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#1 Forrest Gardener

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 09:27 AM

Closure of the course has been rumoured for some time. A quick google search seems to confirm that closure is now planned rather than rumoured. It seems like June 2019 is the date.

 

As always there are people who know the price of everything and the value of nothing when they are out to make a buck. The quotes below from local accountant Darren Halpin suggest to me that he and the group who own the land are not at all sad to see it turned into housing. In fact I suspect that keeping the course open was nothing more than a ruse to claim that they tried but just couldn't make it pay.

 

He expresses attitudes about the worthless nature of a golf course which do not form overnight. From https://www.golfindu...e-in-june-2019/

 

"he said he was trying to ensure better community use of the northern beaches asset. At the moment, only golfers use it, and there’s 150 members here, and maybe some visitors, he said. That’s all they use: 100ha of land. Now there’s going to be thousands of people using it annually, with local people coming to use the facilities: people walking along new walking tracks up to the clubhouse, parks for families, activation areas for entertainment and activities."

 

To repeat "150 members and maybe some visitors". Absolutely shameful. It was far more than that when your group bought the property Mr Halpin. And fancy hiding your profit making motive behind a claim that thousands would now use the land. Tell me where that has EVER happened when a golf course has been carved up for housing.

 

Shame on you Mr Halpin.


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#2 Old Poppy

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 11:17 AM

A similar situation exists at Northlakes just outside Brisbane.

Are you a member at Paradise Palms or live close by?

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 11:23 AM

A similar situation exists at Northlakes just outside Brisbane.

Are you a member at Paradise Palms or live close by?

 

I have been a member from time to time. My house in Cairns is about 5 minutes from Cairns GC so I usually play there when I'm in FNQ.


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Posted 09 February 2019 - 03:16 PM

A similar situation exists at Northlakes just outside Brisbane.

Are you a member at Paradise Palms or live close by?

They want to close course and put up a retirement home there at NL.

 

Happening around the country- facilities potentially asset rich but struggling to pay the bills or make any real profit.

 

It will keep happening.


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#5 Forrest Gardener

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 04:51 PM

They want to close course and put up a retirement home there at NL.

 

Happening around the country- facilities potentially asset rich but struggling to pay the bills or make any real profit.

 

It will keep happening.

 

The only saving grace for golf is that so many of the member clubs and most of the more iconic courses are owned by their clubs. Otherwise you get the developer lined up, buy the owning company, run it down a bit and away you go. Easy money for the unscrupulous and golf and the communities are the losers.

 

It's not all that different from the bottom of the harbour schemes all those years ago.


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 07:01 AM

Shame that PP is disappearing, whilst Halpin may not have helped he didn't cause the problem, been a few owners over the years who couldn't make it work.

Monolithic clubhouse with associated staff costs bleeding the life out of the golf revenue.

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 07:46 AM

Is it worth a final game there or has the course deteriorated as a result of the miss management?

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 08:39 AM

Disappointed to hear although most people new it was happening and such a Lovely golf course 
I am surprised they didn't wait until the new Chinese supper village opened to see how many members joined from there.
I guess now half moon Bay will pickup on a heap of new members. 



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Posted 10 February 2019 - 08:54 AM

Shame that PP is disappearing, whilst Halpin may not have helped he didn't cause the problem, been a few owners over the years who couldn't make it work.

Monolithic clubhouse with associated staff costs bleeding the life out of the golf revenue.

 

And yet Halpin says that the clubhouse will be retained in the new plan.

 

Unlike previous owners, Tom Hedley for example, I do not believe that Halpin and his group ever intended the property to remain as a golf course. There was never a bucket load of cash to be made from golf operations. There was always a bucket load of cash to be made carving it up.


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#10 Forrest Gardener

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 08:57 AM

Is it worth a final game there or has the course deteriorated as a result of the miss management?

 

I'll definitely be having a last round when I'm back in Cairns.


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Posted 11 February 2019 - 09:21 AM

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 03:26 PM

I see from the Cairns GC newsletter that Paradise Palms is now to close on March 31.

 

Sadly for me that means I will not get back to FNQ for a last game.


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Posted 21 February 2019 - 12:28 PM

Oh dear, I was going to play at Easter. Any tips on the next best course in the area - Palmer Sea Reef?

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 12:39 PM

Oh dear, I was going to play at Easter. Any tips on the next best course in the area - Palmer Sea Reef?

 

Sea Reef or Mirage if you are in Port Douglas.

 

Cairns GC is worth a hit too. Much under rated in my book.


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Posted 21 February 2019 - 07:58 PM

Oh dear, I was going to play at Easter. Any tips on the next best course in the area - Palmer Sea Reef?

 
 

Sea Reef or Mirage if you are in Port Douglas.
 
Cairns GC is worth a hit too. Much under rated in my book.


Agree with Forrest, enjoyed playing at Cairns GC, if you are ever tempted to go to Half Moon Bay.....don't




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