Thursday, 9 May 2019
is asking for community feedback on its draft Golf Facilities Strategy 2019-21.
The draft strategy provides a clear vision for the future use and management of
golf facilities on City of Greater Geelong-owned land or crown land leases.
It sets a plan to work with tenant clubs to maximise the social, health and
wellbeing benefits golf offers to the community, while helping to ensure the
region’s public courses are sustainably managed.
If the strategy is adopted, the City of Greater Geelong will step away from
directly operating golf facilities over the next three years, but will continue
to support clubs to achieve sustainable management models.
The proposed transition would see Lara and Queens Park join Barwon Valley,
Clifton Springs, East Geelong and Ocean Grove as courses operated by their resident
clubs on low-cost, long-term leases. The City would also investigate options
for the Balyang Par 3 course.
The strategy has been developed with the help of valuable input from the clubs’
committees and members, plus the wider community.
It aims to see the region’s public golf clubs continuing to compete in the crowded
sport and leisure market, while giving the community access to affordable golf
Clubs will be assisted to be strongly customer-focused and to work on
initiatives that make their facilities attractive to women, families and
The draft is available for feedback until 29 May.
Harwood – Mayor:
This draft strategy has been developed through a
very detailed process that included consultation with the clubs and the wider
Council supports golf and the health and wellbeing
benefits it brings. Our aim with this proposed club-based management model is
to make sure all publicly owned courses in Greater Geelong are sustainable and
can continue to offer affordable and accessible facilities to the general
public well into the future.
We’re keen for all members of the community to log on and share their thoughts
on the draft strategy.
Councillor Peter Murrihy, Co-Chair, Social
and Infrastructure Planning portfolio:
Golf is facing challenges and we want to
see the region’s public golf clubs remain competitive in the sport and leisure
I encourage all golfers,
club committee members and community members to have their say on this draft
Golf Facilities Strategy for 2019-21, which aims to give locals and visitors
access to affordable golf courses.