"The Worst We've Seen" - PGA of Australia: Golf Clubs facing colossal flood recovery

03-Mar-2022

"The Worst We've Seen"

- Golf Clubs facing colossal flood recovery

From PGA of Australia, by Tony Webeck:


Golf clubs throughout south-east Queensland are beginning to see the full extent of the damage caused by record rainfall the past week as floodwaters start to recede.

Brisbane received 611.6mm of rain between 9am Friday and 6pm Sunday to set a new highest three-day total, beating the previous record of 600.4mm from 1974 in records dating back to 1840.

From the Sunshine Coast down beyond the Queensland-New South Wales border the vast volume of water and already high water table has inundated golf clubs within the communities counting the cost of a crisis that is being compared to the 2011 floods that the Insurance Council of Australia estimated cost $2.38 billion in damages.

Management at both The Brisbane Golf Club and Carbrook Golf Club believe the damage this time is worse than what they experienced 11 years ago while long-time PGA Professional Tom Linskey estimates he has seen similar floods at Meadowbrook just three or four times during his career.

The Coaching Studio established by PGA Professional Jay Simpson at Meadowbrook was evacuated before ultimately having a metre of water flood through it, the clubhouse and adjacent pro shop thankfully spared.

It was a similar scenario at Carbrook where extraordinary aerial photos just how close the clubhouse came to suffering the same fate as the entirety of the golf course, General Manager Scott Wagstaff describing it as “easily the worst we have seen”. 

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