Twelve months ago - nearly to the day - Wentworth Golf Club manager James Bale stood "devastated and soul searching" in the ruins of the clubhouse which had been burned down in the early hours of May 18.
Now, despite needing to source a temporary clubhouse, going through a merger with the Orange Ex-Services' Club and now two months worth of a global pandemic, Mr Bale said Wentworth is like a "phoenix rising from the ashes".
The club has never seen golfing numbers like it has over the past two months, with participation up 30 per cent on this time last year, and numbers higher than any in the past five years.
"We were surprised, with everything else being shut down there were a lot of people in the community say 'what are we going to do now' - but it's caused a resurgence," Mr Bale said.
"We've just had huge numbers. I thought once we went back to groups of two it'd be tough but it's been invigorating."
Mr Bale said golfers had booked in for a round "just to support Wentworth", and over summer before coronavirus shutdowns some would come up just for a drink at the temporary club house to put money in the club's coffers.
"That's the kind of thing we're getting all the time," he said.
"It's good to see people are caring about that."
Orange Ex-Services' Club CFO Evan Webb said the high numbers hadn't been seen "for years".
"We've had record numbers for the last week, we're booked out for this weekend and booked out for the following weekend as well so it's been terrific."
The club was granted $22,500 in funding on Friday for additional concrete pathing around the course for golf carts to protect the fairways, with Mr Webb saying it was part of the club's long-term goal to have the entire 18 holes connected by paths.
"We'll get those concreters and make sure [golf buggies] are staying off the grass."
Member for Orange Phil Donato handed over the money and said the course had been vital during coronavirus restrictions.
"Golf at the moment is doing really well, obviously with the COVID stuff you're still allowed to play golf and for all the patrons up here this will really help improving the facilities," he said.