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Later this year the Cape Wickham golf course will open on King Island in Tasmania, the culmination of several years toil for a small but dedicated group of passionate individuals. While there is still much work to do in preparation of the November opening, and grass left to mature, for those involved in the project the divots can’t come soon enough.
The private golf club market in Australia is changing. For some time now second and third tier clubs in metropolitan areas have been struggling to attract new members, and with the corporate golf market appearing to have cooled as well, business has become increasingly difficult. Even the absolute elite private clubs are finding it harder to attract members, or to maintain the sort of long waiting lists for prospective members they once enjoyed. A number of clubs have, and are continuining to, look at relocations and mergers as a means of survival. We take a look at the design decisions made by such clubs, and why focusing on quality golf over quantity golf is a sensible approach for other clubs dealing with major trading stresses.