For Scott Swan the general manager of Gatton Jubilee Golf Club it was a “no-brainer” to jump on board when he heard about the sports Foundation fundraising for sport program (F4S). Swan told the Gatton Star the club is hoping to raise $365,000 for a number of upgrades because even after receiving a grant last year Swan says the club is a big job and there is much “more to be done.”
The Gatton Golf Club is more than the name suggests “it’s not just for golf…it’s for the community” It provides a venue for members and businesses to socialise as well as being the regular meeting place for community groups including Gatton Tai Chi and the Breast Cancer Awareness Group.
Swan and the team at the golf club have big plans for the money raised, improving facilities and the club house being the top priority this includes the netting that keeps balls from damaging neighbouring properties and upgrading the machinery used to maintain the course. Representative sides from the club often travel to play golf and the club hope some of the funds raised can go towards a team bus with Swan saying “it adds that sense of club pride to have a bus to use”.
One of the main goals of the Gatton Golf Club fundraising project is to encourage more players particularly females and juniors to join the sport.
Gatton Golf Course is the only 18-hole golf course in the Lockyer Valley and Swan says this means they are “stuck between a rock and a hard place” as people who want to play 18 holes can do so without travelling too far but also means there is “so much to maintain without having that membership”.