Golf petition tops 1000

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Wakatipu parents are amongst scores of people teeing off at the prospect of losing the Frankton golf course.
A petition was launched in December to stop Queenstown Lakes District Council closing down the popular nine-holer when its lease expires in 2012.

One thousand signatures have already been collected and Queenstown Golf Club hopes to gather 5000 before presenting the petition to QLDC.

Karin and Bruce Harrington often play the Frankton course with kids Amy, 9, and Ryan, 13, and the parents also come down most Saturday mornings to watch the children hone their skills during the free junior coaching clinic.

“It seems ridiculous to want to move the golf course when it’s already in the perfect location,” Karin says. “We can all play here as a family and if it was moved further away I don’t think we’d use it as much.”

Bruce can’t fathom why QLDC would want to dismantle an already established facility to expand the Events Centre.

“I don’t see where else they can put the golf course where the community could still access it as easily,” he says. “If it was put somewhere like Jack’s Point, we wouldn’t be able to drop the kids off for a quick hit while we go and do the shopping.”

QGC resident pro Jamie McIsaac says it would be a huge blow to the younger golfing community if the Frankton facility is lost.

“There’s nowhere else for them to get enough experience to go on and play the other courses in the area,” he says. “The sport is only growing – we’re getting 35 kids coming along most Saturdays.”

Queenstowner John Adamson also brings his five-year-old Will to the coaching clinics.

“I think this is a great way to introduce kids to the sport,” he says. “I don’t think [the course] should be moved.”