New faces at Goondiwindi Golf Club

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The Goondiwindi Golf Club has welcomed a new manager and professional.

South African-born Nicky Kruger, and his partner Nandi, arrived only a short time ago but he already has big plans.

Renovations are in the works to make the club a “one-stop hub” for golf with open-plan spaces integrating the pro shop, bar and dining areas.

And four new golf carts have been purchased.

“There is a lot we want to improve on,” Kruger said.

“We want people to know that we are open to the public and that you don’t have to be a member to enjoy the facilities. Everyone should feel welcome,” he said.

Kruger said the dining facilities had recently re-opened with meals from 6-8pm on Friday nights and breakfast between 8-10am on the first Sunday of the month.

There are two function rooms for hire for corporate or private events including weddings.

The course is where Kruger would prefer to spend most of his time though.

He is a Class AA PGA professional and will be offering private lessons.

A passion for teaching children will benefit the junior academy.

“We have students visiting one day a week at the moment for their PE class,” Kruger added.

“We really want to help grow the game. The juniors are the future of our clubs.

“It teaches basic hand-eye coordination and gets them outdoors. We get them in the habit of swinging the clubs and using their muscles.”

Kruger was an outdoors kid playing all sports including tennis and cricket but it was a rugby injury that saw him turn to golf in a professional manner.

“I played in New Zealand the final year of high school but after a shoulder injury I chose to study golf at university,” he said.

Kruger’s family immigrated in 2011 with him following after he finished his studies.

He has arrived in Gundy after managing a par three golf course in Brisbane, Albany Links Golf and Putt Putt.

“It’s been a massive change (coming from South Africa),” he said. “As a younger generation there is a lot more opportunities for our future here.

“I went to high school in a small country town so I’ve always enjoyed getting involved in the community.

“And I like to know everyone, which is easier in a smaller town.”

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