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Water – or the lack of it!

A stop at Tocumwal allowed me to play the two courses at my present home club.  Both courses are in excellent condition with lush fairways and firm fast greens. Even as I was playing during the week the ground staff were out dethatching the fairways, such is the depth and quality of the couch fairways.  The club has an ample supply of recycled water, and this is the key to this oasis on the Murray.

Some 400 kms north is Forbes Golf Club. The greens were also lush, but a little long. The tees were grassed, but showing signs of wear. The fairways were dry, with even the kikuyu struggling to survive on hard parched fairways.  While it is flat course there are some interesting holes  – among them the 8th being a 350metres par 4 dogleg left. It  turns sharply at about the 300 metre mark. With trees on the left, and right a well placed tee shot, or a lot of luck, is required on this  hole.

The contrast between the two clubs was stark. Forbes has no access to recylced water. Such is the quality of the processes that this is returned to the river system. The wetlands nearby are fed by this water, but the golf club pays top dollar for their water. After ten years of drought the fairways are struggling to survive, and watering the greens may be all the club can afford in the future.

Golf clubs are a community resource in places like Forbes.  Local governments need to take into account thier contribution to the locality and do what they can to support the facilities in their areas. Forbes Golf Club needs the active support of their local councillors if the course is to survive these difficult times.