The future of Tamahere’s Riverside Golf Club – eventually to be divided by the Southern Links ring road south of Hamilton – could be decided as soon as mid-year.
The NZ Transport Agency has accepted the club’s need to speed up decisions about its future after the designated route was identified three years ago but the road’s construction was not expected to begin for around 15 years or more.
“NZTA has accepted the club’s need to expedite the process,” said club president Craig Meinsmith in a letter to members.
NZTA had acknowledged that the club, which owns the Narrows and Lochiel golf courses, required membership stability, growth, and a way forward with members knowing what the golfing future holds for them, he said.
Ground works for one of three options for a new-look golf course, which would be decided by club members mid-year, could potentially begin in late 2018, Meinsmith said.
During May and June this year the club intended holding information meetings for club members on the three options, which are:
- Build a new redesigned course at the Narrows course with the new road through it and locate the club there. This would require the club selling its Lochiel course.
- Build an entirely new golf course at a completely new site and relocate the club there. This would require the club selling both the Narrows and Lochiel courses.
- Upgrade the Lochiel course and facilities and locate the club there. This would require the club selling the Narrows course.
The board had put it on the record that it did not consider a separate two site, two course model was sustainable and that the future of the club lay in a single golf course, Meinsmith said.
After the member consultation a special club meeting would be held this winter for members to vote on their preferred option, he said.
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