ONE of Tasmania’s premier golf clubs is looking to turn some of its land into a residential subdivision in a bid to fund other upgrades to make it a golfing destination, says the club’s president.
The Royal Hobart Golf Club has submitted a development application to the Clarence City Council proposing a 47-lot subdivision at its Seven Mile Beach property.
Club president Colin Buxton said the club, which has been at the site since 1916, was looking to implement a masterplan to overhaul the ageing course.
“We are looking to make the golf club a destination and provide a better experience for our members and we need money to do that,” he said.
“We’re going to sell off this parcel of land in order to fund these developments.
“We’ve had this land as part of the golf club since its inception and it is already zoned residential and sits in the middle of an existing residential area.”
Prof Buxton said the club aimed to become more integrated with the growing local community amid uncertain times for golf.
“In a market where it’s increasingly difficult to survive, we’re well aware that golf membership has declined around the world,” he said.
“We’re very fortune in having a strong membership — we’re not doing this because we’re in financial difficulty.
“We’re just looking to enhance the experiences for our members and it is also contributing to [easing] the housing shortage in Tasmania.”
Also currently being developed in Seven Mile Beach is the One Hill Estate, which is a gated independent living village just three minutes’ walk to the beach.
When complete, there will be 50 three-bedroom units centred around a community lodge, with just 13 villas remaining on the market starting from $485,000.
The golf club’s development application is now open for public comment until November 7.