Golf club goes solar
THE Woorayl Golf Club has had solar panels installed on the clubhouse roof, in an effort to reduce costs.
The $7000 project was partly funded by a $3500 community grant from the South Gippsland Shire Council, while the club provided the rest.
Club president Graeme Winkler said the club was also assisted by government rebates and a donation from Gippsland Solar, who installed the panels.
“It is a 4.5 kilowatt system, with 18 panels. We hope it will help us reduce costs, which we will pass on to our members and even get some new members from it,” he said.
Mr Winkler said he is hoping the installation of the panels will reduce the club’s electricity bill by half, but will have to wait and see.
The club has recently introduced a second, cheaper full membership called pay for play.
Mr Winkler said instead of paying $420, the members will only have to pay $300, but if they want to play in a competition it will cost $15 instead of $8.
“We expect the solar panels will help us offset the reduction in fees a little bit and at this stage, the cheaper membership option has proved successful,” he said.
Recent rain has been welcomed by Mr Winkler, who said the course is in excellent condition.
“The rain has really helped to green up the course. Our numbers over summer have been really good and we have also had quite a number of green fee players,” he said.
“Green fee players are a real bonus for the club.”
The Woorayl Golf Club holds a ladies competition on Wednesdays and men’s and ladies on Thursdays and Saturdays.
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