Norman reveals new West Dapto signature course

Greg Norman admitted he fell in love with the site 10 years ago when he first laid eyes on it.

Now the Shark has returned to a location at West Dapto, south of Wollongong in New South Wales, to reveal details of a signature course he will design as part of a proposed billion-dollar tourism resort development backed by Chinese developers The Visionary Investment Group.

Greg Norman Greg Norman (Credit: Asian Tour)

To be named the ‘Silkari Resort at Avondale’, it will feature the Norman-designed 18-hole championship golf course while plans are also to include an Australian-first golf academy named after the former world No 1.

The project, which will be built on a former coal mine site, first received the go-ahead as far back as 2011 and has been at various stages of design and completion since then.

Besides the championship course there will also be a clubhouse, golf academy, resort hotel, a high-end spa, tennis centre and a 395 dwelling housing estate.

It has been reported the developer is also in discussion with the University of Wollongong to establish a hospitality school and sports academy on the site.

While a detailed planning and consultation process was still to be undertaken, the golf course and some of the proposed housing subdivision has already been approved.

The group expects the golf course will be finished by 2019 while early stages of the residential development are expected to go on sale this time next year.

Norman’s golf course designs are much sought-after and his New South Wales projects have included major success stories like The Vintage at Pokolbin and Stonecutters Ridge in western Sydney.

The Shark also has his signature on the highly-rated Ellerston, near Scone, which he completed for the late Kerry Packer as well as his first design, Longyard near Tamworth.