The Orange Ex-Services’ Club’s Country Club and golf course to shut for good

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Club CEO Daniel Perkiss said the Ex-Services’ Club was facing major economic hits due to cancellations and a drop in trade directly related to the spread of the coronavirus.

Mr Perkiss said the club needed to rationalise to limit its losses.

He said the golf course at Bloomfield had been due to close on June 30 as part of the amalgamation with Wentworth Golf Club but that had been brought forward due to the economic situation.

IT'S OVER: The Country Club at Bloomfield will be shut from Monday. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

¬†IT’S OVER: The Country Club at Bloomfield will be shut from Monday. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

Golfers now have just three days to play their last rounds at the course which is proposed to be replaced by Orange’s $25 million sporting complex and other uses.

The club will maintain the bowls facilities at the club but they will not be used while the coronavirus spread continues due to a statewide ban by Bowls NSW.

“These measures have been taken on the back of monumental cancellations in the club’s functions, conferencing and accommodation,” Mr Perkiss said.

“Even though the Orange Ex-Services’ Club has incurred some significant hits to our business our main focus is to ensure the business continuity for the community and financial stability.

“The rationalisation of club operations is primarily aimed at reducing operating costs so the club remains a significant going concern on the other side of this Covid-19 pandemic.”

Mr Perkiss said he had met with staff and was working to determine what impact the slowdown in business and the club closure would have on employment.

The club employs 210-250 people across both sites.

FINANCIAL HITS: Orange Ex-Services' Club is hoping to rebound once the coronavirus risks subside. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

¬†FINANCIAL HITS: Orange Ex-Services’ Club is hoping to rebound once the coronavirus risks subside. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

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