United voice for public facilities

Moore Park Golf Course & Driving Range
The night time view of the Moore Park Golf Course & Driving Range in Sydney.

A newly formed body will give Australia’s public golf facilities a united voice.

Public Golf Facilities Australia will represent the businesses behind an important pathway in Australian golf, particularly for new golfers.

PGFA director Anthony Lawrence said the body would operate with a national focus and sit within the Australian Golf Industry Council to represent facilities that provide key access to so many through driving ranges, mini golf and simulators.

He said PGFA had also been formed to provide direction for best practice operations and develop common strategies in order to generate greater participation in golf.

“The PGFA will play an advocate role in the golf industry for facilities that cater for public golfers, taking an active role in lobbying appropriate private and public institutions regarding key issues relevant to its members’ facilities such as access to water, land tax, buying groups and insurance,” Lawrence said.

“We will provide assistance and information to members, including customer and financial benchmarking, and techniques to enhance profitability for members.

“And, importantly, we’ll get an understanding of participation trends within these facilities that will help direct strategies for promoting and developing both men’s and women’s involvement in golf.”

The group comprises public access facility owners, general managers and management groups from all mainland states.

Current PGFA member facilities include Wembley Golf Complex, Moore Park Golf, North Adelaide Golf Course, St Andrews Beach Golf, and Albert Park Driving Range, among others.

For information, or to become a PGFA member, contact Anthony Lawrence at alawrence@clublinks.com.au or by phone at (03) 8320 5333.

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