LOCALS will be able to continue teeing off, with the Rosny Park Public Golf Course being given a 10-month extension on its lease.
The popular course is owned by Clarence City Council and operated by the YMCA of Hobart.
“As part of the lease, we’re responsible for the maintenance of the grounds, the upkeep of the club rooms and for looking after the members and guest,” YMCA of Hobart chief executive officer Melissa Carlton said.
The previous lease expired on 30 June, with Council debating whether it was worth the expenses to keep running it and whether it could be better utilised to benefit all members of the community.
The new 10-month lease will see Council pay $2,500 a month to the YMCA to help its operation and to maintain facilities, including the irrigation system.
However, the future of the course is undecided, with its continuation depending on whether it can increase patronage and be seen as a benefit to the community.
Ms Carlton said she saw the course as being a public space first and foremost.
“We have such a wide variety of people that are using the space, it’s not just the golfers, as there are people who walk on the tracks – we see this as more a public space rather than a private sports club,” she said.
“Now that we know we’ve got the lease for another 10 months, we’re looking at expanding options on the course like disc golf to continue to provide opportunities for people who use the space.”
Ms Carlton said Clarence City Council was consulting with the community through the Clarence City Heart Urban Planning Project on what to do with the space after the lease expired.
“We’re really seeing the benefit of what golf brings to the community as a form of active community recreation,” she said.
“It’s a community decision on what to do with the space and there’s so many different options in terms of how this incredible parcel of land can be used – some of those have still retained an element of golf.”
Ms Carlton said golf at Rosny provided a number of benefits and was a great form of affordable active community recreation.
“People come to play golf, but at the same time they’re working on their physical health, social health and mental wellbeing,” she said.
“During COVID-19 it was so important that people had to opportunity to come into this open space environment and be active and continue their involvement with community recreation.
“We really urge people to get behind the course, come along and play their nine-holes or even take out a membership.”
Rosny Park Public Golf Course member Robert Owens said the facility provided an important service for the community.
“A golf course, which includes so many different things, is great for the health of the community and people in general, plus you also get to meet people and be social,” he said.
Caption: From left, Rosny Park Public Golf Course customer service officer Ken Jordan and YMCA of Hobart chief executive officer Melissa Carlton.