Golf Industry Central Autumn 2013 - Page 34

Course Updates Lane Cove Country Club Golf Club site to be redeveloped A FIVE-storey multipurpose sports centre has been planned at the Lane Cove Country Club, including the site of its clubhouse and tennis courts. But directors of the golf club claim several actions associated with Lane Cove Council’s development of the site will ensure the “death of the golf club”. The club is unhappy with the council refusing a long-term lease, uncertainty over future fees, interim accommodation during construction and the club’s location within the proposed development. “Our club and board have been in favour of helping the community and getting new facilities but the council has not been mitigating several risks to our survival,” said club director Ian Butters. “The way it has been handled seriously threatens the existence of our golf club that our members built. “Why should it unnecessarily kill off our golf club?” A council spokeswoman said the council has provided long-term security, including a short-term lease of five years for the existing facility until it is replaced and a 20-year option for access to the new facility. She said fees for the new facility have not been confirmed because the existing fee structure is not financially sustainable and a new one is needed. Bankstown Council Keen to Tee up Georges River Golf Club Decision BANKSTOWN Council is hoping to open dialogue with the State Government regarding the fate of Georges River Golf Club. Under a proposal by Bankstown Airport Out Tourism In (BAOTI), the State Government would transfer Georges River Golf Club lease to the council. BAOTI convenor Jon Hillman said he hoped the council would agree to the idea. 32 The club’s owners last year approached Bankstown Airport Limited (BAL) to discuss transferring the lease to the airport. The NSW Department of Planning rejected the proposal pending release and approval of BAL’s master plan in 2014. Bankstown Councillor Allan Winterbottom said he had spoken to other councillors about the proposal and they were hoping to take part in the dialogue that had been running between BAL and the NSW Government. BAL has refused to comment on the issue. A council spokesman said the council acknowledged the contribution of the airport to the city’s economy. “Council’s long-standing position has been to ensure its growth is consistent with the objectives of the city and does not compromise the amenity of its residents,” he said. Golf Clubs Move as Land Sought for Housing Two Auckland golf clubs are moving out of the suburbs and others are considering their options as developers seek land for housing. Nearly 1000 homes and a private school are set to be built on golf course land in deals providing lifelines to clubs facing financial pressure. Auckland needs land for future housing, and flat golf courses in the suburbs are being keenly sought by developers. Manukau Golf Club will move from suburban Takanini to rural Alfriston in several years, while North Shore’s Peninsula Club will relocate to rural Wainui. New Zealand Golf says the deals enable the clubs to clear debts and build more modern facilities to help alter a trend of ageing or declining memberships. Two other long-established clubs, Maungakiekie and The Grange, say they are considering options which they won’t yet disclose. The Golf Marketing Professionals www.golfindustrycentral.com.au Clubhouse has Potential to ‘reinvent’ Mudgee Golf Club Mudgee Golf Club is stepping into a new era, with a new general manager excited about the possibilities opening for the club with the imminent completion of its new club building. Ray Duncan has been at the golf club for two weeks, having moved to Mudgee following three years as general manager of Shortland Waters Golf Club. “The location is superb and the potential of the club now that they’ve built the building that they’ve built is a great opportunity,” he said. Following the destruction of the former club house days before Christmas 2010, the club began work on an impressive new facility scheduled for completion. The new club house will hold up to 250 patrons, and can be divided to host several smaller functions or opened to its full size for a major event. As w [\