GREEN OPENING: Queensland Sport and Recreation regional manager Garry Humphries and advisor Caitlin McBaron practise their putting at the opening of the Warwick Golf Club’s new greens yesterday.
GREEN OPENING: Queensland Sport and Recreation regional manager Garry Humphries and advisor Caitlin McBaron practise their putting at the opening of the Warwick Golf Club’s new greens yesterday. Jayden Brown

Get Playing grant means more holes at Warwick Golf Club

THE Warwick Golf Club is expected to see a boost in the number of visiting golfers, with six new greens officially opened by Queensland Sport and Recreation officials yesterday.

The course was inspected by Sport and Recreation regional manager Garry Humphries and advisor Caitlin McBaron, who was instrumental in helping the Warwick Golf Club with its application for a $100,000 grant for the new greens.

Mr Humphries said the grant, awarded as part of the Get Playing program, was very competitive.

"We received double the number of applications than grants available," he said.

"The Warwick Golf Club's grant was exceptionally good - very detailed and competitive."

Ms McBaron, a Sport and Recreation advisor for the Scenic Rim, Southern Downs and Goondiwindi Regional Council areas, assisted.

"I've been supporting the golf club throughout the process of applying for the grant," she said.

"I'm proud of what they've achieved here today."

Ms McBaron was hailed by Mr Humphries and golf club members as a driving force in the club's successful application.

Warwick Golf Club president Gary Russell-Sharam said the opening of the greens was a good day for the club.

"We've got 18 really good quality holes - never had that before," he said.

"Our course is now the equivalent of any course on the Darling Downs, if not better."

Mr Russell-Sharam said the old greens, made of bent grass, weren't suited to Warwick's climate.

"People stopped coming here because of the poor quality of the old greens," he said.

"Our renewed greens will bring more people to the course with our better putting conditions."

The new greens are made of 328 grass, which is standard for most Darling Downs golf clubs.

More than 40 volunteers dedicated long hours to get the new greens ready, with golfers teeing off for the first time on January 18.

"Everyone worked as team," Mr Russell-Sharam said.



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