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« 2021-May-02, 07:12 PM Reply #175 »
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« 2021-May-03, 09:42 AM Reply #176 »
Course hits rough amid ‘war on golf’


David Orr, who is fighting to keep the now closed North Lakes Golf Course from being developed; and (inset) protest signs. Pictures: Tara Croser

WHEN David and Margaret Orr moved into their new home in 2017 they were thrilled to be able to walk from their back yard on to the first tee of one of Australia’s top golf courses.

Three years later, the once manicured greens at North Lakes Golf Course, north of Brisbane, are overgrown with weeds after the site was sold to developers for a planned retirement village.

The couple find themselves at the frontline of what some in the $1.2bn industry are calling “a war on golf” as courses and driving ranges throughout the country are turned over for parkland, housing and other developments. The closures come despite the number of golf club members more than doubling over the past 12 months.

The Orrs, both keen golfers who moved from Sydney, were attracted by slick marketing from developer Stockland that boasted an “exclusive selection of home sites nestled by the 18-hole championship golf course” designed by PGA champion Graham Marsh.

“We used to be able to walk out of our back door on to the first tee,” Mr Orr said. “About 300 homes front directly on to the golf course and it was a selling point.”

Stockland later sold the course to a private operator, but it remained a social hub not only for golfers, but the local community. “There was a restaurant where they held steak and Italian nights and a function centre that hosted weddings,” Mr Orr said.

He said the decision to close the course came out of the blue in 2019 and shocked club members and the broader community.

“I was sitting in the clubhouse after a round of golf when the manager came up and told me the course was being shut down,” he said.

“We were told that golf was a dying sport and the course wasn’t making any money. But there are courses just down the road that are not accepting new members because of demand.”

Property records show the course was sold by a company called Global Sport North Lakes to JH Northlakes for $11.3m in June 2019.

JH Northlakes is controlled by Justin Harrison, the head of a Brisbane-based residential aged-care developer.

Moreton Bay Regional Council said it had received legal advice that it had to consider a development plan for the retirement village, despite it being listed as a “prohibited development” under its control plan for the area.

North Lakes has become an increasingly bitter flashpoint between players and an alliance of developers, who eye the potential of the land for other uses, and environmentalists who see the courses as environmental wastelands.

In June, Brisbane City Council will shut the popular Victoria Park Golf Course, operating since 1898, and transform it into a public parkland with what it calls “something for everybody”.

The industry’s peak body, Golf Australia, said membership at golf courses had surged 126 per cent over the past year. Chief executive James Sutherland said while urbanisation pressures were affecting the sport, golf courses around the country were continuing to expand.

North Lakes residents have formed The Save North Lakes Golf Course support group to fight the development.


Be a great result if the course is saved people bought their homes on the basis of golf course accessibility hopefully the developers won't turn it into more housing.

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