Club IQ -E-News
- Your name, your club and your position
Dominic Connaughton GM Narooma Golf Club ACCM JP
• 30yr member
• State councillor for the mid-state zone 9yrs
• Training officer for 3yrs mid-state zone
- What is your biggest or has been your biggest challenge with the club and your role.?
The biggest challenge with my current club would have to be when both bridges to our back 9 holes needed to be replaced due to one collapsing when a staff member was crossing the bridge on a course tractor (yes he was okay but a little shaken) and 3 months later the major bridge was condemned for usage of carts and club machinery by the local council (bridges were 40 yrs old). The problems associated with keeping the back 9 holes open was horrendous not to mention the impatient members putting forward all kinds of ideas to get the job done. Dealing with council and all the associated bodies including EPA, Heritage, Crown Lands, Marine Parks, DPI, permits and the list goes on!!!! Was really a nightmare but all worked out in the end.
- What has been some of your achievements or highlights since being at the club?
Aside from working achievements one of the best ones was resurrecting the course volunteers group which had all but been dead and buried. We involved the course super and some specific course management training to get them out on the course again. We now have a regular group of 30 plus who not only do tasks on the course but also do painting and minor jobs around and inside the club every week. They are a great bunch of volunteers who spend many hours improving their club and save tens of thousands of dollars annually in wages.
- Is there a piece of advice or something compelling you have learnt that you can pass on to our readers and up and coming managers.
One piece of advice to new managers would be to attend as many club related courses both CMAA and Clubs NSW and equally important is to work on building your networking pool of both club managers and trades representatives. When you get to senior management the more people you know and can discuss club issues with the easier it becomes to work out the difficult issues.
- Outside of the club and your role there. Do you have any hobbies or passions.. tell us a bit about you?
Obviously I love playing golf so working here has its benefits. We have very good golfing members, one group in particular are the “skins” group who enjoy a little punt on the round and also raise money for certain charities throughout the year. I unwind by riding my Honda VFR 800 on the many beautiful coastal roads which are untouched by straight new highways. Also swim to keep fit. The rest of the time when available is spent with my children and 3 grand kids!!!!!!