Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke at the official opening of the newly-upgraded Narrandera Golf Club.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke officially opened the newly-upgraded Narrandera Golf Club today, now complete with solar power and an irrigation system.

It comes after the project received $475,000 from the Stronger Country Communities Fund and $186,000 from the Infrastructure Grants program in February.

“I’m so excited to be here today at the Narrandera Golf Club to unveil the wonderful new upgrades that will really boost this Club and help the volunteers,” Ms Cooke said.

“We’re in for a hot summer and the solar panels will capture the sunlight coming our way over the next few months, cutting costs and increasing energy efficiency for the Golf Club.

“It’s also fantastic to see the old irrigation system has been completely modernised with new pumps, pipes and sprinklers. This will help control how the water is used on the grounds and means the Narrandera Golf Club can keep its greens looking great while reducing water wastage.

“Sport plays such a big role in the makeup of our communities, and having a well-maintained facility encourages more people to take part or to give a new sport a try.”

Narrandera Golf Club President Jeffrey Osmond said the upgrades will revitalise the Club, and attract more visitors to the region.

“It’s great that the $661,000 project is now complete as we really needed to get an irrigation system up and running,” Mr Osmond said.

“The course was completely dead and it’s now starting to come back beautifully, meaning players are returning to the course. Hopefully this will boost local competition and we can hold more tournaments in the years to come.”