Bonville named course of the year
NO New South Wales golf resort has ever won the 'course of the year' award from Golf Australia magazine.
Not until this week, when Bonville International Golf Resort broke the drought, right in the middle of fourteenth birthday celebrations.
General manager Brad Daymond said the award had added value being made by the magazine's readers.
"If the majority of 80,000 readers think we're the best then we must be doing something special," he said.
Daymond described the period following the Resort's change of ownership in 1999 as one of spectacular growth.
"Food and beverage turnover has doubled while golfing revenue has gone up 50% and much of that is repeat business," he said.
"It's a credit to the fantastic team of 78 staff who work with such passion to deliver quality and exceptional presentation."
The flood of awards coming through Bonville's doors in recent years is put down to an entreprenuerial focus, according to the club's GM.
"If you've got a product you must make it known to the market place," Daymond said.
"Getting awards for excellence ensures you're honest about your business.
"It means a self-checking process to get it right, or make the changes if things need doing better."
Looking back over 14 years, Daymond said hosting a PGA event on the Von Nida tour was a highlight.
"There's less focus on holding feature tournaments when events like those in the Birthday Bash are more our style," he said.
"We currently have something special every day till January 25.
"That way the Resort presents the 'wow' factor 365 days a year instead of for a few days."
In 14 years, Bonville has hosted many of Australian golfs biggest names.
"Peter Lonard, Peter O'Malley, Rod Pampling, Peter Senior and Paul Gow have all played the course," Daymond said.
"It would be nice to have the big three of Norman, Appleby and Allenby have a game.
"But don't forget all the other celebrity names we've managed to attract."
Marketing manager Damian Tarbox is quick to back up his chief when heralding the future direction of the resort.
"Right from the start, this has been a magnificent property," Tarbox said.
"Under the new ownership there's been an emphasis on the course itself, and while improvements are ongoing, the further development of the property as a whole has unlimited possibilities.
"Without being boastful, I feel the award from Golf Australia may be the start of more big things."