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COVID-19: Club Support in Australia

To help clubs and facilities deal with the challenges of COVID-19, Golf Australia ran a series of webinars available to clubs and facilities.

Golf Australia and Golf Management Australia announced the first set of webinars in early May as part of Golf Australia’s Club and Facility Support offering. They were the first of regular, ongoing educational opportunities offered in conjunction with both bodies.

The webinar series is provided free of charge to affiliated clubs and facilities nationwide and clubs and facilities can register as many attendees as required. Webinars have covered a range of topics, including course maintenance, finance and marketing.

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association has been working directly with clubs and facilities during the COVID-19 crisis, helping clubs move into a pattern of reduced maintenance processes.

In covering course maintenance, host Steve Tuckett gave advice on how to manage your course during uncertain times, advice to return your course back to full playing condition, as well as some general advice on how to best look after the course heading into winter.

Steve has over 25 years of expertise in Turf Management including managing courses as a Superintendent and recently was head teacher of Sports Turf Management curriculum at Melbourne Polytechnic, prior to joining the Association as an Agronomist consulting to golf courses on practical and effective turf management practices.

The importance of managing your club or facility cashflow during these challenging economic times was highlighted in the financial webinar, while marketing focused on tools specifically designed for clubs to retain members during the renewal process.