Fun on the fairway

James Hynson loves getting out on the golf course.

James Hynson has channelled his boundless energy into golf.

The Gisborne man is not letting disability get in the way of embracing a pastime good for the mind, body and soul.

For the past year, James and his community support person, Sam Santo, have taken to Woodend Golf Course every Thursday afternoon.

James says it’s his goal to build his skills to play in the club’s weekly competition. He is also keen to one day take a golf cart for a spin.

Described as “larger than life”, James has made it his mission to get to know fellow players.

Sam said the golf trips all began when James’s dad gave him an old set of golf clubs to try.

“It has turned into so much more. James absolutely loves coming to the golf club,” he said.

“It’s great that the club has been so welcoming.”

Sam said the golf club had welcomed another client who enjoys volunteer work in recycling.

Woodend Golf Club secretary Barney Hearnden said the club welcomed all members of the community whether they were there to play golf or just enjoy the atmosphere.

“Friendliness is something we cherish as a core value at the club,” he said.

“We have some members who just like to be on the course for the social aspect and enjoy watching while their friends play a game. We’ve got a great community asset here and we want to share that with everyone.”

Barney said there were still some safety works to be completed around the club including a revamp of the kitchen, changes to the bathroom facilities and a ramp to improve access.

He said Macedon Ranges Shire Council had a plan to make it safe for the community by June next year. A longer-term plan would consider further upgrades or a complete new facility.