Golf Industry Central Autumn 2012 - Page 13

THE FLOODS 12 MONTHS ON It was one of Queensland golf ’s toughest periods and left many golf clubs shaken, but not defeated. By David Newbery In January 2011, the effects of the floods and Cyclone Yasi resulted in flooded and isolated golf courses from Brisbane to the Darling Downs to Central Queensland and even further west and north. Most golf clubs, particularly smaller clubs, felt the financial strain and had to rely on grants and additional bank loans to help in the recovery. The big wet also had an effect on employees’ livelihoods, particularly casual staff. Some golf clubs sent staff on annual leave; some received reduced working hours while others were given shovels and told to assist in the clean-up. Still, they were the lucky ones because many golf club members lost their homes during the summer of discontent. Images of the damage to golf courses were astonishing. At McLeod Country Golf Club in Brisbane, neighbouring homeowners used speedboats to access their flooded properties. Today, some golf courses still carry a few remaining scars inflicted by the weather while others have patched up the wounds and again are picture-perfect. The Brisbane Golf Club resembled a fruit, vegetable and fish market when produce from the Rocklea markets floated on to the fairways while other courses resembled African water holes muddied by herds of elephant. Golf Industry Central contacted a number of the worst affected golf clubs to find out