Ocean Grove Golf Club

PROJECT: Bridge repair
ASK:  $38,000
STATUS: Funding committed

Ocean Grove Golf Club sits across the Barwon River from Barwon Heads and is bounded on the north by the Connewarre State Game Reserve with its abundant flora and fauna – and mangroves. It’s a great spot and a large number of holidaymakers as well as residents enjoy a game at this picturesque course.

Ocean Grove possesses nine holes with separate tee boxes on each to allow a full round of 18 if desired. It’s a club that appeals to all and tries to cater for all.

Part of its attraction is a small man-made creek that meanders through, traversed by three bridges. But while one of these bridges is in satisfactory condition, the other two are not. One bridge in particular is so small that carts can barely get through the allowed space. It is rapidly becoming a bridge too far for many members and visitors and poses a significant injury risk.

Happily, a pre-election commitment from the Victorian state government has provided the necessary $38,000 to fund the necessary repairs.

“This is wonderful for our club,” said club captain David Smith. “It allows people in carts to continue playing in safety and for groups to stay together during a round. Previously they had to separate to get access in difficult areas. It’s great that there will now be access for all going into the future. It will help not just our members but our high-volume visitor traffic. Ocean Grove GC appreciates the support of Lisa Neville, the Labor member for Bellarine, in lobbying for us as a priority project.”

“We’re also looking to expand in an environmental way too, so there could be walking tracks on the golf course one day or an improved area that groups use for yoga.”

“This is wonderful for our club. There will now be access for all going into the future.”

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