A PLAN to install a full irrigation system throughout the Woodville Golf Course at Guildford, was given the go ahead at Cumberland Council last week.
The estimated $1.4 million project will be funded from the Woodville Ward Reserve fund and following a tender process, is likely to begin late this year and finish up early next year, with staged works aimed at minimising the impacts on golfers.
The project was originally proposed by Crs Paul Garrard and Eddy Sarkis, with the amendment by Crs Steve Christou and Joe Rahme in relation to the funding sparking heated debate when it was proposed at the council's June 20 meeting.
A council report noted that the annual cost of irrigating the 18 hole, par 72 golf course could also cost an additional $240,000 - $300,000 per annum.
According to the report while the Rosnay Golf Course at Auburn spends approximately $50,000 per annum on irrigation costs, the potable supply is supplemented via water sourced from the Duck River and from the on-site dam. However Woodville's onsite dam is not large enough to support the proposed irrigation system.
Councillor Steve Christou said he was supporting the project because "the quality of the golf course" reflected on the council.
He added that having higher quality greens was also likely to attract more golfers and said at a later stage, he would like the council to investigate the feasibility of adding a bistro.
"Woodville Golf Course is not only used by local residents, it is also used by a large number of people outside the Cumberland LGA," he said.