The fairways at Nyngan Golf Club will be in tip-top order for years to come after the organisation landed the funds for a new mower with the help of the NSW Golf Foundation.
Founded in 1913, Nyngan Golf club has almost 100 members on its books. It has a strong reputation within the local community, in particular the assistance the club offers local sports clubs, and local charities.
Like many clubs across NSW, Nyngan suffered the effects of flood during 2015, which was then followed by one of the worst droughts on record.
After surviving the twin natural disasters, the club is continuing to battle the spectre of COVID-19.
Mindful of the need to maintain the facility and unable to supply the funds needed for the vital piece of infrastructure, the club reached out to the NSW Golf Foundation, who were happy to assist with the purchase.
The new mower, a Hustler Zero-Turn 72 inch will replace a much smaller domestic size mower which has served the club faithfully for over ten years and ensure the course is presented in a manner expected by its members.
Stuart Fraser, CEO of Golf NSW, said clubs like Nyngan are often more than just a venue in town.
“Nyngan is one of those clubs in our great State which does plenty of heavy lifting within its community.
“It might be a small club, but it has a big heart.
“To offer them support in the form of this grant, via the NSW Golf Foundation is a real thrill,” Mr Fraser said.
Nyngan Golf Club’s Debbie Matheson said it was a relief for to have a new mower considering the age of the previous one.
“The mower was pushing 20 years old, so this grant is a big bonus.
“We wouldn’t have been able to purchase another one otherwise. We are a struggling club doing it a bit tough at the moment, so this is really good for us.”
Mrs Matheson said the new mower was allowing the club’s groundsmen to get the fairways mowed in half the time it had previously taken.
“He’s over the moon about it.
“The drought had a big impact on the club, and with the rain coming now, there’s a lot of coverage which needs to be taken care of,” she said.