Huntingdale Golf Club Clubhouse Redevelopment
Former home of the Australian Masters, Huntingdale
Golf Club, located in Melbourne’s famous sandbelt,
will begin a new chapter in its history in 2013
with construction of a brand new state of the art
Commencing in February 2013 the existing building
will be completely knocked to the ground and a new
facility approximately 20 per cent larger in area will be
built on the current site.
In contrast to the current east-west orientation of the
existing building, the new building will have a northsouth orientation aimed at maximising views and
achieving light and energy efficiency benefits.
The new design will offer 270-degree views with the
new clubhouse sitting up above a basement level with
views over the 1st, 9th, 10th, 12th, 16th, 17th and
famous 18th holes. The clubhouse is surrounded by
terrace areas and will offer both indoor and outdoor
The clubhouse and funding model was approved at
an Extraordinary General Meeting in May 2012 and
went through on a 94.4% approval vote. The project
will be funded by accumulated reserves and debt
funding with no levies or additional costs imposed on
The current clubhouse was originally built as a
temporary facility in 1941 and has had six extensions
since. Huntingdale’s Golf Shop, located beside the
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1st tee has been transformed into a high quality
temporary clubhouse which will be used until the new
clubhouse is opened in early 2014.
The temporary clubhouse will be able to seat 128
and will offer a full bar and kitchen facility. The Club’s
General Manager, Stewart Fenton noted that from
a member’s and corporate perspective 2013 will be
business as usual. “We have been very fortunate
having the existing two story Golf Shop available to
use as a temporary clubhouse. It has great views out
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over the course, is fully air conditioned and will have
full facilities so our membership and guests are sure
to experience the same high quality experience that
they currently enjoy”. Administration will move down
stairs into the existing office space and the Golf Shop
has moved into a high quality portable facility.
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The new clubhouse has been designed by Inarc
Architects and has a total project budget of $11
Taitapu new first green
Kura Golf Course Design completes a new showcase
No.1 green for Taitapu Golf Club. A 9-hole course,
Taitapu has a strong membership as well as
attracting many green fee players.
Located in the Canterbury Plains, the course is
relatively low-lying, and a previous construction of
the green and surrounds was suffering issues with
drainage and playability.
Seeding was completed last week on the green and
fairway approach. The Club is thrilled with the new
green, and while they can’t play it for some weeks
yet, David Livesey, Green’s Convenor, says that
‘visually it is a real enhancement to the course and
a stunning vista when stepping onto the elevated
For a 9-hole course, the Club is particularly pleased
with the achievement of having had professional
design by Kristine Kerr of Kura Design and
professional construction by golf specialists GRASS.
Livesey says ‘it’s been a very informative exercise
and interesting for the Club to see work done
professionally rather than with volunteer labour
which we very often rely on’.
Golf architect Kerr concurs that ‘even though it is
only one green, the Club showed great commitment
in doing the job properly, particularly when funds
may have been tight’.
The green will be open for play early in the New
Year and the members are looking forward to
sinking some putts!
Golf Industry Central Summer 2012