Inside Golf : Inside Golf June 2017
22 June 2017 | www.insidegolf.com.au IG BUSINESS www.insidegolf.com.au/golf-industry-news GSM Golf breathing life into Peregian L ast year will remain a forgettable one to the golfers situated in and around the Peregian area on the sunshine Coast. their much-loved golf course painted a dormant picture with a relatively bleak long- term outlook, especially following the demise of another premier course in the area. Not only did this hinder their aspirations to play the game they loved, but ripped apart the fabric of the community given their reliance on the venue for social activity. With so many houses lining the boundary of the golf course, property values were being diminished as pristine fairways and greens threatened to turn into overgrown bushland. However, to Ian Denny and his team at Golf services Management, Peregian showed long-term promise. “ there was clearly a community that was passionate about its golf facility and they seemed to be struggling with its closure” said Ian. “so we took a long-term view to entering into a lease arrangement with aveo (the land owner) and just decided to get stuck in, implement the change from the previous private club model to a pay to play model and make it happen.” Within days of committing to manage the troubled facility, GsM had formulated a strategy and got straight to work. the effort to re-open was incredibly elaborate, initially needing to re-hire staff, purchase new course machinery, a full fleet of brand new golf carts, stock for the Pro shop amongst a host of various stakeholder relationships that required ongoing attention. Now, five months down the track, the facility is back to being a premier golf destination on the sunshine Coast. the course is as good as its been according to feedback, the driving range is attracting new people to golf, a new head coach has already commenced successful clinics and programs, the brand-new PaR (sports) Bar has been launched, whilst a ‘Lifestyle Pass’ has also been popular, providing locals a more casual option to make Peregian their own. these milestones certainly haven’t come without their setbacks, though, with a number of bumps along the road including a substantial damage bill for the storms that ravaged sunshine Coast towns in March. Golf participation industry wide is also seemingly declining, another challenge for Ian and his team long-term - a challenge that they’ve taken on head first: “We promote no fussy dress standards or us-and-them mentality. We are here to provide a great golf course, lovely bar and a relaxed atmosphere for everyone in the community and tourists alike. Furthermore, I’m pleased to announce that the restaurant will be open again in mid- June thus completing the final step in being fully operational again.” this impending news will please none more than the patient people of Peregian, who now have their golf course and its wonderful facilities back and firing. Peregian Golf Course and Driving Range is open to the public seven days a week and is available to anyone for casual / competition play, range use and PaR Bar access. For more information, visit the Peregian website at www.peregiangolf.com.au • GSM Director Ian Denny. tHe 2017 Northern territory PGa Championship returns to Palmerston Golf Course in Darwin and will run from 31 august – 3 september. Following the success of the inaugural tournament in 2016, the IsPs HaNDa PGa tour of australasia will make its way north for a $150,000 prize pool. the Northern territory PGa Championship will make a point of community activations designed to promote golf in the region including a Junior Golf Pro-am, Ladies and sponsors Clinics, as well as hospital and indigenous community visits from some of the country’s best golfers. the tournament will be backed by the Northern territory Government who again have thrown their support behind the event. “Golf is one of australia’s most popular activities and is played by people of all ages, status and backgrounds – it’s a huge business and securing this tournament is a big deal,” said tony sievers, assistant Minister for sports and Community events in the Northern territory. 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