Levels ready to make big splash
The Timaru Golf Club is on track to fill the new lake on their Levels course by Christmas.
President Russell Crossan said it will be great to have three holes with water beside them and the 750,000 litres of water it held would be used to help irrigate the course.
"It will look magnificent."
The recent rain had, however, slowed the project down as the diggers could not go into the lake while it had water in it.
"The club has been very lucky to have Tony Moir and Paul Smith Earthmoving on board for the lake, they have been fantastic.
"We have just got a grant for $10,000 for a pump and some landscaping, so things are moving ahead."
Crossan said the club had held an open forum for members a couple of Sundays ago on strategies for the future.
"We did a ‘swot' analysis looking at our strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats and what the future potentially held," he said. "It was all positive."
Crossan said any rumours the club was in financial trouble were incorrect.
"We are solvent but asset-rich and cash-poor," he said.
"We have to be careful how we go about things as we don't have an unlimited cheque book."
Crossan said the club's debt was at a manageable level. It had an overdraft and some debenture debt.
Like most clubs, their subscriptions do not cover their expenses, so fundraising is an ongoing essential.
Included in those expenses is the replacement of greenkeeping equipment, which the club owns.
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