Topics:  brett holdway, ipswich golf club, paul morris

Holdway to quit Ipswich Golf Club after 20 months in the job

Ipswich Golf Club general manager Brett Holdway (right), seen here with golf shop assistant Paul Brown, is to quit the club.
Ipswich Golf Club general manager Brett Holdway (right), seen here with golf shop assistant Paul Brown, is to quit the club. Rob Williams

IPSWICH Golf Club president Paul Morris is confident departing club manager Brett Holdway has left the club in a strong position despite only 20 months in the job.

Holdway has stepped away from his position to return to the Gold Coast for family reasons.

The club president said Holdway goes with the "thanks and best wishes of all club members".

"Brett's done a great job in a short time for the Ipswich Golf Club," Morris said.

"He's lifted our profile with the PGA and was second to none as a promoter.

"We're still the fastest growing club in Queensland in memberships and Brett can take a lot of credit for that."

Holdway came to the Ipswich Golf Club in one of the most challenging periods for the century old club after floodwater left behind a $1 million damage bill.

At the time, membership dropped to around 100. It has recovered to over 540.

The club is finalising Holdway's replacement but Morris said there was plenty to be excited about in the coming months.

"We've engaged accountancy firm BDO to review our systems and give us some advice on offering a better service to our members," Morris said.

"The course is still recovering from the floods but the greens are now the best they've ever been and the fairways are improving with time.

"We're very hopeful of being included in Brisbane Pennants next year.

"We were in it many years ago when we had a strong junior development program and we're also ramping that up again with the help of Drummond."

Morris said phase two of the club's rebirth was under way.

"I'm really excited about where we are at," Morris said.

"Considering how tough times have been financially, I'm pleased with how we are positioned for next year and beyond."



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