Fair­ways to come un­der new man­age­ment

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

Change is afoot for the pop­u­lar Chamberlain Park Golf Course.

Man­age­ment of the 18-hole course will change next month with the Auck­land Coun­cil de­cid­ing to take over its op­er­a­tion.

The course has been run by Auck­land City Golf Course Lim­ited for many years, but its lease of the Auck­land Coun­cil-owned land ends this month and the run­ning of the course will be taken over by coun­cil staff.

Coun­cil man­ager of recre­ation part­ner­ships, fund­ing and pro­grammes Sharon Rim­mer says City Parks Ser­vices will take over man­age­ment from July 1.

‘‘Auck­land City Golf Course Lim­ited has op­er­ated Chamberlain Park Golf Course since 1996 and has pro­vided Auck­land golfers with ex­cel­lent ser­vice at one of the re­gion’s most pop­u­lar cour­ses.

‘‘Con­ti­nu­ity of ser­vice is ex­tremely im­por­tant to the Auck­land Coun­cil and we will keep mem­bers and golf course users in­formed of any changes,’’ Ms Rim­mer says.

Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board deputy chair­woman Margi Wat­son says the fu­ture of Chamberlain Park as a golf course is se­cure.

‘‘Al­bert Eden Lo­cal Board is aware how spe­cial this golf course is to lo­cals and play­ers from across Auck­land. We see pro­vid­ing out­stand­ing and ac­ces­si­ble sport­ing and recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties for Auck­lan­ders as one of our high­est priorities.

‘‘We would like to re­as­sure golfers and lo­cals that this course will con­tinue to op­er­ate as a pop­u­lar public course.’’

Fel­low board mem­ber Pauline An­der­son says the board will look closely at how the land is used but also agreed golf will re­main a fix­ture of the area.

But she did not rule out mak­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions to how the land is used in fu­ture.

‘‘One of our key is­sues is a lack of green space and with in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion that short­age will be­come more mag­ni­fied,’’ she says.

‘‘We will be look­ing at what is the best use of that green space, but that’s a very long term thing re­ally.

‘‘But ab­so­lutely golf will re­main.’’

She says turn­ing it into a 9-hole course is a pos­si­bil­ity.

‘‘But it will have to go out for public con­sul­ta­tion.’’

Ms Rim­mer says City Parks Ser­vices has staff ex­pe­ri­enced in manag­ing golf cour­ses and looks for­ward to work­ing with the team at Chamberlain Park.

All cur­rent sea­son passes and con­ces­sion cards will be hon­oured and golfers should not be af­fected by the change in man­age­ment. Green fees will re­main the same.

Changes ahead: The fu­ture of Chamberlain Park Golf Course is a hot topic of con­ver­sa­tion.

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