golf course. The ocean side golf course was devastated and forced to close for at least a month after Debbie screamed her way over the course and clubhouse. “We were hammered and the golf course looks very different now,” club manager Corinne Dibnah said. “ We had a lot of trees down including some over 100 years old and bridges washed out. “ You would have thought that concrete bridges would never move, but they were just pushed aside. “ We thought we would lose the ninth green, but she (Debbie) came a different way over the top of the golf club towards the ninth and not from the ocean.” With only one greenkeeper on staff, it was all hands on deck as members volunteered to put the jigsaw puzzle back together. “ We had working bees for three weekends just to get the fairways cleared,”Dibnah added. “ The golf course is on the ocean and we have million dollar views, but not after a cyclone visits. “ Tell golfers to get up here and spend some money because we certainly need it.” Yes, from Bowen in north Queensland and south to the Northern Rivers it was a similar story. For weeks, golf club car parks, clubhouses and pro shops were deserted and that meant cash registers fell silent across the great divide. The devastation left many superintendents shaking their heads wondering where to start the clean up. Still, with an army of volunteers by their side they got on with the job and many soon had their courses playable again. The cost of the cleanup was expected to run into the millions of dollars. After departing Bowen, Debbie took aim at Proserpine Golf Club where operations manager Lisa Cavanagh and director of golf Alison Munt were stationed. Mind you, they got off lightly despite many completely submerged holes. “ The fairways on the back nine were not visible just after the rain hit, but it didn’t take long for the water to subside,” Ms Cavanagh said. “ The course drains really well because we have a creek running through it. “Overall, we came out of it okay. Ms Munt said the course closed for six days. “In total we had holes 10, 11, 12, and 14 completely under water, but the course bounced back well,” she said. “We did lose the bunkers on the 11th and 12th completely.” Mackay Golf Club professional Jeffrey Reid told Inside Golf the course closed for two weeks. “Prior to Cyclone Debbie, we had a significant rain event which washed us out and then Debbie came through followed by another significant rain event,” he said. “We lost over 60 huge trees and all the bunkers were washed out. It was a mess.” Reid said the army of volunteers put in more than 1200 hours helping clean up the mess. “The members and the general public have been fantastic helping us get it cleaned up and ready for play.” Many courses in Central Queensland were affected, some worse than others. One of the hardest hit was Gracemere Lakes Golf Club, which was virtually underwater due to its overflowing lakes. Yeppoon golf course closed for two days, but reopened within days for its Saturday competition. Bowen Golf Club. Proserpine Golf Club. Mackay Golf Club.
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