Atherton Golf Club is impressed with the progress it has made since appointing the husband-and-wife management team of Kylie and Brendan Clark earlier this year.
Mrs Clark is the new manager and Mr Clark the course superintendent.
Their business skills have already meant both savings and improvements to the club.
They recently bought three new lawnmowers and a designated spray unit under a rental lease arrangement.
“The club’s maintenance bill was something like $40,000 and increasing,” said president Mark Johnson said.
“But this arrangement has cut costs by 60 per cent and we have better and more efficient machinery. This was Brendan’s initiative.”
Mr Clark has constructed five new bunkers and a new tee.
Mrs Clark’s wish list includes a new deck overlooking the course, but this might take a while to achieve.
One project on the cards is a concrete pathway through the club grounds not just for the golf carts, but for members of the public to walk their dogs or ride their bikes.
“We are applying for grants,” she said.
Mrs Clark’s career background has been in the hospitality industry, managing clubs and pubs.
Mr Clark has managed golf clubs at Mossman and Cairns and, as an Epar staff member in Brisbane, he has advised golf clubs on workplace health and safety issues.
He is a keen golfer too.
“I love golf,” he said. “I can’t get enough of it.
“We have fantastic members here. They have been helping us out and made us most welcome.”
Mr Johnson said the club appointed the Clarks because they wanted a more efficient business, but while maintaining a sense of fun.
“We want this to be an enjoyable club for members and guests,” he said.
“We are getting a lot of feedback from other Tablelands clubs and visitors about the club and the course.”
Atherton Golf Club will hold a Christmas in July event on Friday, July 27.
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