New $30m golf course in SA finally approved

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A 36-hole golf course hugging rugged coastline in the state’s South-East has been given final approval more than five years after it was first mooted.

The Nora Creina Golf Resort, 15km southeast of Robe, will feature two 18-hole publicly accessible links-style golf courses shaped out of privately-owned sand dunes along a picturesque stretch of beach.

A club house, beef farm, tourism and function centre, accommodation, including 7-star rated retreats, a wellness centre and Aboriginal Cultural Centre will also be built.

The State Government gave the course major project status in March 2014, triggering a lengthy and onerous development assessment process. The development, by brothers and abalone farmers Justin and Damian Scanlon, was given final sign-off on Thursday.

Damian Scanlon expects the project’s cost, initially estimated at $14 million, would be around $30 million pending final detailed drawings.

Initial designs of the Nora Creina Golf Course and Resort.
Initial designs of the Nora Creina Golf Course and Resort.

“This is a great story for the state,” he said. “We’re very happy as we can now proceed with confidence for what will be an iconic destination for the state, generating over 150 jobs.”

Justin Scanlon told The Advertiser in 2014 that the intention was to deliver one of the world’s great courses, drawing tourists from across the globe and boosting tourism to SA and the South East.

The Scanlons will have two years to start construction of the resort and coastal courses, the latter designed by Bob Harrison, former lead designer for Greg Norman’s Golf Course Design.

Harrison’s designs, including the Moonah at National in Victoria, consistently feature in Australia’s top courses.

He has also designed courses across Asia including the Nirwana Bali, consistently ranked as one of the best courses in Asia.

Mr Scanlon said there were a number of local and international investors interested in the Nora Creina project.

“So now we will commence discussions with the interested parties,” he said.

The stretch of coastline where the Nora Creina Golf Course will be sited.

The stretch of coastline where the Nora Creina Golf Course will be sited.

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