17 Apr 2017

With new golf course projects becoming rarer in Australia, it was interesting to read recently that Melbourne based design company Pacific Coast Design are creating a new public access golf course for the City of Brisbane. Developed by the BMD Group and its subsidiary Urbex, the course will be built on a floodplain adjacent to Bulimba Creek in the city’s east. The project will apparently occupy an old tip site that first needed to be restored, and partly subdivided to create residential spaces around the golf course.

Phil Ryan, Director of Pacific Coast Design, says that bulk shaping has begun on a handful of holes and further construction will take place later in the year. He says of the golf course, ‘the layout winds through some very special country, along Bilimba Creek with an established tree-scape that will make it feel like an old golf course from day one. A real golf journey over 6123m with a great mix of golf holes where the use of trees and hazards blend with an open shortish grass rough so as to make for an enjoyable round of golf.”

The Canon Hills golf project was actually approved in 2003 and first touted by the Brisbane Council back in the 1990s. The developer has endured significant delays over the past few years thanks to legal challenges to the approval, and the complexities of developing a golf course through an area prone to major flooding. Native plantings to protect local wildlife, and extensive drainage works have been undertaken to ease concern about the impacts of a golf and residential development in the catchment.

Although construction is being funded by the developer, the golf course will be run by the council and fully public when finished – the first public course for the City of Brisbane in more than 70 years.

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