Finley Golf Club is in top condition, all thanks to its dedicated volunteers.
When visitors arrive at the course, it doesn’t take long to understand why the club is considered among the best courses in the Murray River region.
Finley Golf Club captain Rand Wilson described it as one of the Murray’s best kept secrets.
‘‘I’ve spoken to tourists from the USA and UK who say they’re shocked a town the size of Finley has a golf course and they’re just as shocked with the beautiful condition the course is in,’’ he said.
‘‘We have over 160 members and they all volunteer their time.
‘‘The only paid employees we have are part time bar staff and full time greenkeeper.
‘‘Our motto is ‘the friendly club’ so it’s natural for our members to help out when they can.’’
One of the club’s longest serving volunteers Pam Angove said without the dedication of the the volunteers the club wouldn’t survive.
‘‘The golf club is a great asset for our town and to lose it would be devastating,’’ she said.
‘‘Our president Deb Pyke has managed to gain several grants to help upgrade our facilities such as the kitchen.
‘‘I love volunteering. Every time I come here I have such great fun helping out.’’
The course is under constant care from the greenkeeper and volunteers that help mow the lawns and clean up the course of tree branches and debris.
Maintenance volunteer Barry Wilson said the course is in the best condition it has been in.
‘‘A while ago work needed to be done and the many volunteers like to present a top quality course,’’ he said.
‘‘The course in the last month has been in top condition.
‘‘Trees have been pruned and you can see right through the entire course.
‘‘When we hosted the Riverina Ladies Golf Association Championship we had constant positive feedback of players who want to come back because they admire such a great course.
‘‘Finley should be proud of its golf club.’’