Consultation on the Planning for Golf in Victoria discussion paper is now closed.
Golf is one of Victoria’s most popular organised recreational activities. More than 300,000 Victorians played golf in 2015 at 374 golf courses across the state.
But golf is in transition, and facing a number of challenges such as changing demographic and participation trends. Club memberships are in decline, and it is difficult for clubs to meet escalating operational costs. These challenges have seen some clubs fold, merge or relocate.
Plan Melbourne is our 35 year strategy for a sustainable Melbourne. It includes an action to develop a state-wide golf facilities plan.
This strategy will help golf navigate the issues facing the sport, such as pressure to rezone golf course land for residential use. The strategy will support golf to be sustainable and grow into the future.
We are seeking feedback on the discussion paper, which will inform the final strategy.
Read the Discussion Paper
The discussion paper contains ideas for transitioning golf facilities to support increased participation and building the capacity of golf clubs. It proposes facility design guidelines for golf courses and a decision framework for considering planning proposals on golf course land.
The discussion paper summarises five challenges facing golf in Victoria - participation, membership, supply and demand, land use, and governance.
Have your say
Written submissions about the discussion paper closed Monday 14 August 2017.
Submissions and survey responses made by individuals are confidential, and will not be published. They will be held by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Submissions will be reviewed and incorporated into the strategy provided to the Minister for Planning, where appropriate.