Cuts to the golf course at Breckenridge in Victoria will have to wait until next year after the state’s health minister confirmed the course would have to close for a month to avoid “catastrophic” heat wave.
“This will be a short closure,” Dr David Roberts told a press conference.
“It will take place on the first day of September and we will reopen to golf by the middle of next month.”
A press conference was held at the Breckentean Golf Club at the corner of the Melbourne CBD, where officials said the course was closed until September 6.
Photo: Supplied Dr Roberts said the decision to close the course came after extensive research by state health authorities, and the advice of the Queensland Health Department.
“The reason that we did this was that the number of heat-related deaths across the state, and we know that Breckendrenge is in Queensland, is very high,” he said.
“So that was a very significant decision for us to make.”
The golf course was reopened on September 5.
Dr Roberts is the state Health Minister for the Western Australia.
Photo by: James Brickwood Breckenhurst Golf Club, which was opened in the 1980s, has been closed for several weeks.
The facility has hosted some of the country’s top players, including former golfer Rory McIlroy, and has hosted the likes of Sir Tim Fossey, Mark Rogers and Rory McAlpine.
The club also has the world’s longest-running open-course championship.
“We will be closed until the end of September, but it is not going to be a very long closure,” Mr Roberts said.
Breckens Golf Course manager Peter Fagan said the closure was the first time in decades he had seen the club’s facility run on such short notice.
“At this stage it is still very early days, and it’s only been three weeks,” he told the ABC.
“If it takes us a little longer, we will do everything we can to accommodate all of our players.”
Mr Fagan also said there was a high chance of the club shutting down due to “a lack of staffing and facilities”.
He said it would be a “very traumatic event for all the people involved”.
“It is going to take us a long time to get through this and we’re going to keep going as long as we can,” he added.
“As a club we’re all very fortunate to have such a strong, loyal and committed membership, and hopefully it doesn’t get too far.”
There is no doubt this is a very tough time for the Brecks staff, our staff, the golf community and certainly the Breks players.
“But it’s hard to imagine that this is the kind of thing that could happen again, given the number and the seriousness of the events we are witnessing and the fact that it’s the first week of September.””
Obviously we don’t know exactly how this is going,” he wrote in an email to ABC News.
“But it’s hard to imagine that this is the kind of thing that could happen again, given the number and the seriousness of the events we are witnessing and the fact that it’s the first week of September.”
I have been told the Brekternies team is ready to make a swift, thorough and timely assessment to see how it will impact on their golf course and staff.
“And hopefully we will be back out on the fairways and the greens at some point in time.” “
All of us are looking forward to a very busy September,” he continued.
“And hopefully we will be back out on the fairways and the greens at some point in time.”
Dr Roberts declined to say whether the closure would be permanent.
“I’m not prepared to make any further comment at this stage,” he admitted.