After a turbulent few years, the Horsham Golf Club has back on track having enjoyed a stellar year.
Club president Gerard Bardell said he was thrilled with the club's position, but noted the club was lucky to be in the position it was to manage the current climate.
"We're very fortunate now that through a lot of hard work we're back on top of our financial problems and we're in a position to manage (the lockdowns)," he said.
"I don't think that would have been the case a few years ago."
The club were in dire financial straits in between 2016 and 2018, with club debt growing to $1.4 million and losses of $279,000.
During this time the club's membership had dwindled since 2009, dropping from nearly 800 members to 440 in June 2018.
Now the Horsham Golf Club boasts 770 members, with 100 new members joining across 2020-21, according to Mr Bardell.
"The opportunity now is just to keep the momentum going," Mr Bardell said.
Visitation has been another growth area for the club, Mr Bardell said, with Horsham forming one part of a tour loop from the Bellarine peninsula to the Murray River.
"We see visitation as a growth area for us... which has been very pleasing to see," he said.
"Melbourne golfers often go through the Bellarine peninsula, go to areas like Thirteenth Beach and Port Fairy, through the Grampians, then Horsham and the Silo Trail up to the Murray Downs.
"That's a really nice loop for the Melbourne folk."
While visitors to the club will remain Victorian for the near future, Mr Bardell hopes once restrictions loosen visitors from across Australia will visit the club.
"As the borders open up, we'll see a few people start to travel around, doing the golf circuits, which will be great to see," Mr Bardell said.
The future looks bright for the Horsham Golf Club - not least thanks to the club's new solar project.
The club is using the lockdown to install solar panels and build a practise fairway.
"We can do that at the moment without causing any nuisance to any of the members and have it ready to go when they get back," Mr Bardell said.
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