Formerly known as the Deep Creek Golf Club, the south-east Melbourne course has been transformed into Packenham Golf Course – a public course jointly revived by Golf Services Management (GSM) and the Cardinia Shire Council.
Less than a year ago the club went into voluntary administration, and the space where it had been was not maintained.
GSM stepped in with advice to the council on what would make the project work, a risk assessment was undertaken and new plans created for the site.
The course is now a major asset for the community, with a steady growth of locals taking advantage of the revamped grounds.
Works included course works and hole design and re-routing of the driving range, which has all combined to create improved play and increased player safety.
The site also boasts an eco-centre, with a pro shop, café, bistro and function centre.
The course has been newly rated and provides new maps and tee signs for visitors, but the highlight is the driving range.
“It’s a drawcard for new and experienced players alike, and with its accessible opening hours, it has been getting a lot of use,” said Golf Australia’s Head of Venue Development, Tony Craswell.
Once Cardinia Shire Council understood the value of the work, with GSM at the management helm, it was able to embrace the new direction whole-heartedly.
“Golf is in such a growth phase, so the enhancement of the game and its facilities is important and in areas like Pakenham, there is so much upside to getting it right,” Craswell added.
GSM and Golf Australia hope that the success of this transformation will set a precedent for other councils.