Armidale Golf Club will soon have a 18-hole mini-golf course.
To match the club's impressive 18-hole golf course, 18-holes of mini-golf (putt-putt) are going to be built on the grounds, creating an avenue to attract people who might not normally visit the club
Almost $200,00 will come from the state government to continue install it, as well as continuing to refurbish the clubhouse facilities.
On Monday Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announced the $196,543 grant and said the addition of a mini-golf course would provide opportunities for the club to attract new families, developing an important third revenue stream.
Club treasurer Hugh Fraser said developing the various golfing experiences the facility offers would improve its long-term financial viability.
"Armidale Golf Club has undergone a significant transformation which we are proud of, with the refurbishment of our kitchen and dining room and construction of a new deck," Mr Fraser said.
"Since the Stage 1 improvements were undertaken, we have seen a considerable increase in the number of birthday parties and events happening at the club.
"To ensure the building can handle this increase in patrons, we will replace the internal plumbing which is around 50 years old.
"We have great facilities, but as a club we need to do more to attract new players and members to enjoy them," he said.
Mr Fraser said installing the mini-golf course was a way of increasing the venue's appeal to the wider community, with kids able to take the course while their parents finish a round of golf and then stay on and have a meal.
"It is my hope we have most of these works finished by Christmas 2020, so players can make the most of the extra day light to play a round of golf, either big or small," he said.
Over the last three years the board of the Armidale Golf Club had worked to modernise the facility, making it more attractive as a venue for community events and for patrons to have a meal, Mr Marshall said.
"This grant will continue that refurbishment process with new internal wooden doors and windows to be installed, replacing the existing outdated aluminium fittings," he said.
While the new doors are being put in, the club is going to take the opportunity to bring its Pro-Shop inside the main building. Builders will create a partitioned office space where the club professional can operate from.