18 Nov 2011

New legal fight for golf course owners after closure

1:10 pm on 18 November 2011

The owners of a Palmerston North golf course that has been forced to shut down are taking legal action against the previous owners.

A district court judge ruled last month that the nine hole Brookfields Park course was not suitable for that purpose, as it was affecting the organic rating of a neighbouring farm.

The judge said 20,000 golf balls had been hit into the Organic Farm Company's property since 2002 and golfers had used the farm to urinate and left bottles and rubbish.

Golf course owners Don and Kim Finlayson have now decided not to appeal and the course will close at the end of March.

Their lawyer says, however, that they are pursuing legal action against the property's previous owners, alleging they were not advised of the farm's concerns when they bought it in 2001.

The Organic Farm Company is to buy Brookfields and the land will become subject to an agreement that it will not be used as a golf course again.