Higher ground for golf

Higher ground for golf

The Lakes Entrance Golf Club has gratefully received a donation of over 700 cubic metres of topsoil, with another 1800 cubic metres to come, from Bass Strait Views Estate Pty Ltd and Becon Construction.
The companies are constructing the new petrol service station on the corner of Golflinks Road and Princes Highway in Lakes Entrance.
Course director, Garry Jeal, expressed appreciation of the donation, which he estimates to be approximately $50,000 in commercial value.
“The companies have been kind enough to not only donate the soil but also the cartage to get the soil to the course,” Mr Jeal said.
“We now have some pretty impressive mounds of dirt and with the distribution of the soil around the course done on a voluntary basis, our truck is small and old, it will take some time.
“The balance will be stored and spread throughout the course during drier months.
“Many parts of our course are at sea level or just above and we have a constant battle in keeping both sea and lake water at bay.
“Some fairways are subsiding and tend to flood without even a rain event, so this soil will be used for strategic mounding and to improve contours of fairways and practice range. It will also improve growth in some barren areas.”
The Lakes Entrance Golf Club will also take delivery of 3000 native trees later in the year from Lakes Entrance Landcare, which is sponsored by East Gippsland Water.
“This soil will provide mounds for these to be planted into and will provide great assistance in helping to maintain the course for future years,” he said.

IMAGE: Lakes Entrance Golf Club past president Dave Murrell was busy pushing up donated soil to make room for some more, with course director, Garry Jeal.


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