Capricorn Country Club golf pro Colin Baynton will be closing up shop in a few weeks.
Capricorn Country Club golf pro Colin Baynton will be closing up shop in a few weeks. Chris Ison

Golf pro makes tough call to close

ROCKHAMPTON golf pro Colin Baynton said he thought there was only a slim chance the Capricorn Country Club could survive – and only if it brought in professional management.

Colin, who has run the pro-shop and driving range at the North Rockhampton course since the start of 2008, was abandoning his business because he said it was impossible for him to make a living there.

“There’s no money here. The club is on the verge,” he said, announcing a closing down sale on an estimated $100,000 worth of stock.

“I think it could be a viable club with the appropriate management, but I have no confidence it can survive with the current set-up. We had four people playing on Monday.”

Club president Joyce Currie said she would be sad to see Colin go but understood his reasons.

And although she said operating without a professional would make surviving even more difficult, she was confident the club would pull through.

“We are having a tough time because of the floods and we are having trouble catching up with the bills, but I’m confident we can tough it out,” she said.

“It will take time and hard work, but we have some initiatives. We just need more people to play golf.”

Colin, 33, a professional for 11 years, is joining the service department at DC Motors and said he doubted he would ever return to golf as a career.

“It’s a big decision to get out of the industry. I’ve been wrestling with it for the past six months but in the end it comes down to simple economics. I can’t make a living and with a wife and two children that has to change,” he said.

He said he had worked 90 hours a week, every day for two-and-a-half years without a holiday.

“I really love the game, but it’s been no fun,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to the day when it’s over.”

The Capricorn Country Club is 27 years old.



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