North Lakes Golf Course to close

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Eleven hectares of land at North Lakes Golf Course could be developed if a proposed sale to an aged care provider goes ahead.

North Lakes Resort Golf Club announced today it would close at the end of next year, due to continued financial losses.

General manager Adam Simpson said the privately run business had been operating at a loss in recent years due to a well-documented downturn in golf participation rates.

He said efforts to sell the golf course to another golf operator have been unsuccessful and the bulk of the course land was now set to become public open space.

The course owner is proposing to sell the land to retirement living and aged-care operator The Village Retirement Group (VRG).

VRG is proposing to build 200 low-rise independent living units and a three-storey 100-bed aged-care facility on two sites on the land, comprising 11 hectares.

The vast majority of the course — 57 hectares — would be retained for open space, environmental protection and in the longer term there would be the possibility for a range of sport and recreation facilities for community use, a club spokesman said.

The announcement has already sent shockwaves throughout the community with property owners who live near the golf course concerned the sale would affect the value of their land.

Mr Simpson said the proposal ensured most residents with golf course views would retain green vistas.

“There’s no doubt our members will be disappointed about the golf course closure, but I expect the preservation of this large tract of open space will be welcomed by most in the community,” he said.

The club will continue to trade at least until late 2019.

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