Tuesday, 30 May 2023

Australias wettest towns including the Sydney golf course that has recorded 213% of its average yearly rainfall

Australias wettest towns including the Sydney golf course that has recorded 213% of its average yearly rainfall


Australias wettest towns including the Sydney golf course that has recorded 213% of its average yearly rainfall

It's been a miserable year for golf in inner-western Sydney. So much so, the punters at the Marrickville golf club have joked they may as well strike a deal with Sea World and put shark cages on the greens.

With two months to go until the end of the year, the Marrickville course has received more than double its annual average rainfall - placing it among six Sydney locations in the country's Top 10 for above-average falls.

Marrickville groundskeeper Wayne "Rocky" Beckhaus is not surprised. By 25 October, the Bureau of Meteorology had recorded 2,154mm of rain in the club's gauge - 213.1% of its annual mean of 1,010.8mm.

Now 63, Beckhaus lives in the club's cottage after growing up playing the course and tending its greens most his working life. His dad, Merv, 88, still regularly plays there.

"In all the years I've been here, I've never seen it like this," he says. "I've seen floods, OK, the river's broken its banks, sure, but I've never seen it this way."

The club's general manager, Michelle Vernon, says the exceptionally heavy and prolonged rains came on the back of Covid-19 lockdowns and had seen the club wargaming "potential worst case scenarios".

"It's been a struggle," she says.

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