Green future for Port Pirie Golf Club
Following several years of discussions, Port Pirie Regional Council and the Port Pirie Golf Club have entered into a partnership to ensure the future of golf in Port Pirie through a program of greening fairways.
This arrangement will increase patronage and secure the Port Pirie Golf Club’s future while generating local sport, community wellbeing and tourism benefits.
Financial projections from the Port Pirie Golf Club indicate that the club is financially sustainable but would benefit from support from Council to help reduce potential risk in the initial years of the plan.
Council will contribute $20,000 to the Golf Club in recognition of the impact of COVID-19 and will also provide access to a loan (if required) to support the greening of a minimum of nine target fairways. This follows sound financial planning from the Golf Club and significant volunteer efforts to rejuvenate the Club, including painting the sprig bar, replacing the main hall carpet with carpet tiles, painting and updating the bar and electrical wiring of the new buggy shed.
In addition to this, the Port Pirie Golf Club has also had the main clubhouse hall painted, the carpark and entry resurfaced and erected a new golf cart storage shed in the past 12 months.
Mayor Leon Stephens praised the Port Pirie Golf Club for their valiant efforts in ensuring their sustainability.
“We applaud their efforts in looking at how they can adapt to a challenging financial climate,” Mayor Stephens said.
“We are really keen to try and support them to make the course as attractive and playable as it can be.”
Port Pirie Golf Club president Grant Norton said the club was looking forward to being able to play on some grass throughout the summer months.
“The Port Pirie Golf Club would like to thank the Port Pirie Regional Council for their support in the past and their financial offer to assist in the greening of 9 holes of the golf course,” he said.
“We look forward to having a great working relationship in improving the golf course for everyone of Port Pirie and anyone travelling through.”
The watering project is scheduled to commence in October.