Golf course way of the fu­ture

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By BRYCE LUFF

GOLFERS could tee off at the re­vamped Lake Clare­mont Golf Course as early as Septem­ber 1.

The fa­cil­ity has been closed since July 2016 af­ter the Town of Clare­mont en­dorsed a plan to re-de­sign each of its nine holes and up­grade the old club rooms.

The Town is hope­ful the fresh lay­out, de­signed by renowned course ar­chi­tect Terry Gale, will pro­vide a challenge for ex­pe­ri­enced golfers while also be­ing ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple who are new to the sport.

The re­de­vel­op­ment of the course, es­tab­lished in the 1960s, was bud­geted for $1 mil­lion but the Town said it would come in un­der bud­get at $900,000.

Work on the grounds and clu­b­rooms should wrap in late Au­gust in time for a Septem­ber start.

Course op­er­a­tor Nigel Wil­liams, of golf fa­cil­ity man­age­ment firm Golf Or­a­cle, said the new lay­out was ex­cit­ing.

“What they had be­fore was flat greens that were very small,” he said.

“There was noth­ing ex­cit­ing to it, no challenge re­ally.

“Now you have to hit your shot to a par­tic­u­lar part of the green be­cause if you don’t you will have a big mound to go over, which will make it much more dif­fi­cult.

“It’s go­ing to be chal­leng­ing.” Mr Wil­liams pre­dicted the course, which in­cludes holes rang­ing from 70 me­tres to 130 me­tres in length, could pro­vide a blue­print for oth­ers in Perth.

“A big nine-hole or big 18-hole golf course takes a lot of time. This one you can get around it in an hour in­stead of three or four hours,” he said.

“I think this is the fu­ture of golf: lit­tle nine-hole golf courses where peo­ple can come out and play with their fam­ily.”

Clare­mont Mayor Jock Barker was con­fi­dent the 14-month clo­sure would be worth it in the long run.

“We un­der­stand some of the golfers that played here reg­u­larly would like to have seen it kept open but it just wasn’t up to scratch as it was,” he said.

“Today, it’s a mod­ern golf course and it’s go­ing to work ter­rif­i­cally for the Town and sur­round­ing sub­urbs.”

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Golf course op­er­a­tor Nigel Wil­liams with Clare­mont Mayor Jock Barker.

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