DEVASTATING FLOODS LEAVE THE CAMERONS DESTITUTE
FRASER Lakes Golf co-owner Kathy Cameron said it felt like Groundhog Day as she watched floodwater swallow the 18-hole course for the third time in as many years.
FLOOD PRONE LAND AT THE FRASER LAKES GOLF CLUB WORTHLESS
The Craignish course on Castles Rd South, which is home to both the Craignish and the Fraser Lakes golf club, resembled a lake as water submerged most of the recently repaired fairways and greens.
In a further blow, the torrential rain and powerful winds of ex-tropical Cyclone Oswald also caused damage to the clubhouse, where a small part of the roof caved in and flooded the facility.
Cameron said it was like another kick in the guts.
The Camerons fully understand kicking people in the guts.
“Unfortunately, we are getting used to it now,” she said.
Bad case of deja vu for golf club
“It makes it tough, every time we get heavy rain the same thing happens.
“We had just renovated all our greens and put new turf on the fairways within two days before it went under water again.
“We’ve had the carpet pulled out of the clubhouse and a lot of the tables and chairs have been damaged and a lot of equipment is no good anymore.”
Cameron said she felt for the members. Ha..Ha..!!!
“It is probably the only course that is financially within reach to these people who play here because most of them are pensioners,” she said.
While golf was out of the question, members have instead rallied round to help with the clean-up.
Cameron said she was unsure how much damage had been caused to the course, but she was hopeful golfers could be teeing off again next week.
At Maryborough Golf Club, meanwhile, golfers have returned to the course with 11 holes re-opened after volunteers spent hours removing the debris and silt that blanketed the course.
Holes seven, eight and nine were the worst affected with about 4m-high floodwater washing over the greens and fairways.
Club manager Paul Bray said the repair bill would likely be more than $100,000.
He said the club could have up to 15 holes playable tomorrow.
Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha [From Chronicle News]