It’s a hole-in-one for the Armidale Golf Club, which has been awarded thousands of dollars to upgrade the clubhouse.
The state government’s regional growth fund has given $409,353 to the club for refurbishments to the clubhouse, built in the 1950s and renovated in the 1970s.
In the plans, the kitchen and function room will be upgraded, while the clubhouse will boast a new restaurant and café, and an 8-square-metre deck with a view over the golf course.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said the refurbishment will help underpin current membership and attract new members.
“It will increase wider community use of the clubhouse for meetings, weddings, birthdays, family gatherings, conferences, and training.”
The club already hosts 21st parties, school formals, weddings, and conferences, but can only cater to 120 people. The new facilities will allow the club to cater to 200.
”There are very few venues in Armidale that can cater for more than 150,” said Hugh Fraser, the club’s vice-president, “so this will make such a difference.”
The renovations are expected to benefit the city.
“It’s a very exciting project,” said Armidale Regional Council councillor Peter Bailey.
“It will boost the local economy and will have a flow-on affect onto accommodation providers, motels, B&Bs, catering suppliers, so it’s a win-win for everybody.”
The renovations are expected to be finished by the end of October.
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