A wraparound outdoor space and clubhouse upgrade are a feature of a planned $ 400,000 renovation for Kyabram Parkland Golf Club.
Last week, the club received an injection of $ 200,000 to complete the federal government’s Building Better Regions fund project.
The Parkland redevelopment project will have the wraparound outdoor space adjoining the pavilion built in 1987, as well as a renovation of the current building.
Its new covered outdoor space will accommodate meals, a sports bar and public receptions.
The clubhouse is considered a quasi-public facility, being located on Crown land and is regularly used by the public, service clubs, local industry and farm organizations, funeral services and for community bingo.
Kyabram Parkland Golf Club is the state’s first 18-hole par 3 course and one of only two of its kind in Victoria.
It currently hosts the Victorian Par 3 Championships which include senior men and women and junior participants from all parts of Victoria and southern New South Wales.
The expected results of the project include improved facilities for exercise and social activities.
Golf has proven to be one of the few loopholes during the current COVID-19 pandemic, even with the severe restrictions in place for some of the past two years.
The club has seen a significant increase in membership and significantly increased participation in competition and social golf.
It currently has 450 members, ranging from five years to 93.
With current social distancing and sun awareness, the new amenities will be appropriate for all users.
The purpose of the project is to significantly improve the amenity of the Crown land reserve on which the golf course is located.
Parkland President Fred Roberts said the project will provide members, visitors and the community with a first-class course and supportive equipment.
He thanked Nicholls Federal Member Damian Drum for his support and the many local businesses that provided letters of support to the golf club as part of the grant application process.
âWe look forward to providing a bigger and better facility that will continue to be a great asset to the Kyabram and the community at large,â said Roberts.
“We are also looking at increased use of the golf course, as par 3 golf becomes more and more popular in what we call ‘our time-poor society.’
âIt is essential that safe areas are provided in order to meet the needs of our members and the community at large. It is expected that the new extension will provide a better and more user-friendly installation to encourage greater use for all capacity / community organizations.
âSome current clubhouse users are severely limited in handling their events. “