A golf course irrigation system so old some of its pipes are made of wood will soon be replaced by a new system costing $760,000, according to Simon Bragg, a board member of the Cootamundra Country Club.
Mr Bragg said a successful tenderer, Darling Water of Wagga Wagga, had been chosen from nine companies that expressed interest in replacing the 70-year-old system, and work would begin in mid-April, as soon as the current round of tournaments had finished.
"The old system is totally inadequate to keep the course properly watered," Mr Bragg said.
"It takes three weeks after watering the first fairway to get back to it again.
"The new system will do it all in two days, operating at night to save electricity and have no overtime costs."
Mr Bragg said the Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council had been very helpful in making sure the tendering process was properly administered, and also supplied engineering expertise in water pipe laying.
The club applied for a State government sports and recreation grant unsuccessfully three years in a row before getting professional help to prepare its application, and successfully obtained a grant of $1.35 million, announced in August last year.
After the new irrigation is installed, the Club will use the balance of the funds to build a new equipment shed to house tractors, mowers, fertiliser and fuel to modern OH&S standards, with the old shed being used to house players' golf carts.
The balance will be used to extend the network of concrete paths for golf carts.
Mr Bragg said the club would never have been able to afford the work without the government grant.
"Golfing NSW has backed us throughout and intend to have men and women senior pro tournaments on the improved course.
"This will bring benefits to the town economically, and there are benefits for the council too as we will be using more of the recycled water from the sewage plant."