Organic Kabi looking for buyer to reopen

The world’s only certified organic golf course – Kabi Golf Club on the Sunshine Coast – will hopefully be back in full operational swing in the not-too-distant future.

For personal reasons, the golf course closed in late April. Owner Rena Merchant concedes that stress-related health issues meant she could no longer run the operation as a commercial concern.

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But course superintendent Troy Maclaren, who still keeps the course in pristine condition with a skeleton staff, is hopeful a buyer will be found in the very near future.

“I know Rena is keen for that to happen. She wants to pass it on to the next generation,” he said.

“But at the moment the course is closed for play until further notice.”

Kabi Golf Club is situated at Boreen Point, a 25-minute drive north of Noosa. The 27-hole course has been established for 10 years.

The course consists of an 18-hole par-three course and another nine holes – par-36 which is known as the Orchard course.

“We have 1000 fruit trees, mainly citrus varieties, adjoining the longer nine-hole course,” explained Maclaren.

“And next door, on another property owned by Rena, we run organic beef cattle. It is certainly a unique operation and would be a crying shame if we had to close down permanently.”

Maclaren said organics was often a misunderstood topic.

“Basically, we do everything here the way it was done traditionally,” he said.

“In relation to a golf course it means no toxic chemicals or synthetic fertilisers, freely spread in modern-day greenkeeping methods, are used at Kabi. And the staff hand weeds the greens and spray only materials that are made naturally, such as daisy extracts and worm-based fertilisers.”

In fact Maclaren recently won the superintendent’s environment award at Adelaide’s Australian Turf Conference. And he and his assistant, Brendan Scrase, have been invited as keynote speakers at an international organic conference in Taiwan in September.