An Auckland Council-owned golf course is to be carved up to allow room for other sports facilities to be built, despite strong opposition from residents.
The Mt Albert-Eden Local Board last night approved plans to cut the 18-hole Chamberlain Park Golf Course in half.
Residents say it is the only affordable pay-to-play golf course in the region and attracts up to 50,000 rounds of golf a year.
But board chair Peter Haynes said the 75-year-old, 18-hole course was not heavily used, the area had the lowest amount of open space in the region and the park ought to be opened up for public recreational use.
"It will be interesting to see how it plays out next year. What we're doing is future proofing and providing a splendid park for the people of our area."
Dr Haynes said three holes in the western part of the park would be the first to go and would be replaced by cycleways, walkways and playgrounds.