‘Wombat’ golfers thankful for boost of cart hire grant

AN easy day out on the golf course will soon be even more relaxing for the Guildford Leagues Wombats Senior Social Golf Club.

They have just been awarded a Cumberland Council grant of $2,000 to help subside golf cart hiring fees for the 25 members who are aged from their mid 60s to 80s.
President Jim Newell said the cost of playing and hiring was around $50 a day which was getting too expensive for their retired players.
“So we are very grateful the council has helped us with this grant, it will make a big difference as most of our members can’t walk the 18 holes,” he said.
“We’re always grateful to Guildford Leagues too as they provide us with some annual funding.”
Saying the club was definitely a social club and not a win-at-all-costs group, Jim said they often adopted silly ‘wombat’ rules.
“We play the ball with a 24cm drive lift, meaning if it’s stuck behind a tree or somewhere else, we move it for an easier shot,” he said.
“We don’t really get bogged down on the rules as much as some others.”
The Wombats mainly play on Tuesdays, with some games on Thursdays and prizes up for grabs every week.
“Game fees are reasonably priced and cover green fees, game day prizes, bi-monthly barbecues and subsidise our annual presentation day function and end of year gala day,” he said.
“On Tuesdays, games are played mainly at Woodville but once a month, they are played at Rosnay or Cabramatta as we like to give our members that top-class experience.”
Jim says financial members of Guildford Leagues who are aged over 55, are welcome to join the Wombats, “no matter what your handicap may be or even if you are a novice golfer”.
For more info, contact Guildford Leagues Club, 9780 1333 or