ON an average weekend day around 150 golfers will tee off at Bathurst Golf Club.
Last Saturday it had just 26.
The club is one of a number of Bathurst businesses that have been affected by ongoing, significant rain across the region.
Since June, 428.1 millimetres of rain has been recorded, significantly above the long-term average of 189.7mm for Bathurst during this time period.
Bathurst Golf Club secretary manager Brad Constable said the rain has had a big impact on the number of players.
“It’s definitely impacted us over the last two-and-a-half months; our social golf is down dramatically,” he said.
However, Bathurst has fared much better than the three golf clubs in Orange where officials claim millions of dollars in revenue has been lost after a major tournament was cancelled.
Duntryleague Golf Club president John Cook has been charged with the task of trying to find financial assistance on behalf of his club, Wentworth Golf Club and the Orange Ex-Services’ Country Club.
“We haven’t had a full competition for the past five months. It’s pretty devastating for a golf club,” he said.
“It’s getting close to $1 million for the golf clubs and several more millions that the town has missed out on.”
So dire is the situation in Orange that Duntryleague has introduced a $200 levy on each of its 602 voting members.
Wentworth Golf Club has lost $100,000 in revenue, had $15,000 in damage to the course, and has now applied to Golf NSW for financial aid.