Little Para Golf Course has been saved.
Salisbury Council went to the community over February and March about the course’s future use with memberships and casual users low for several years, despite a “mini-boom” in the sport after COVID-19 restrictions came into effect.
However, from 216 written responses, the community was “strongly in favour” of keeping the course as a natural open space while enhancing recreational opportunities, a council staff report revealed.
Little Para Golf Course has been saved. Picture: File.
“The majority of respondents were also in favour of keeping the golf course open,” the report stated.
“(They) highly valued the natural environment within the 10ha site.
“Most of the people engaged who live adjacent to the golf course really appreciate the course, even though most don’t play golf.
“These residents like the greenery of the area.”
However, there were issues with dirt bikes travelling through the area, golf balls being hit into private property and “after dark activities” including public nuisance, particularly when car parks were open at night.
Salisbury Council will investigate implementing “themed mini golf” at the course. Picture: File.
The council has allocated $30,000 for a study exploring options to increase revenue and attract further patrons.
It could include a “themed mini golf course”, an enhanced driving range, a “rebranding” of the course and an annual promotional tournament for the public and “community figures”.
Cr Adam Duncan said the response was a “resounding no” to removing the golf course and he welcomed the possible addition of a themed mini golf course.
“It reaffirmed my belief that an asset such as this should never be let go,” Cr Duncan said.
“I’ve played many a round at the Little Para Golf Course and every time I have been there I have seen no better example of a shared range of users anywhere on a public reserve.”
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