Club boss set for new challenge
PETER Hourigan is on his way to Malaysia for the next challenge in his life but he will leave behind a strong legacy at Brookwater Golf and Country Club where he is general manager.
Mr Hourigan is set to take up a new role as vice president of operations for the Archipelago Resort and Hotels chain based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in the new year.
"I've had a great two and a-half years here at Brookwater Golf and Country Club, but the opportunity has come up to go back into hotels and I've decided to take it," he said.
"I've worked for large hotel companies for the last 25 years all over Asia and Europe. The golf course (at Brookwater) was a good two-and-a-half year stint to learn how to run the premier golf course in Queensland. I'm now going back to Asia to manage a couple more. One of the properties we do have is the Datai in Langkawi that has the number one course in Malaysia right now so I'm looking forward to that too."
Mr Hourigan described the biggest challenge in the golf industry as "keeping a golf course profitable" but he has ensured that Brookwater remained ahead of the rest by embracing the internet.
" The iseekgolf.com site has increased our number of rounds by at least 20 per cent," he said.
"A couple of years ago we just relied on people calling up and making a booking. I see iseekgolf.com as being like wotif.com where people can compare the golf course and the prices they are charging on that particular day. We are almost like hotels here on the golf side of it - on the basis that we check our rates every day against our competitors ... and we change them every day based on the seasons and weather.
"Even though the economy has gone down, the number of rounds we have here has either been maintained or increased on previous years.
"The other thing we have emphasised has been our use of ambassadors over the past two years. (Ipswich mayor) Paul Pisasale has been one of our most active ambassadors.
"These guys can make very good contributions to charities and to businesses through playing at the golf course."