BUSY TIMES: Ipswich Golf Club manager Brett Holdway.
BUSY TIMES: Ipswich Golf Club manager Brett Holdway. Rob Williams

Holdway driven to make club better

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ONE of the ironies about running a golf course is you never have time to play golf. Just ask Ipswich Golf Club manager Brett Holdway.

Holdway took over the club at the worst possible time in 2011 after the club was inundated with floodwater resulting in more than $1 million in damage to the course.

But far from run from the challenge, the passionate manager set about rebuilding the club from its lowest ebb but admits that has meant less time on the course than he would like.

"I have a golf manager's handicap," Holdway said.

"I endeavour to get out once a month to play with the members but it's tough with so much to do."

Since taking over Holdway has seen 250 new members come on board secured over $500,000 in funding for recovery and development work and increased trade days from one to 20 last year.

He was also the driving force behind the reintroduction of the Ipswich ProAm event which has now had two events after a six year absence.

"I saw that the club was hurting and just wanted to come in and give it a red-hot go for the members," Holdway said of his reason for taking on the challenging role.

"The club has struggled financially from time to time and certainly the flood did knock us around with a million dollars worth of damage out on course.

"Since then we've had quite a bit of success securing grant money which has allowed us to get a lot done."

With plenty of good work behind him Holdway has no intention of slowing down.

The redesign of flood ravaged parts of the course has proved popular with members and Holdway said he hoped to deliver more improvements to the century old club.

"We are always looking for new and improved ideas to ensure the club exists for the next 115 years," he said.

"The team here is fantastic; they are all passionate about what we are trying to do.''



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