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Whakatane Bowling Club

Whakatane, New Zealand

This is a classic story of a club focusing on their core business – providing the very best playing facilities for their members and visitors, by way of asset sales.

When Don McGlashen and his team at Whakatane Bowling Club decided that the successful future for the club depended on providing quality facilities, the decision was made to sell off one of their 3 existing greens and a property that included a house on the other side of the club.  The green was sold to a developer and a small, attractive housing estate is now located there.  The sale of these assets enabled the club to invest in two all-weather, low maintenance greens, allowing members to play ‘’the great game’’ throughout a 12 month season!

A contract with TigerTurf was entered into on 25th July to supply and install two World Bowls Approved GreenWeave surfaces.  The installation was completed on the 7th October.  Don McGlashen, Project Coordinator and Club Treasurer, was happy to confirm that “Club members, as well as members of all Eastern Bay Clubs, participated in the opening and were very complimentary on the softness of the surface as well as the speed achieved after only being finished the previous week.  So far, the club is entirely pleased with the change to GreenWeave and we look forward to many years of maintenance free top bowling.”

The restructuring of the clubs asset base also gave them the funds to complete repairs and additions to the clubs facilities including painting, new signage, fencing, a pebble garden with seating and tables, upgrading of shelters and capping boards and more – and still leaving the club with surplus funds in the bank.

Don McGlashen concluded that “the playing surfaces have been converted as planned and are indeed top class, the surrounds and Club House look smart and are reasonably secure.  As well as this, the Club will have no debt for the coming year, and can look forward to a future with first class facilities and a number of new members”.

This is a classic story of a club focusing on their core business – providing the very best playing facilities for their members and visitors, by way of asset sales. The low maintenance costs, together with a 12 month season will also mean that the club will have greatly reduced costs during the years ahead, whilst enjoying Bowls on surfaces that are of the highest international standards.

Date Project Completed: September 2011

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Surface: GreenWeave surface with 5mm comfort pad

Base: Dynamic base

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