Golf Fa­cil­i­ties Plan

The Cut - - NEW ZEALAND GOLF -

In a bid to ease mount­ing con­cerns, a di­rect re­sponse fro­mom Auck­land Coun­cil stated that the pur­pose of the Golf Fa­cil­i­ties Plan “is not to pro­pose selling golf land”.

“It will iden­tify cur­rent and fu­ture pro­vi­sion lev­els and what might need to change,” says Paul Mar­riott-Lloyd, team leader, Parks and Recre­ation Pol­icy — Cen­tral, Auck­land Coun­cil.

“The need of the Golf Fa­cil­i­ties Plan de­rives from an Auck­land Coun­cil di­rec­tive to en­sure recre­ation and sport fa­cil­i­ties keep up with a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion.”

The main com­po­nents of the plan, ac­cord­ing to Mar­riott-Lloyd, aim to pro­vide an over­view of “de­mo­graphic and golf par­tic­i­pa­tion” trends, pro­vid­ing an over­view of cur­rent lease ar­range­ments and the im­pact on dif­fer­ent golf busi­ness mod­els on the long-term sus­tain­abil­ity of golf clubs across the city.

As CEO of New Zealand Golf, the game’s gov­ern­ing body, Dean Mur­phy re­mains un­fazed by the “in­ac­cu­rate media re­port­ing” of late late, but ac­knowl­edges that such “sen­sa­tion­al­ism” has led to a more public dis­cus­sion of the re­view process.

“New Zealand Golf fully sup­ports the coun­cil de­vel­op­ing a Golf Fa­cil­i­ties Plan,” says Mur­phy, al­lud­ing also to the Sport Fa­cil­i­ties Net­work Plan, out­lin­ing the sport fa­cil­ity needs of 36 sports in Auck­land for the next 20 years.

“We think it is vi­tally im­por­tant the coun­cil, and the golf sec­tor as a whole, has a strate­gic doc­u­ment in place that sets an ideal fu­ture state for the pro­vi­sion of golf across Auck­land.

“Golf is just one part of this plan in that re­spect and this is not a quick pro­ject; a lot of anal­y­sis and re­search is re­quired.”

De­spite a uni­fied re­sponse, Whi­ley be­lieves Auck­land Coun­cil has failed to put the is­sue to bed, lament­ing a lack of clar­ity for the re­gion’s 13 golf clubs still in the dark.

“Why haven’t they shut it down?” he asks. “They could have easily slammed Eaqub’s com­ments as not be­ing on the cards. Where was the hard ‘no’ that the golf­ing com­mu­nity needed to hear?”

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