20,000 balls hit al­ready at new golf driv­ing range

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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