Ambitious $600,000 proposal to replace antiquated irrigation systems could see Cootamundra Country Club become the Riverina's sporting hot-spot

PLANS IN MOTION: Golf NSW general manager Graeme Phillipson (right) was in town to lend his support to the slated project. Picture: Lachlan Grey
PLANS IN MOTION: Golf NSW general manager Graeme Phillipson (right) was in town to lend his support to the slated project. Picture: Lachlan Grey

An ambitious $600,000 proposal could see Cootamundra emerge as the Riverina's regional sporting hub.

The Cootamundra Country Club is pushing to drive facilities into the 21st century by replacing its antiquated in ineffective irrigation systems.

At present, the course is tended to manually and club spokesperson Simon Bragg is determined to turn things around with modern technology.

"Getting a new watering system onto the golf course has been a process for some time now," he said.

"We've been pressing for about four years and now we've called for more help.

The Country Club has called upon Golf NSW for support in reshaping the facility and opportunities are limitless.

"We think it's important for the town so that's why we've brough Golf NSW on board," Mr Bragg said.

"But it's not just for our golfers - we want to improve facilities for our bowlers and croquet players."

Golf NSW government relations & communications manager Bernard Bratusa is particularly excited about the fledgling project.

"We're looking to bring a state-significant sporting event to the region in the next few years and Cootamundra could be it's home," Mr Bratusa said.

"Not a just one-off event, we want something that links back to NSW Golf Open."

Mr Bratusa was joined by Golf NSW general manager Graeme Phillipson in praising the course and pitching potential events.

"If Cootamundra's track was well irrigated, it could easily host the NSW Seniors Championship," Mr phillipson said.

"The layout is good enough and the length wouldn't be an issue once the system went in.

"You could hold some great events in town."

Hosting the NSW Senior Am event in 2019 is an early target but regional qualifying tournaments could be just around the corner for Cootamundra.

“There’s no reason why we couldn’t see a major qualifying event out here,” Mr Bratusa said.

“Tournaments like that bring hundred of people into town and there are serious economic benefits on offer.”

A 21st-century irrigation system would also allow overworked ground staff to focus on bowls and croquet facilities, opening the door for regional competitions.

“Golf is only one focus of the club and these changes will greatly benefit all our members,” Mr Bragg said.

“We hosted the state pennant for bowls a few years back and we’re eager to be in a position to host another one.”