Gold Coast Arundel Hills Country Club in administration after kangaroo attacks and financial problems
An Australian golf course made famous after players were terrorized by a series of kangaroo attacks has abruptly closed and is unlikely to pay off its debts.
Trustees announced that the Arundel Hills Country Club on the Gold Coast would close “immediately” due to financial conflicts in a letter sent to members on Tuesday.
The collapse comes after several golfers at the popular country club were brutally attacked by wild kangaroos, with at least 15 people attacked and two hospitalized.
Staff and members of Arundel Hills Country Club (pictured the club’s locked front door on Wednesday May 25) received an email on Tuesday describing that the club had been closed and placed into administration
Mary Kohler had cuts to her neck, back and arms (pictured) after she was attacked by a kangaroo while golfing with friends at Arundel Hills Country Club on the Gold Coast.
Mary Kohler, 64, was enjoying a round with a group of friends earlier this month when an attack by ‘roo left her with large cuts on her neck, arms and back.
‘I didn’t see what hit me. One of my friends jumped out of the cart with a golf club and hit me in the back with the kangaroo,” Kohler told 9News.
‘It was pretty scary. At the time I did not realize the extent of my injuries.’
Concerned members have increasingly been forced to defend themselves with their own golf clubs, as the aggressive marsupials refuse to budge from the greens and openly attack players.
Amateur golfer Wendy Powick (pictured) was stunned when a huge crowd of kangaroos parked across the fairway from the country club.
Amateur golfer Wendy Powick posted a video of when a crowd of kangaroos parked on the fairway of the golf course and waited for her to play.
Footage captured last year shows the moment Ms. Powick was preparing to swing off the tee when a large group of at least 15 kangaroos appeared in the distance and invaded the green.
Members of the Arundel Hills Country Club received a letter from administrators at 7:01 pm on Tuesday, one minute after the club closed its doors for the last time.
Staff were told in the email not to return to work after the Gold Coast golf course was placed on outside management.
Grant Thornton manager Graham Killer said the company’s “financial position and the fact that the company must vacate the property” led to the decision to close the club.
“This week, we will review company records to ensure we have all membership agreements to verify member details,” Killer said.
“We will confirm the amount each member is entitled to claim under their agreement within the next 10 days.”
Members had complained about the dilapidated state of the club for more than three years due to facilities at the venue becoming unusable (social seating in the club pictured)
Club member Scott Powick said his and his wife’s membership dues were withdrawn from their account the morning the club closed.
“Our membership fee was withdrawn yesterday morning, I even told my wife ‘look at that, they’ve taken it two days before’,” Mr Powick told Daily Mail Australia.
Some members had the fee deducted from their accounts two weeks before the scheduled payment date.
‘You can’t tell me the manager on site didn’t know about the closure.’
Each of the Arundel Hills members paid about $3,600 a year, most of them elderly or retired.
The country club, owned by Chinese Zhongsheng Management Pty Ltd, was first developed by the Japanese in the 1990s and was once considered the jewel of the famous coastal golf club circuit.
Powick said members had no idea the club was closing and are unable to access thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment in lockers on the property.
Members had complained about the dilapidated state of the club for more than three years, as the venue’s facilities and golf carts were rendered unusable.
“The pool and sauna were closed and turned off because they were so run down we couldn’t use them,” Powick said.
“The club had 38 broken golf carts and the staff even had to go to the BWS (bottle shop) to stock the bar because the alcohol suppliers hadn’t been paid.”
Club member Scott Powick said 38 golf carts were broken and management had closed the sauna (pictured) and showers for more than a year due to lack of maintenance.
Powick said surveyors were on the property for a month before closing, and one told him, “We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t intend to break it up.”
Administrators will initiate an investigation into the club’s finances to provide information to members and creditors.
Killer has asked country club members and creditors to be patient while the investigation takes place.
“In the coming week, we will review the membership agreements and determine the amount each member is entitled to claim,” Killer said.
“We understand that several members are currently keeping their golf clubs and other personal property on the premises.
“We will be contacting members to provide times this week to arrange for the collection of these personal items.”
The creditors’ meeting is scheduled to take place in eight days. Killer said the club’s directors and a related party are considering proposing a settlement deed that, if successful, would see a better return for creditors.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Arundel Hills Country Club for comment.