Bonville wins four awards
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
DO you remember the night that 'Titanic' dominated the Oscars and took home 11 Academy Awards?
Turn to page 98 of this month's edition of Golf Australia magazine and you might get a feeling of deja vu.
Bonville International Golf Resort mightn't have won as many awards as the ill-fated 'unsinkable' ship but they're more than happy with the four gongs that the 90,000 readers of the magazine awarded them.
The resort won awards for the Best Presented Australian golf course, Best Australian public access course, Best Australian corporate golf venue and for the second year in a row, Bonville can lay claim to being voted the favourite Australian golfing resort.
Bonville's general manager Brad Daymond says that the awards are a tremendous pat on the back for everyone involved with the resort and that winning them is getting harder and harder every year.
"The hard work is in the constant presentation, its year round presentation because the people who read Golf Australia don't all come in and judge it on the same day, they judge it 365 days of the year," he explained.
"So the hard work is presenting the course 365 days of the year in the best possible condition that it can be presented. That's the hard part because someone who comes here today might get a different opinion than someone who was here last Friday if the course isn't presented as well.
"Under the old judging process, you would get a call and be told they were coming to judge your course, you could gear up for that day and that's wrong becuase if you're going to part with your money in the middle of winter, you still want a good experience."
There may be some doubters who would say that doing the year-round presentation shouldn't prove too difficult for Bonville considering the size of their staff, but Daymond scoffs at those suggestions.
"We've got approximately 250 hectares here. When you're talking about the course being that size and taking up that much ground, there's a lot more preparation involved in it than most other golf courses."
Daymond has been a part of the Bonville furniture now for over 15 years and he believes that the course is only now starting to realise it's potential that was dreamed of in the course's infancy.
He also understands that every other golf resort in the country will have Bonville in their sights to knock them off their perch in 2007.
No-one at the club wants that to happen and the promise that a huge effort to win best resort for a third year in a row has already been made.
For now though a short period of back slapping will be allowed. Especially at the staff party on Thursday night.