Golf club thrilled with delivery of donated mower

Toro rep Ben Marshall, Paul Mclean from Sanctuary Cove Golf Club, course supervisor Wayne Doran, club captain John Robinson, Toro rep Neil Drummond and lifetime golf club members Peter Newman and John Robinson Snr at the Evans Head golf course.

Wayne Doran is the course supervisor at the Woodburn-Evans Head Golf Club and he wanted to share the kindness of other golf clubs since the floods.

During the floods of February-March last year, the golf course at Evans Head was turned into a lake.

The clubhouse which is positioned up high, had floodwaters halfway up to the ceiling.

Everything was damaged and had to be replaced.

After the floods, new chairs and tables were donated and the carpet was ripped up to reveal wooden floorboards.

A newspaper clipping in frame on the wall, from The Triangle newspaper in 1968, celebrated the club’s 15th anniversary, and luckily escaped the rising floodwaters.

Club captain John Robinson pointed to how close the water rose.

The 1968 newspaper clipping survived the floods.

Unfortunately all the machinery stored on the ground floor was flood damaged including the expensive mowers.

Word spread among the golf club network about the Evans Head club.

“Mackay Golf Club sent a Triflex mower when they heard about our plight,” Mr Doran said.

That helped. It took almost two weeks for floodwaters to recede.

“The grass is till pretty sour,” Mr Doran said.

“The sour smell comes out of the ground.”

The kindness continued when Sanctuary Cove Golf Club donated their near-new greens mower and it arrived today, Tuesday, September 26.

Golf club members check out the almost new mower. Photos: Susanna Freymark

Paul McLean from the Sanctuary Club and Toro representatives Ben Marshall and Neil Drummond delivered the Toro Greenmaster 3250, worth $70,000 brand new, to the green.

“I heard they went underwater,” Mr McLean said.

“Ben told me they were struggling.”

Players quickly gathered around the new mower to check it out. 

In a tall gumtree nearby, a koala dozed.

It was difficult to imagine the golf course, once a racecourse, underwater. 

Today,  some of the 287 members spread out on the 40 hectare course, enjoying a game of golf on the course.

John Robinson spotted this koala while golfing.

The juvenile koala grabbed John Robinson’s foot.
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