18 hole Golf Course for Maleny after $200,000 Federal Grant
Residents and tourists alike will be able to get active and play 18 holes of golf in Maleny following a significant grant of $200,000 from the Federal Government. The grant, part of the latest $30 million round of the Liberal & Nationals Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Program, will pay for the construction of the last six holes at the Maleny Golf Club.
Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said “The Maleny Golf Club is a fantastic community led facility, providing a beautiful public course for locals, and drawing new tourists to our region. The Club and its community have worked very hard to get their first 12 holes built, and I am delighted today to be able to help them complete their round!”
At present, around 250 golfers use the Maleny Golf Club’s public course each week, but the Club’s officials aim to double that number when the course has a full complement of 18 holes.
Mr Wallace said “Tourism is critical to our region’s success, and we know that golfers will travel a long way to try a new course. Maleny Golf Club is already picturesque and challenging, and with 18 holes it is sure to become a real destination for golfers from all over Australia.”
Maleny Golf Club’s award-winning President Dr Max Whitten welcomed the Federal Government’s grant which he said would allow construction of the remaining six holes of the club’s master-planned course to be completed by Christmas 2019.
“Maleny is renowned for its surrounding natural beauty and completion of the course within the scenic Maleny Community Precinct will greatly enhance the Sunshine Coast Hinterland’s appeal to both domestic and international visitors alike as a sport tourism destination,” Dr Whitten said.
Mr Wallace added, “This completed course is going to be a huge asset for people of all ages in the Hinterland, both for those who already play golf and those who just want to give it a try. It will help locals to get active, and to stay fit and healthy. But the Liberal & Nationals Government also understands that our success as a sporting nation begins with grassroots sports. I have no doubt there’s a great golfing talent among the young people here in Maleny, and this course is going to help them to develop.”
Maleny Golf Club opened in 2015 following 15 years of community led development. The current 12 hole, par 46 course incorporates an environmentally low-impact design by Golf Architect Graham Papworth, which incorporates and preserves existing wetlands and native flora. The Club will seek to remain faithful to this approach in the construction of the final six holes.
For more information on the Coalition Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Program visit https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/community_sport_infrastructure_grant_program