Bendigo Golf Club awaits call on Eaglehawk course zoning

BENDIGO Golf Club members are anxiously awaiting a decision about the zoning category for the disused Eaglehawk Golf Club course.

After months of talks and lobbying, City of Greater Bendigo was to discuss the issue further on Wednesday night.

Plans for the 100-acre parcel of land at Eaglehawk Golf Club will have a bearing on future plans at the Epsom-based Bendigo Golf Club.

General manager at Bendigo Golf Club, Steven Oliver said urban growth and the future of golf clubs had been raised in the 2013 Bendigo Golf Strategy.

"We have discussed with council about the zoning of the Eaglehawk golf course and development there."

Mr Oliver said Bendigo GC was continuing to work at improvements to the course and facilities, but several plans relied on funding.

"Our plans include water efficiency, a change of grasses on the course, practice facilities, changes to the course length."

Mr Oliver said a short course for corporate events was another option.

Once Eaglehawk Golf Club went into liquidation many members voted for an alignment with Bendigo.

Among the 100-plus members who crossed from Eaglehawk to Bendigo were Bruce Pagram and Paul Arthur.

A member at Eaglehawk for more than 40 years, Mr Pagram said the demise of the club hit many.

"The members at Bendigo have been so supportive and really welcomed us," Mr Pagram said.

Mr Arthur played at Eaglehawk for about four years, took a lengthy break from the sport, but had been a regular at the course for the past eight years.

"The decision for the club to fold was inevitable," Mr Arthur said.

"The club was not growing and costs to maintain the course just kept on rising."

Mr Arthur and Mr Pagram tee off in Bendigo's midweek and Saturday competitions which regularly draw between 140 and 170 starters.

Participation for other events continues to rise. 


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