Nelson Golf Club president Derek Drysdale with the course's storm damage repairs. Photo: Sara Hollyman.

Grant helps repair storm-damaged golf course

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Nelson Golf Club is back in tip-top shape after a $30,000 flood-repair job.

The Tahunanui-based club was severely damaged when ex-tropical cyclone Fehi ripped through the region in February.

Club President Derek Drysdale says damage put “a strain” on the club but that the work has been finished in time for what is expected to be a busy summer.

“We suffered quite a lot of damage, not only along the shoreline but also around the first hole which is near the tidal creek.”

He says around 60 per cent of the tee was washed away and the fairway has browned after salt water flooded the grass.

The storm also battered other parts of the course, badly damaging the first, second and fourteenth holes.

Derek says the work to repair the course and add flood protections, like a new seawall, has cost approximately $30,000.

Repairs have just been completed thanks in part to a $20,000 grant from the New Zealand Community Trust, which was announced last week.

“The grant has been a huge help to us.”