20,000 balls hit already at new golf driving range
MORE than 20,000 golf balls have been hit at Regatta Waters Whitsundays’ brand new driving range since its opening last week.
Politicians, golf pros and a horde of locals have all lined up for a hit, welcoming the return of professional golfing facilities to the region.
Regatta Waters Whitsundays project marketing manager Steve Marks said the driving range had been warmly welcomed by the community.
“People are very supportive of this type of infrastructure going ahead, particularly as it has been privately funded by the developer of Regatta Waters,” he said.
“[And] the high traffic through the driving range to date bodes very well for the completion of the rest of the professionally designed golf course.”
Regatta Waters Whitsundays project manager Richard Fries hailed the first week a success, but for one group of players who hit five balls onto Shute Harbour Road.
“That was disappointing to see but we’ve since implemented changes which will prevent it from happening again,” he said.
Regatta Waters developer, Latitude Development Group (LDG), has now put on a full time staff member to monitor the driving range and behaviour of customers, to ensure they are playing safely.
LDG has also ordered and already installed some additional fencing and netting to alleviate the issue of stray golf balls along Shute Harbour Road.
The driving range will be open every day from 6am to 6pm.
A practice green is also currently under construction and will be complete in six to eight weeks.