Update

The Victorian Government has created an independent process for considering redevelopment proposals for golf courses.

This process will be managed by the Golf Course Redevelopment Standing Advisory Committee, who will also review and consult on draft planning guidelines for golf courses.

Once the planning guidelines are finalised, the Minister may refer redevelopment proposals to rezone and redevelop golf course land within metropolitan Melbourne’s urban growth boundary to the advisory committee.

We are currently seeking feedback on the draft guidelines.

Interested groups can view the guidelines and make a submission at the dedicated Golf Course Redevelopment Standing Advisory Committee Engage Victoria web page via the link below:

https://engage.vic.gov.au/golf-course-redevelopment-standing-advisory-committee

Submissions close at 5pm on Monday, 30 September 2019.

Overview

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

Consultation on the Planning for Golf in Victoria discussion paper is now closed.