Part of a golf course could be turned into a housing estate as part of a council’s plans to assess its future.
The Tory-led authority will discuss the Edwalton golf course at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday February 8.
A detailed technical assessment was carried out on the current par 3 course on the site to examine the opportunities and constraints of the site for potential redevelopment.
The council says the land could be ‘a good option for residential development’, although it adds that it should be retained at present as ‘a major community facility’.
The council says it recognizes there is likely to be “sufficient housing supply” at Rushcliffe until 2038 without the need to allocate this site in its housing plan, but to include it in “a pipeline of potential sites for future consideration”.
The technical assessment exercise identified a number of potential issues, including the presence of a number of trees and vegetation, overhead power cables and the Gamston stream, which runs through the center of the site.
Cllr Andy Edyvean (Con), portfolio holder for business and growth in the council, said in his report to the cabinet: ‘The site is therefore considered to represent a good option for residential development from a planning and could be included in a pipeline of potential sites for future consideration as part of the local plan process should the need for additional sites arise. »
The council said that while the facility is expected to be retained in some form, the golf course suffered a significant loss of around £44,000 on average over the three-year period 2017-19.
This is despite numerous initiatives, including improvements to the clubhouse facilities, improved marketing and events, signage and investment in the golf simulator.
However, since the easing of restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the council says more people are coming back to use the course.
This was further aided by the fact that golf was one of the first sports to be allowed to play when lockdown restrictions were eased.
The recent increase in golfers has also led to an improvement in the site’s financial losses and the £44,000 has been reduced, with the course now well within break-even.
The course had an annual usage of 45,235 in 2021 compared to just under 39,000 in 2018. The golf center celebrated its 40th anniversary last year.
Cllr Edyvean said: “It should be noted that the increases in golf participation and income position are due to an extraordinary set of circumstances, and it is not yet clear whether this will be a positive legacy in the wake of Covid . It has the potential to retain and increase the number of users, provided the facilities improve and there is a high quality golf offer.
A feasibility study also suggested that a new modern 15-20 bay driving range would improve the golf offering on the site and should also raise the profile of the standard 9-hole course if the par 3 course were to be redeveloped.