Golf Industry Central Winter 2012 - Page 22

Quake-hit clubs in recovery mode By David Newbery For New Zealand’s Christchurch golf clubs severely affected by the devastating earthquakes, there is still a long way to go before they are 100 per cent operational. Canterbury Golf CEO Grant Lewis said the February earthquake would have a long-term impact and contribute to the loss of income and membership. Christchurch Golf Club was one of the worst affected with major damage to its historic clubhouse and significant damage to the golf course. Waimairi Beach Golf Club had its clubhouse condemned and demolished while nine holes remain unplayable. Some of the other severely affected clubs include Hagley, Avondale and Rawhiti golf clubs. “Weedons and Greendale golf clubs, and to a lesser extent Clearwater and Hororata, were damaged in the first earthquake,” Lewis said. “All these clubs have felt an immediate impact through loss of membership, corporate and group bookings and tournaments, which are a vital source of income. “Avondale and Waimairi Beach are in the process of replacing their clubhouses, but Christchurch is stuck in a debate with the earthquake commission and insurance companies. The building will have to be replaced or rebuilt. “Most courses are back in play except for Waimairi Beach, which has opened nine holes. “ it was the most exciting thing to happen to the club in 50 years and “something worth living for” The Golf Marketing Professionals “ 20