Golf op­tions

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

I have been mis­quoted in my com­ments about how the 18-hole op­tions for Cham­ber­lain Park ( Auck­land City Har­bour News, April 29) are very dif­fer­ent from the ex­ist­ing course.

My ref­er­ence to buf­fers was about the need for safety buf­fers be­tween golf and any other ac­tiv­i­ties at the park.

As Mr Quince says there could be ‘‘real health and safety is­sues’’ mix­ing golf with other ac­tiv­i­ties.

At present all 33.91 hectares are used ex­clu­sively for an 18-hole golf course. To safely fit any other ac­tiv­ity into this park re­quires a re­duc­tion in the land de­voted to golf.

Op­tion 1 re­duces the ex­ist­ing 18-hole golf course to 30.13 hectares (89 per cent of the park) to free up 3.78 hectares for new pas­sive ac­tiv­i­ties.

Op­tion 2 has an even tighter 18-hole golf course on 23.44 hectares (69 per cent of the park) plus new golf fa­cil­i­ties such as a driv­ing range, prac­tice area, etc.

Op­tion 3 has the same golf course as Op­tion 2 but with play­ing fields in­stead of the driv­ing range

Op­tion 4 is for a gen­er­ously spaced 9-hole course on 16.75 hectares plus all the other golf­ing fa­cil­i­ties and play­ing fields.

I urge read­ers to care­fully con­sider th­ese al­ter­na­tives.

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