Falling membership puts golf club in recess
The Karoonda Golf Club has confirmed it will not be able to open at all this year because there are not enough players wanting to use the course.
Last month, the club went into recess, unable to afford its land lease due to declining memberships.
Club president Chris Muenster says it will have to wait until the end of year to make a final decision on its future.
He says it is especially disappointing as the club only needs one more player but its search has been exhaustive.
"We just think it's a sign of the times," he said.
"We just lack players and the players we've got are family committed and we can understand that.
"They've got young families and they're farmers, so they're busy once the rains come, so we lose them anyway ... it is sad but it's just part and parcel with the small farming communities I think."
The Karoonda East Murray Council has agreed to cover some of the club's costs while it is closed and will shift its gymnasium to the clubrooms in the meantime.