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Yamba Golf and Country Club’s course superintendent Mark Ryan, Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis, Club President Tony Moran and general manager Luke Stephenson are looking forward to upgrading the irrigation system at the club in 2021. Image: Contributed.

Tee-rrific news for Yamba Golf and Country Club

Emma Pritchard|

 It’s just as good as hitting a birdie or an albatross, or better.
In 2021, the greens at the Yamba Golf and Country Club are set to become even greener after Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis announced a $250,000 grant for an environmentally friendly irrigation upgrade for the award-winning local attraction on December 16.
As he surveyed the beautifully maintained fairway, Mr Gulaptis said the grant will allow the course irrigation system at the club grounds to be refurbished and extended to cover the entire course with automated irrigation which will maximise effluent water reuse and reduce the number of hours staff spend manually watering.
His announcement was welcomed by general manager of the Yamba Golf and Country Club Luke Stephenson who said the funding will allow the club to complete its automated irrigation system and refurbish significant sections of the aging system.
“Our greens staff have been manually watering four holes since the irrigation system was originally installed in 1985, so it will reduce the cost of and reliance on town water and improve playing conditions,” he said.
“The irrigation system will also significantly reduce the amount of time staff spend watering the course.
“They won’t have to drag hoses and sprinklers around and they’ll have more time to dedicate to other areas within the club.
“It will allow us to take the golf course to the next level and provide members and locals with an improved community asset everyone can be proud of.”
Mr Gulaptis said the project has been funded with revenue generated from poker machine taxes and would mean a better golfing experience for locals and visitors alike.
“Golf is a big deal in the Lower Clarence with three excellent clubs at Maclean, Iluka and Yamba and a high level of local participation,” he added.
Mr Stephenson said better conditions on the greens will attract more golfers to Yamba outside of the tourist season, adding more visitors will increase local employment and local small business trade.
While he acknowledged 2020 has been “a difficult year all”, Mr Stephenson said the Yamba Golf and Country Club “has become stronger from the experience.”
“This much needed upgrade will help us move forward with a level of confidence,” he said.
“We’re very excited to get this grant, the club has been working hard for a long time and we’re looking forward to 2021.”
Work on the irrigation upgrade at the club is scheduled to begin in March 2021 and will take 6 months to complete.