Sydney’s Best Kept Golfing Secret
Like many other golf clubs, Balgowlah had experienced years of declining returns and the club went into Administration in March 2012. The new Board determined that costs had to be rationalised to ensure a viable future for the club. Realistic plans were drawn up and the club introduced some major changes that saw the club return to cash-positive in 2013.
“We changed from employing greens staff to maintaining the golf course through contract management by Landscape Solutions,” says Tom Bourke, President of Balgowlah Golf Club. “This has produced excellent results in course presentation and cost savings, both in staff management overheads, less administration work and management of environmental and occupational health and safety issues.”
“Over the course of two years, we have pared operating costs by almost $300,000 – all areas of operations, course, clubhouse and administration, have been vigorously examined and rationalised,” explains Bill Colwell, Treasurer. “The initiatives taken during 2013 will have a more beneficial impact on the results for 2014 and following years.”
“The course is looking the best I’ve ever seen it. This is praise indeed but mirrors comments/thoughts of just about everybody” Bill Colwell