The proposed development of Coast retirement resort partially built on a Coast golf course will provide numerous benefits to the club, including a new club house. Picture: Supplied
The proposed development of Coast retirement resort partially built on a Coast golf course will provide numerous benefits to the club, including a new club house. Picture: Supplied

New over-50s resort proposed on golf course

The proposed development of a Coast retirement resort partially built on a golf course could be the clubs’ saving grace.

A development application for the over-50s resort is seeking approval to build on 9.25ha of vacant land as well as 1.83ha of the Cooroy Golf Club’s course.

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The Gemlife resort would provide a home to 246, all of which would be given a membership to the Cooroy Golf Club.

As part of the development proposal, Gemlife has committed to deliver numerous benefits to the Cooroy Golf Club including a new golf clubhouse with a full-size commercial kitchen and dining and function areas, a pro shop, golf buggy storage for 40 carts, a new sealed 100-space car park, a new entry road and course improvements.

Secretary of the Cooroy Golf Club Andrew Dick said the development was a unique opportunity for council to assist in securing a sustainable economic future for the club with benefits that will ultimately flow onto members and the broader community.

“The Cooroy Golf Club has been experiencing a decline in membership due to an ageing membership base,” he said.

“Gemlife would not have any involvement in the operation and management of the club. However, Gemlife’s contribution would enhance the long-term sustainability of the club.

“The improvements to the golf course and the new club house will also allow the further enhancement of the All Abilities golf program which supports local people with disabilities and mental health challenges.”

A Gemlife development application is seeking approval to build on 1.83ha of the Cooroy Golf Club's land. Picture: Supplied
A Gemlife development application is seeking approval to build on 1.83ha of the Cooroy Golf Club's land. Picture: Supplied

Cooroy Golf Club manager of 16 years Wayne Patston said Gemlife had commissioned a golf course designer to ensure an 18-hole course was maintained.

“All deliverables being committed to by Gemlife have been work shopped collaboratively with the club over a period of more than 12 months,” he said.

“The Cooroy Golf Club is a not-for-profit organisation and the opportunity that this proposal provides for the club and wider community is unique, so of course we look forward to Council’s approval.

“It would be extremely unfortunate for the club to miss out on this unparalleled opportunity.”

The Cooroy Golf Club Management Committee invited Noosa Councillors to view the proposal so they can gain an understanding of the advantages for the club and to the community.


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