Scone Golf Course on par with the best
After five months construction, the multi-million redevelopment of Scone Golf Course is on track to be completed by August 2018, weather permitting.
Scone Golf Club representative Gordon Halliday said the project was proceeding better than they could have hoped.
“The architect has done an excellent job retaining beautiful natural features like gullies and the River Red Gums as well as extensive revegetation with natives. In addition to the grassing of the greens, over 17,000 plants will have gone in by the end of the project.
“It all fits in very well with the natural surroundings,” Mr Halliday said.
“This is very exciting for the Upper Hunter as it is the first new golf course in living memory and it has a fantastic layout and look.”
The extensive planting will support and improve the diversity and ecology of the site, including saline and sodic soil conditions in places. The new course should be drought proof with a fullyautomated irrigation system and the two existing ponds on the course having been enlarged, providing plenty of water storage from an on-site bore and treated effluent water from the nearby sewerage plant.
The reconstruction of part of Scone Golf Course was required because Roads and Maritime Services’ (RMS) proposed route for the Scone bypass goes through five holes of the previous course and the practice range.
The redesign and construction has an estimated cost of over $3 million, with Council also providing the land required. The site for the new course was rural vacant land owned by Council.