Two of Brisbane’s major golf courses are not as popular as they used to be, with both steady and sudden declines in attendance across the courses.
Brisbane City Council owns and manages two 18-hole golf courses, including St Lucia Golf Links and Victoria Park Golf Complex, which also has an 18-hole putt putt course.
There has been an 11 per cent decrease in games played at St Lucia in the past five years, with a 4.9 per cent decline in the past year.
At Victoria Park there was a slight increase in rounds played in 2016-17, followed by a 12.6 per cent decrease in the past year.
In the 2018-19 budget, more than $5 million was budgeted to manage the facilities and leases of the two courses, with a revenue of about $3.6 million.
A further $17.8 million was budgeted for a new council-owned course at Cannon Hill.
Opposition councillor Kara Cook said Golf Australia figures showed the sport had been in decline for the past 20 years, losing 27 per cent of membership between 1998 and 2016.
“The council has budgeted to lose $1.4 million on the Victoria Park and St Lucia courses this financial year,” she said.
“Times have changed since the Cannon Hill course was first proposed and Brisbane people are clearly looking for different sport and recreation options.”
The council’s lifestyle and community services chairman Peter Matic said the popularity of golf facilities remained strong.
“There is always some fluctuation year-on-year based on weekend weather conditions; however, the number of golfers using the courses has remained consistent,” he said.
There have been more than 100,000 games played a year at Victoria Park’s putt putt course for the past three years.
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