Golf clubs ace new revenue driver

July 5, 2023
Jane Louise

While many golf clubs around Australia are bringing in extra revenue with high-end accommodation, two South Australian clubs have tried something different.

Bordertown Golf Club and Loxton Golf Club might be 250 kilometres apart, but they have both hit on an innovative way to bring in extra income to their respective clubs by turning available land into camp sites.

Each venue has eight powered sites available to the public for just $25 a night.

Amenities are available as well as access to golfing packages.

Both clubs found that after their sites were set up, they were largely self-sufficient.

Loxton Golf Club opened their campgrounds around 15 years ago and it now generates $15-20,000 revenue each year, which is a “nice boost” for the club.

President Terry Sawade told Golf Australia they have received a lot of positive feedback over this time.

“Campers like it just the way it is. It’s cheap and it has everything they need,” said Sawade.

Sawade noticed that while around half the campers planned to golf, other campers decided to play once they had experienced the site.

Similarly, Bordertown Golf Club president Lynton Mackenzie advised the club has experienced a good financial boost from their campsite.

Bordertown also complements their camp site with short term golfing packages, kids’ programs and a ‘sip n swing’ event to encourage more diverse groups to be interested in the sport.

Both clubs have found that many campers become return visitors, with the campers feeling like they have found something special.

Golf Australia General Manager, Clubs and Facilities Damien de Bohun praised these clubs for their positive use of their lands.

“It’s great to see clubs across the country using their resources to drive positive impacts for themselves and their surrounding communities,” he said.

Loxton Golf Club

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Bordertown Golf Club, campgrounds, Loxton Golf Club


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