ALL THE BEST: A golfing foursome say goodbye to each other after playing their final hole yesterday at the Ipswich Golf Course.
ALL THE BEST: A golfing foursome say goodbye to each other after playing their final hole yesterday at the Ipswich Golf Course. Claudia Baxter

End of an era as golf club is forced to close

THE Ipswich Golf Club will most likely be liquidated after a bid to save the financially-stricken club failed yesterday.

But Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale warned any potential buyers looking for a residential development gold mine, the historic course will not be developed.

Club chairman Paul Morris was informed of the decision at 6.50am yesterday, and the administrators will recommend the club is liquidated at a meeting of creditors in two weeks.

The last round was played on the 116-year-old course yesterday afternoon, with news of the impending closure spreading.

The club had 26 employees, from bar staff to green keepers who have lost their jobs.

As the ladies made their way around the course for the last time, a few keen golfers snuck on the course for one last hit. The locks to the clubhouse and pro shop changed and the course was shut down at 2pm.

Men's fixtures scheduled for today were cancelled.

The club was placed in voluntary administration six weeks ago with accountancy firm PA Lucas and Co appointed to run the business. But two floods in two years proved too much to turn around.

The Queensland Times understands one party showed interest in purchasing the course, but backed out before any due diligence had begun.

Chairman Paul Morris said the club's plight was hard to take for staff and the 500 members. He hopes common sense will prevail and the club will reopen and trade until a buyer is found.

"I'm devastated as all the members are. They have been rallying behind the club. We've just been inundated with rain and floods," he said. "All the staff and members are devastated. They can't believe they are not supporting us. We can't control floods or the weather. We've done everything we can to help."

Voluntary administrator Peter Lucas said closing a club down was always difficult. "These things are always very disappointing to take these sorts of actions but there was no other option in these circumstances," he said.

Cr Pisasale said he was disappointed the recreational facility had been closed.

"Anyone wanting to turn it into a residential development can forget it. It's a golf course and it is going to stay a golf course," he said.

Mr Morris said Cr Pisasale had shown great support to the club.

"I have spoken to him and he has been of tremendous support."



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