18 hole Golf Course for Maleny now a reality thanks to $200,000 Federal Grant
Maleny will see more tourists, and more locals getting active, with the opening of a full 18 hole golf course at the Maleny Golf Club. The final six holes of the course were officially opened on Saturday, having been constructed with the support of a grant of $200,000 from the Federal Government.
Speaking at the official opening, Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said “This truly is a club for community members here in Maleny. These final six holes are the culmination of an incredible community effort over more than 15 years, and with the support of the Federal Government this completed course is going to be a huge asset for people of all ages in the Hinterland.”
Club officials expect to double the number of tourists and locals using the course now that it has the full complement of 18 holes, with as many of 12,500 expected this year.
“Whether you already play golf or you just want to give it a try, this course will help locals to get active, and to stay fit and healthy. For our young aspiring golfers it will help give them the best possible start in the sport and the best chance of pursuing their dreams. For those who don’t play themselves, this course will bring more tourist dollars to our community as golfers at home and overseas travel to try out a picturesque new challenge.’ Mr Wallace said.
“We should be rightly proud of this support that has been provided to the Sunshine Coast and the benefits it will bring to Maleny. It is very important that Government invest tax payers’ money back into our community and into clubs like this. This grant program is all about communities and there’s no greater community than Maleny.” Mr Wallace said.
Maleny Golf Club opened in 2015 following 15 years of community led development. The previous 12 hole, par 46 course followed an environmentally low-impact design by Golf Architect Graham Papworth, which incorporates and preserves existing wetlands and native flora. The Club sought 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