Queenstown council’s Lakes Leisure is likely to take over the assets of the popular Frankton nine-hole golf course.
Queenstown Lakes District Council community services boss Paul Wilson recommends Lakes Leisure – which operates the neighbouring Events Centre – acquire the assets of the course from the Queenstown Golf Club in an agenda item prepared for next Tuesday’s full council meeting.
The golf club’s lease of the course expires on June 30.
Councillor Russell Mawhinney – who’s chairing a working party on the issue – says the council and the golf club have obtained different valuations of what those assets are worth.
However, he suggests the figure could end up being about $200,000.
Mawhinney says if Lakes Leisure takes over the course it would add marketing grunt to boost the number of golfers playing it.
Some basic course improvements such as bunker or two and maybe flood-lighting for the driving range could be possibilities, Mawhinney suggests.
“It may be that the configuration’s changed a bit to accommodate a couple of sports fields, but whatever happens we don’t want to lose golf on that site until there’s another option.”
Mawhinney says stage two would be finding an alternative flat, central and affordable course.
Nearby developers Remarkables Park, Jack’s Point and still-to-be-approved Shotover Country have all shown interest, he confirms.
“It doesn’t need to be the second best thing to Augusta – it’s just got to be something that’s affordable and flat and easy to play on.”