The Murrumbidgee Country Club set to be back in full swing by the end of Spring

Tim Gavel 22 June 2021 11
The 14th hole of Murrumbidgee Country Club

The 14th hole of Murrumbidgee Country Club. Photo: Supplied.

It’s been a tough few months for the Murrumbidgee Country Club, but there is hope that the golf course will be back to normal by October.

At the moment, half the putting greens are out of action after greens staff inadvertently applied a poisonous chemical to nine of the greens.

Club general manager Ray Duncan says it was hoped the grass would recover.

“We consulted a number of experts from the chemical companies about a rectification process. We thought we had saved it.”

But a heavy downpour dispelled this initial optimism and it was decided to re-sow the greens and undertake measures to assist the germination process.

“We have over-sowed a couple of times and applied a growth cloth,” says Ray.

During this process, the Club continues to operate normally by using temporary greens on the nine affected holes.

Murrumbidgee Country Club House

Murrumbidgee Country Club House. Photo: Supplied.

The club has steadily increased membership by around 5 per cent annually for the last couple of years, and the club hopes it can maintain these levels given the damage to the greens.

According to the club, there has been a surge in interest in golf, which is thought to be to some extent generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Membership currently stands at around 950 playing members and 100 social members.

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It hasn’t been totally smooth running, though. Several events, including the two-day Murrumbidgee Open, have been cancelled.

“The members have been really understanding,” says Ray, “There have been a few who have been disgruntled. Ninety-eight per cent, though, realised it was a mistake and understand that things will return to normal around October.”

Ray is confident these public comments will help dispel rumours circulating about the club’s future, with some going as far as suggesting the course could close.

Murrumbidgee Country Club. Photo: Supplied.

The Murrumbidgee Country Club will return to its former glory, hopefully by October 2021. Photo: Supplied.

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” Ray says.

“Not only have affected greens been re-sown, but we are also making some exciting improvements by transitioning the course fairways to couch grass, resulting in significant water savings. And we have a bunker renovation plan and cart path upgrades that will greatly improve the course over the next 12 months.

“These initiatives, in combination with the return of the greens in Spring, will have the course starting to realise its potential.”

Ray says while it was a shock when the accident happened, there is now optimism that by October the course will be back in full swing with a focus on the future.

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11 Responses to The Murrumbidgee Country Club set to be back in full swing by the end of Spring
Jarrod Osborne Jarrod Osborne 8:42 am 25 Jun 21

Alex Paech greens may be out of action but I know what’s not

Irene Kelly Irene Kelly 5:12 pm 24 Jun 21

What happened?

    Fiona Wright Fiona Wright 8:19 pm 24 Jun 21

    Irene Kelly greenkeepers made a mistake on the greens (in the article)..

Tim Van Der Vlist Tim Van Der Vlist 1:08 pm 24 Jun 21

No discounts for the members for resigning is a disgrace. They have to play on a mediocre (at best) course for 6 months and still have to pay FULL PRICE .. DISGRACEFUL

    Jason Hutty Jason Hutty 11:04 pm 24 Jun 21

    Tim Van Der Vlist I'm not sure if you understand the economics of a member's club. The members own it. So yes, of course they have to keep paying, it's how the members pay for the recovery. It's not DISGRACEFUL, it's reality. If you don't want to support the club, don't be a member.

Eamon MacDonnell Eamon MacDonnell 11:11 am 24 Jun 21

Rowan Kemp Mark Furry Andrew Thorne stills a ways off

John Ryan John Ryan 7:44 pm 23 Jun 21

Steve Boege there goes ya club championship! Sabotage I say!

    John Sands John Sands 8:56 pm 24 Jun 21

    John Ryan Steve Boege just means you should go to 19th hole and think about how you would have played

Leos Nikias Leos Nikias 11:02 am 23 Jun 21

Michael John

They did this deliberately because of your impending threat to top the course record.

Jack Harris Jack Harris 8:08 am 23 Jun 21

You wouldn’t of done this Broccoli Hernandez 😂

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