A notion to create a golfing hub at Highfield Golf course could also result in the inclusion of other recreational activities at the site.
A institution representing 3 of the region’s golf clubs has proposed turning the 18-hollow Highfield course into a nine-hole direction and driving variety, so that you can integrate with the 18 holes on the Timaru Golf Club, to create a golfing hub.
Members of the hub could have get right of entry to to each guides, moving from the former to the latter as their gambling stepped forward. Members of the now-closed St Andrews Club would additionally use the hub.
The proposal is seen a means to address the oversupply of golfing courses, and assist golf equipment suffering with memberships. It will even, according to papers furnished to Timaru District councillors, allow for the opening of parts of the Highfield direction website online to be developed as cycling and strolling tracks.
Highfield Golf Club’s rent at the web page is due to expire next yr.
Last week, the Timaru District Council agreed to furnish $seventy five,000 closer to a commercial enterprise case study for the proposed golf hub.
Timaru District mayor Damon Odey stated the proposed development could also open up other opportunities.
“At the moment the clubs are going through the method of setting together a operating birthday celebration,” Odey stated.
“But if the council can paintings with the golf equipment, then it could provide other alternatives. There’s scope for greater walking and cycling tracks at the land, in addition to improved stormwater attenuation.”
Odey stated there was a risk to create something innovative.
“With human beings’s lives getting busier, there often isn’t always the time for human beings to spend numerous hours out on the direction. The proposed nine-hole course may want to help human beings get out and have a quicker game,” Odey stated.
Representatives from the Highfield, Timaru and St Andrews golfing clubs are aiming to percentage membership charges, introduce shorter codecs of the game and enlist the help of a professional trainer to create pathways into the game, as part of an effort to get juniors worried.
Timaru Golf Club president Harvey King said it wanted to talk to the council approximately what the funding intended for the mission.
“The clubs are all glad to development with this idea, however we want to get a shape together so we are able to press forward with elevating cash.”
King said the 9-hollow course idea would help inspire junior and casual gamers.
“There truely isn’t an street for younger gamers to get into the sport in the vicinity in the interim, so this is an opportunity to do something about that,” King said.
“We concept a 9-hollow route in a great valuable region could assist cope with that. It’s a whole new concept so we need to get our ducks in a row.”
A Parks and Recreation department document offered to Timaru District councillors says the proposed direction would occupy less land leaving room for stormwater retention dams, walking and cycling routes and possibly other land makes use of.
“A higher golfing revel in would result and might cater greater for juniors and informal players as well as ordinary golfers. There will be much less hazard of flooding to the Ashbury region and higher walking and biking linkages,” the report stated.
“Redesigning the route gives the opportunity to reduce dangers to belongings and the surroundings by mitigating flooding with a retention dam, overcoming sewer spills by way of making enhancements to the sewer and enhancing environmental control of the route. It may even lessen the danger of Council having to keep all of the land in the future.”