International golf tournaments could be lured to the North Adelaide Golf Course as part of a swag of potential developments worth at least $20 million in a secret masterplan for the parklands course.
Other proposals include building a multimillion-dollar function centre closer to the Adelaide Oval and, possibly, the council relinquishing management of the course.
The latest masterplan for the course, the sixth in the past 20 years, has been completed by consultants GHD Woodheads for the Adelaide City Council.
But despite Adelaide councillors and the Adelaide Park Lands Authority being briefed on it, council staff have advised it will not be made public before the November election.
However sources told The Advertiser that plans included:
UPGRADING the course to international standard, resulting in major reconfigurations.
RELOCATING the clubhouse from near Strangeways Tce, where War Memorial Drive and Montefiore Rd meet, to be closer to the Adelaide Oval precinct.
ESTABLISHING a multi-million function centre as part of the new clubhouse.
THE council finding new management of the course.
The Advertiser has been told that upgrading the course to a PGA standard would cost $20 million.
It is not clear whether any private money would be sought to help fund the potential improvements, that would take up to five years to complete.
At a council committee meeting on Tuesday, Adelaide’s director of services Steve Mathewson said the masterplan would not come back to the council before it entered into the caretaker period in September.
This means no decision will be made or the public will have a chance to know what is in the masterplan until a new council is elected in November.
“There is some further work to do,” Mr Mathewson said.
Cr Phil Martin, who asked Mr Mathewson for the update, said it should be made public before the election for the benefit of voters.
“I can’t talk about the detail of the plan because I’m muzzled by a confidentiality order,” he said.
“This is a major report about the future of a very substantial piece of the parklands.”
The North Adelaide Golf Club, established in 1905, was pushing for nine holes to be sliced from its course. This would create three nine-hole intertwined courses, similar to that of the Royal Canberra Golf Club, which could result in a large section being returned to parkland use.
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