Threat to Melbourne’s Albert Park may be over

Nothing fires up golfers more than the prospect of losing their ‘playground’.

So news that plans to reduce Melbourne’s famous Albert Park Golf Course from 18 holes to just nine holes have been scrapped will be music to the ears of the hundreds of golfers who frequent this public golf course.

Albert Park Melbourne’s iconic Albert Park

According to reports from Melbourne media, a draft master plan released by Parks Victoria in November for consultation suggested a ‘reduced’ course could appeal to a “broad visitor market”.

The report explained that trends across Australia indicated people were “increasingly looking to do more in less time” and there was a shift towards shorter rounds of golf.

That suggestion has also been refuted with the Lakeside Golf Club disputing suggestions that golfers wanted to play shorter rounds.

Golf Victoria and Golf Australia were also both opposed to Parks Victoria’s plan to downsize the course.

Indeed Parks Victoria was swamped by community opposition to a move to cut the course to just nine holes with angry golfers leading the charge.

Golf Victoria chief executive Simon Brookhouse said it was a win “now and in the future”.

“The future of the 18-hole golf course at Albert Park is secure,” Brookhouse told Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper.

Park’s Victoria’s draft also proposed moving the driving range and the creation of a “putt-putt course” for children and families.

The 18-hole layout presently takes up 43 of 225 hectares of Albert Park.

It seems the change of plans came about simply because the Opposition Liberal Party promised to protect the course if it was elected in November.

With Labor clinging to government by just three per cent, they would obviously hoping their about-face with Albert Park would earn a few more votes.