Yass Golf Club stalwart Ian Lumsden admits the future of his beloved watering hole is in doubt due to dwindling member numbers and increased costs.
Mr Lumsden, treasurer, said the golf club’s situation is getting more dire every year.
“Costs are rising and wages are rising and people don't want to pay any more for their membership subscription.
“The golf course is still operating fine but we still need more members.”
Mr Lumsden claims it is not just Yass that is having a tough time of it; the problem is nation-wide.
“It's not just us; it's every golf club in NSW, probably Australia.”
The golf club’s geographical location is also thought to be an issue as it is a distance from the main street.
Other marketing tools, such as the huge raffle that is currently giving out $100 tickets, are being done but at this point according to Mr Lumsden none of it is working.
Council delegate on the sports council, Bill Luchetti, is sympathetic of the club’s position and believes its importance to the community is invaluable.
“I can’t imagine Yass without a golf club,” he said.
“It is an essential part of our sporting infrastructure and we have to do everything we can to save it.”
After receiving a letter, council spoke of the club at the last council meeting and decided on a way to help.
“We have helped by giving them a much cheaper rate on their water use,” Mr Luchetti said.
“It is a significant reduction, almost half of what is usually paid.”
But Mr Luchetti said the best chance the club has to survive is with the help of the community.
“The golf club is getting to the point where they have tried everything they can.
“Anything the community can do is great and it is going to take a combined effort from all of us to keep it all going.”
The golf club raffle will be drawn on September 1. Tickets cost $100, with a Toyota Yaris on offer.