Pressure on courses
An economist has suggested houses should be built on golf courses owned by the Auckland City Council. Shamubeel Eaqub has mooted the idea in a book he published recently.
“In Auckland, the council owns something like thirteen golf courses. And we have to ask some very hard questions on what is the value of that land, and is it being put to the best use?” he said.
“It doesn’t mean we need to raze the whole thing and build all over it but if we put housing in it, around it, through it, it might be that we’re able to use our land much better.
“The reality is we’re not using our land to the best advantage in having open green spaces for pony clubs and for golf courses.”
Eaqub’s idea may be unpopular but it’s not new news. There are already talks about redeveloping council-owned Chamberlain Park golf course to include a broader range of recreation uses, including playing fields.