NEWLY appointed Griffith Golf Club professional Brett Dwyer says he shares none of the concerns surrounding low membership numbers that led to the departure of his predecessor, Warwick Hazel.
Dwyer - the current golf pro at Narrandera - has accepted the post left vacant by Hazel, who dramatically walked out on the club in January after just seven months in the job.
Hazel had been involved in a dispute with the club's board and claimed the business "couldn't survive" with what he perceived to be a dearth of active players and members.
However, Dwyer told The Area News he has done his due dilligence and believes the Griffith club is a "terrific business opportunity".
"I have done a lot extensive research into the marketplace there, into the golfer base, I've had a look at some historical records going back even further, and I'm quite happy with the club's potential," he said.
"The club has been very cordial and up-front with every bit of information I've asked them to supply. I dont wan't to make any aspersions on what the previous pro has said or not, but coming from Narrandera, they're very good numbers.
"I'll be disappointed if I can't improve them that's part of my role.
"That was a large part of my presentation to the club."
The Casino-born golfer has been in the PGA since 1989 and said he feels at home servicing country areas, having spent close to two years in Narrandera.
Before that, Dwyer had worked at the Longyard Golf Course in Tamworth and also held senior roles at Warringah and in his hometown.
"I think some of the pros aren't aware of some of the value in these regional jobs," he said.
"I look at Griffith as quite a prized position for me."
Griffith Golf Club manager Wayne Moat said he was delighted with Dwyer's appointment, and said his likely start date would be towards the end of March.
"He knows all about the game and our numbers so we hope all the members support and welcome him," he said.
"We've only had three pros in 30-odd years before him so we're glad to have him on board and wish him all the best."