15 Aug 2015

Golf NZ: Auckland could be 'under-golfed'

5:12 pm on 15 August 2015

Golf New Zealand says it is not worried about the Auckland Council reviewing the ownership of its 13 golf courses in the region.

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Golf NZ says the sun isn't setting on Auckland golf courses just yet. Photo: 123rf.com

The land - which is worth about $40 million - is up for review and some people are calling for it to be turned into housing.

The council's chief of strategy, Jim Quinn, said the review would look at whether best use is being made of the land and it was too early to say if it will be sold for housing.

Golf New Zealand chief executive Dean Murphy said at this point there was no suggestion Auckland's courses would be re-purposed for housing.

"Auckland council are certainly taking a very pragmatic and intellectual approach to it. They're taking a good look at the strategy for the future - what kind of golf courses do we have and where are they. A lot of research that is based on Auckland being the world's most liveable city is that perhaps in some time we might be under-golfed rather than over-golfed."

Mr Murphy said golf courses were valuable green spaces, and the clubrooms served as social hubs.

But the Property Council's chief executive Connal Townsend said all public green spaces needed to be looked at.

"There is now an almost catastrophic shortfall in terms of land that we actually need to meet even the minimum targets of supply if we're going to address the housing crisis."