Golfers cheering despite rain-cancelled games

Scheduled golf games were cancelled on Monday after heavy rain overnight on Sunday resulted in the course being closed.

While just a handful of players could celebrate their wins after a big Easter weekend of golf, all golfers were cheering on Monday after heavy rain the night before closed the course.

Men’s golf captain Peter ‘China’ Brien said the 61mm “was just what the doctor ordered”.

Brien said the timing was also perfect for the upcoming Men’s Open next weekend.

“The course has been without water for three months,” he said.

“The shire did find us some effluent water to water for the last three weeks but it’s been pretty limited.

“We’ve lost a lot of grass on the course.”

He said they were also having problems with kangaroos, rabbits and emus eating the limited grass they did have on the fairways.

“It’s been very dusty and the edges of fairways were very powdery. We’ve spread a bit of gravel on cart paths to keep the dust down.”

Brien said the rain this week and with warm weather predicted over the next week, it should be enough to promote some regrowth on the course.

“All the channels will be full and it should be looking good for the Open,” Brien said.

“It will also help going into winter for rest of golf season.”

The course’s groundsman and a number of volunteers have been working hard to get the course ready for the Open on May 5, which is the major event of the golf season.