Fairways to come under new management
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.