Golf pro Greg Turner has taken a swing at proposals to turn Frankton’s golf course into a giant park-and-ride.
Turner, also a prominent course designer, says something needs to be done to address the resort’s growing traffic problems.
But “tarmacing” the much-loved nine-holer is not the solution.
“I’d say every kid that’s learnt to play golf in the district started out at Frankton,” Turner says.
“It’s an important community amenity for the youngsters, the more elderly players, and those social animals who want to go out in shorts, jandals and with a six-pack of beer.
“The fact they’re [the council] spending money out there to improve it suggests they understand.”
Frankton Golf Centre and course, which recently completed a six-month renovation, is home to the new Wakatipu Junior Golf Club.
Former Queenstown mayors Warren Cooper and Sir John Davies on Monday called on councillors to fast-track a transport hub on the council-owned land.
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Connectabus boss Ewen McCammon claims it’s “the only way”.
McCammon says people parking in the town should pay “Auckland prices”, as free and cheap parking has always been the “biggest barrier to public transport in Queenstown”.
He envisages a bus clearway from the airport to the transport hub and a bus lane at the roundabout and at pressure points on Frankton Road.
Turner, who lives in Kelvin Heights, agrees there needs to be fewer cars travelling into Queenstown.
He says opening the Eastern Access Road has to be a priority, and says a park-and-ride solution makes a lot of sense.
It gets pretty congested in the mornings and between 4-6pm in comparison to other tourist centres in New Zealand,” Turner, who designed the Coronet Nine at Millbrook, says.
I don’t think it’s a good look for a town that thrives on its tourism industry.”
But he questions the wisdom of a park-and-ride at Frankton roundabout.
I’m no traffic engineer but would have thought you wouldn’t put it at probably the busiest damn intersection in the South Island.”
Cooper, Davies and McCammon made submissions to a hearing panel on the council’s draft 10-year plan.
Council funded 75 per cent of the $200,000-plus course renovation with local businesses meeting the shortfall through in-kind contributions.
Renovations include a new 800sq m practice green, including a 60sq m practice bunker, remodelled first and ninth holes and improved irrigation.