Fears over golf course tavern
CLAREMONT Council only wants up to 60 drinkers at a proposed tavern for Lake Claremont Golf Course.
“I note that residents of Claremont on the Park apartments may also use the tavern as their local watering hole and not go to Bay View Terrace, and this will further increase congestion on our street,” Ray Sebo, a homeowner on adjacent Lapsley Road, said at a recent council meeting.
Mr Sabo said the course’s gym, cafe and a new adventure playground for children had increased traffic in the area.
Course operator Golf Oracle wants the Golf Box clubhouse to be licensed to supply alcohol, which could also be drunk on the course until 8pm, Sunday to Thursday, and 10pm Friday to Saturday.
The council had nine public submissions, out of 98 addresses contacted, in opposition with fears of noise, rubbish, congestion, new trading hours, anti-social behaviour and lower property values.
Golf Oracle’s submission stated those against were “only a tiny minority” of the area’s population and that it had several demands daily for liquor usually provided at public and private golf clubs.
“The operator is also having to deal with confused and unhappy patrons when they are informed there isn’t one currently and there is an extensive application process unfolding,” a staff report said.
Councillors were concerned about drinking on the course and up to 100 cars leaving at closing.
“It’s possible the Golf Box could become a regular drinking venue to up to 120 people at any given time,” Cr Peter Browne said.
Cr Kate Main said it was “tradition” golfers had a beer on the course, but Cr Bruce Haynes said the request to drink on the fairways was for overflow from a clubhouse function.
The council agreed to advise the WA Planning Commission.
It wants the tavern limited to a daily closing time of 8pm and a 60-drinker limit in an enclosed area near the clubhouse.