Near-miss prompts higher fencing at Embleton Golf Course
A CLOSE call last week in which a two-year-old child was almost hit by a golf ball has prompted Bayswater Council to take urgent action to increase fencing at Embleton Golf Course.
The nine-hole course, built in the 1960s, is managed by Golf Oracle Pty Ltd.
Councillor Sally Palmer called for a review of safety at and around the course as urgent business at the July 24 council meeting after an increase in safety concerns from residents.
Cr Palmer’s alternate motion for the council to urgently take internal measures to increase course safety was passed.
Measures include changing fairway positions away from at-risk boundaries, increasing internal fencing and vegetation – especially between the eighth and ninth fairway and to the right of the first hole – and moving the ninth tee back to increase the distance to fence.
The estimated cost was $45,000.
Cr Palmer said she had received “masses of complaints” over an 18-month period, including a phone call from the mother of a two-year-old child who almost got hit by a golf ball just after 5pm on July 19.
“The child was in the push chair with the mother and the golf ball came and literally landed centimetres away from the child’s head,” she said.
“The mother phoned me straight away; she was obviously very, very concerned and shaken and so would I be.
“Once the Thursday night incident occurred, the CEO, the director, the Mayor and myself really had to put our heads together.
“I believe (Mayor) Dan Bull and CEO went down to see the parents who saw first-hand where the golf balls fly over the fencing.”
Cr Palmer said she had many pictures of golf balls landing on people’s gardens and bins.
“The Embleton course is a great public course so more people are playing golf and people want to live near the golf course, but we have to acknowledge that we need to keep them safe,” she said.
Cr Stephanie Gray said when the golf course was built in the 1960s, houses were all single storeys.
Many had since been developed into two storey houses, which had higher risks of damage.
A council report said a two-month notice to Golf Oracle was required for any work or redevelopment unless the work was deemed urgent.
An example of fencing at Embleton Golf Course.