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“We will pretty much evacuate the whole shed, which includes moving all of the machinery out. We also have some demountable buildings, which we would transport out as well. “Now we have a solid path from the shed to the clubhouse whereas 12 months ago we didn’t, which meant the bigger machinery couldn’t get up the hill and went under.” Last month the golf club had the chance to test its evacuation plan when heavy rain and a 2.5m high tide triggered flood evacuation procedures. The new pump system and machinery was moved to higher ground when water levels got to within a metre of the pump shed. Ipswich Golf Club manager Brett Holdway said the golf course, which suffered more than $650,000 worth of damage, was almost back to the condition it was in before the flood put 17 greens under water. Only the 18th green survived and the clubhouse became an emergency evacuation centre for flood-affected residents. “The golf course was closed for about four weeks, but it’s now looking the best it’s looked prior to the floods,” Holdway said. “The fairways copped a hammering and the greens had a lot of silt over them. “We lost our major pump shed when it floated down the river. The club managed to secure a grant to get the pump back in operation. “Apart from the odd couple of bunkers that are still out of play on the fourth hole and the 14th you wouldn’t realise a flood had even hit the place.” Jindalee Golf Club in Brisbane’s western suburbs is almost back to full strength following last year’s big wet. At the time, the clubhouse and pro shop had more than one metre of water through it and the nine-hole course and carts’ shed was completely submerged. Golf Industry Central Autumn 2012 13