Plans have been set in motion to relocate the Warringah Golf Club clubhouse to the Warringah Recreation Centre site, despite some concerns raised.
It comes after Northern Beaches Council offered the club a 20-year lease last year, which guaranteed the 18-hole course would remain after years of uncertainty about its future.
The District Park site has been mired in controversy, after a 2016 plan by then-administrator Dick Persson to demolish — or halve — Warringah golf course to help meet the needs of other sporting clubs.
A previous plan to build a clubhouse with developer Arena REIT fell apart in 2018 and the future of the site has been in limbo since.
Now there are hopes the development could lead to the establishment of a much bigger sporting precinct on the northern beaches which would consolidate existing clubhouses.
The concept includes a modern multipurpose sporting and community facility in District Park and a potential carpark.
Council papers have referred to the state of the existing recreation centre site as “average” and “in need of rejuvenation”.
To fund the construction of a new clubhouse the golf club would have to sell the current site at 397 Condamine St, Allambie Heights.
President Scott Campbell said the club were excited to reach this point.
“Now we’re moving forward and have been working closely with the council to achieve a good outcome, not only for us but for the community.
“With this relocation, it will allow us to invest much more money into the course as a community asset and we’d like to be able to work with other users of the precinct and make sure it’s a real sporting club and to move emphasis away from just golf.”
He said the next step is to submit a development application once a concept plan is finalised. “We’re trying to make it more attractive to the younger generations and bring it into 21st century.
“The public doesn’t use our current clubhouse which is away from the site. We want to move adjacent to the golf course so we have that direct interaction between the club and outdoor family areas.”
SOURCE: Daily Telegraph