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Hamersley Public Golf Course Redevelopment

The demolition of the tavern and function centre is now complete.

The Hamersley Public Golf Course (HPGC) opened in 1968 including the existing golf pro shop, caretaker residence and golf maintenance facilities. The Gleneagles Tavern function centre was added to the existing facility opened in 1983. The HPGC is the City’s only public golf course and attracts approximately 90,000 visits a year.

There have been limited capital upgrades to the golf course buildings during the past 50 years and these buildings are consequently aged, and do not meet contemporary golf course standards and patrons and community expectations. Upgrades to the golf course have also been limited and generally course upgrades were as a response to addressing safety issues. Notwithstanding these limited upgrades, the golf course is continuously maintained to a high standard by the City’s Parks maintenance team and is considered one of the best public golf courses in Western Australia.

The City engaged Hodge Collard Preston Architects in October 2020 to prepare the detail design for the redevelopment of the Golf Pavilion and the Driving Range.

The redevelopment project aims to enhance the golfing experience, including:

  • Redevelopment of the golf pavilion with a modern, open and flexible design
  • The new golf pavilion to include a new restaurant, multi-purpose function room, café/kiosk, alfresco area, toilets,  pro shop, moveable putting gree and administration
  • Upgrading the existing carpark including additional bays and improved access/egress from Marmion Avenue (subject to approval from Main Roads WA)
  • Improving paths and wayfinding for better movement between the golf pavilion, carpark, golf course and driving range
  • Minor course improvements including upgrading the practice greens where required.

The redevelopment design principles are:

  • To create a destination - Improving the indoor-outdoor connection and providing alfresco seating opportunities is key to the creation of a ‘destination’
  • Improve access and movement - The concept proposal seeks to improve on key movement patterns and legibility through the site supported by the inclusion of a defined ‘Golf Concourse’
  • Better golf course surveillance - The current Pro-Shop location provides optimal golf course management with line of sight to key control points
  • Improved golf concourse and entry - The golf concourse layout is clearer with way finding and paths to improve access around the pavilion. The concourse roof offers the clubhouse a new identity and improves legibility and easily navigated entry point to the course.

Council endorsed the business case for the redevelopment of golf course in April 2023. 

Driving range

The proposed two-level automated driving range is intended to remain at the existing location and provides an approximate 30-bays which will align with modern golfing expectations.

The driving range is intended to provide interaction with the driving range outfield via the use of ball tracking technology capable of tracking the flight of a golf ball and adding graphics to make this visible on a screen and enhance the driving range experience. Dedicated bays will also be included for tuition and coaching.

Driving range closure

The driving range is closed for public use. Lessons and clinics are available and can be booked online.

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Artworks commissioning at Hamersley Public Golf Course

Tuart is the focus of the Public Art Commission for Hamersley Public Golf Course

Hamersley Public Golf Course is well known for its large Tuart trees, which has been the inspiration for artist Pamela Gaunt. Pamela will work alongside consultants from Apparatus to create a series of interconnected works that form a narrative as they traverse the site from the entrance to the club house through to the new driving range. The artwork acts as a metaphor for nature’s cycles. It is anticipated these artworks will evoke a shifting visual experience and sensorial response from visitors/patrons through the incorporation of tactile surfaces, illumination, shadows, discoverable elements, and experiences that reflect different aspects of the Tuart – seed pods, flowers, nuts, and leaves. The intent is that these public artworks, once integrated into the fabric of the building will play a role in shaping the experience of the golf course and cultivate a sense of appreciation of the Tuart tree and its landscape.

Image: Artists impression of driving range soffit artwork.

FAQs

What is the scope of redevelopment?

The scope includes a new built golf pavilion to accommodate outdoor seating, reconfigure the internal layout to incorporate new modern restaurant, multi-purpose function room, café, kiosk, alfresco dining, male/female changing rooms/toilets, pro-shop including administration areas, moveable putting green, golf carts storage, approximately 68 additional car parking bays and landscaping.

When is construction expected to commence?

  • Construction commenced in October 2023.
  • The expected completion date is Summer 2024
  • The food and beverage operator is expected to be procured in early 2024.
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For more information, or to receive this information in an alternative format, contact Sanjay Khosla on (08) 9205 8866.

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