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Albany golf course heritage listed

The West newspaper reported that the 110 year old Albany Golf Club course has been permanently listed on the State Register of Heritage Places in recognition of its role as a longstanding and significant recreation reserve. The Heritage Council said the course was established in 1900 with nine holes and was a drawcard for summer tourists and an economic asset to the burgeoning port town. The course was expanded to 18 holes in the 1960s. According to records, an English golfer visiting Albany suggested land at Middleton Beach would be ideal for a nine-hole course because the best golf courses were those on traditional links on seaside land. The idea was made public by the Albany Advertiser. The newspaper’s then-editor W. F. Forster was said to have been an advocate of the game. A committee of citizens raised £100 to build the course. Current director of golf Ian Redmond said the course had traditional and modern elements. The clubhouse was relatively new and not part of the heritage listing. “We’re still in the top 100 golf courses in Australia, which is good for a country club,” he said. Mr Redmond said the club had pursued heritage listing 10 years ago to safeguard the course, which had views of the ocean and hills, from potential threats of development.

new course

The Bayside Reader reports that Sandringham Golf Links will have new managers from June when nearby Royal Melbourne Golf Club takes charge. The private club has been chosen by Bayside Council to lease and manage the public course for up to three years. And while the council has insisted a radical revamp of the Cheltenham Rd site is not part of the lease agreement, it hasn’t ruled out future development. A large- scale expansion, including a three-storey, 80-room complex, was first mooted 17 months ago (“On course for cash”, Leader, October 27, 2008). Mayor Clifford Hayes said last week that such development was not part of the new lease. Cr Hayes said no plans would be considered without community consultation. The council was “committed to retaining public 18-hole golf at Sandringham Golf Links”, he said. Sandringham manager John Smith said he was sad to see his 45-year connection to the course end but couldn’t match the bid made by Royal Melbourne. “I enjoyed every minute of my time here and would love to have stayed, but I accept the decision made by council and wish Royal Melbourne the best.” Mr Smith said he believed the public did not want to see major development at the Links course. Mr Smith’s management term ends on June 30 when Royal Melbourne takes over. “I hope there isn’t too much change in the coming years and that people aren’t denied a good game of golf at an affordable price,” he said.

Sandringham Golf Club on Eastern Golf Club sale to be

finalized by June 30

The new owner of Doncaster’s Eastern Golf Course is expected to be announced by the end of June. Colliers International, the agent appointed to sell the 47ha golf club site, put the land on the market in August after the Eastern Golf Club secured land in the Yarra Valley for a new course. Colliers sales director Peter Bremner said the sale process was ongoing, but a result was expected before June 30. The club has appointed Greg Norman Golf Course Designs to develop plans for the new course on Victoria Rd, Yering. Club captain Peter Dane said he anticipated the planning process for the new course would take up to 12 months, and then construction could take another 24 months. The Doncaster Rd site is expected to be sold for about $90 million to a developer that will subdivide the site for residential development. The community and Manningham Council have been campaigning to preserve about 30 per cent for open space.

Golf club resort for sale - at a cool $8m

Adelaide Now reports that Victor Harbor’s golf course and 62-room hotel complex, the McCracken Country Club, is on the market for $8 million. Country Club Hotels & Resorts chief executive Andrew Bullock said investors were moving on to new projects after building up the site over the past 10 years. “Now is the right time. We think the signs of recovery in the hotel sector have been pretty sizeable . . . (and) South Australian tourism has been fairly resilient,” he said. “The property is fairly unique, though. We think the buyers will be out there regardless of the environment. But there is an enormous flow-on to the community, not only through salaries and wages but through purchasing and local distributors of fruit and vegetables. Whoever buys the property will still require (our) 70 staff and they will still need goods and services.” The sale includes the par-72 golf course and 62-room hotel complex, with convention centre built in 2005, and 14 lakes. Victor Harbor chief executive Graeme Maxwell said the sale was significant as the resort was not only one of the area’s biggest employers but was also a big supporter of the community. He believed it had been performing well “so an incoming operator is likely to want that to continue”.

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Fight over Chirnside Park

Country Club subdivision is over

The eight-year fight over the subdivision of the Chirnside Park Country Club is over, with the State Government granting approval for the rezoning of the land for housing. Planning Minister Justin Madden said the $300 million housing project would preserve 20 per cent of the golf course for public open space. “We are standing up for local jobs by facilitating important building projects during the ongoing global financial crisis,” Mr Madden said. Chirnside Park Country Club president Bruce Bower said the club’s future was now assured with Mr Madden’s decision to accept an advisory committee’s ruling to allow it to develop a new golf course in Lilydale. “Now we know that our club has a future and so, too, does public-access golf in the region - something we will continue to offer,” Mr Bower said. The club will build its new 18-hole championship golf course at the former CSR quarry site in Victoria Rd, Lilydale. Mr Bower said the redevelopment would be a boon for residents with the existing Kingswood Drive golf course transformed into a residential area that would also provide access to parkland, walking tracks and bike paths. President of Protect the Park in Chirnside Paul Jackman said he was disappointed that Mr Madden had not been more proscriptive on the development’s requirements and that residents stood to lose up to 80 per cent of their open space. “The decision shows how much of a farce the planning process really is. Justin Madden has been very dictatorial about this. Our interests have been totally overridden.” Mr Jackman said he would now approach council because it would need to approve the development plans. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24
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