Rosny Park Public Golf Course

PROJECT: Renovation, reconfiguration and reinvigoration
ASK: $150,000
STATUS: Funding required

Rosny Park Public Golf Course has played a vital role for golf in Hobart for more than 100 years. The nine-hole course on the city’s eastern shore, overlooking the Derwent River, was established in 1916 and has been an affordable “Gateway to Golf” for countless newcomers and players of all ages and stages.

However, the ageing facilities are in urgent need of renovation and reinvigoration.

Bathroom amenities have no hot water, showers or change rooms and there is no disability access. The irrigation system needs multiple repairs and upgrades. Pathways, practice nets and the practice putting green all require attention and the course needs the introduction of shorter tees for juniors, beginners and all-abilities groups. A building extension would provide a meeting room and kitchenette to cater for facility users.

The golf course has been managed by the not-for-profit YMCA of Hobart since 2010. Despite a shoestring budget, it has run MyGolf, Swing Fit, school and other development programs and also hosts TAFE students studying Horticulture and Turf Management.

YMCA Rosny Golf Manager Nick Vincent believes the golf facility could be lost from the precinct without investment. “Nearly every golfer who has tried golf has come through our doors at some point. It would be great to keep the dream alive, and grow. Rosny Park has so much potential!”

“It would be great to keep the dream alive, and grow. Rosny Park has so much potential!”

KEY POINTS:

  • Rosny Park has served golf in Hobart for 103 years
  • The amenities have no hot water or disability access ramps
  • The public course has been a “gateway to golf” but needs urgent renovation
  • The course is a green space area for the precinct and is home to many native animals including threatened species
  • Rosny Park works with TAFE students, school groups and job network providers

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