Coogee tee-off long way off

On course: Initial plans for a $9m, nine-hole golf course has made its way into the Cockburn’s submission to the Local Government Advisory Board.
On course: Initial plans for a $9m, nine-hole golf course has made its way into the Cockburn’s submission to the Local Government Advisory Board.

Talk of a golf complex has been around for a decade, but it looked like there could be some definitive news when it popped up in Cockburn’s submission to the Local Government Advisory Board in late October.

While details were scarce, the $9.7 million course was included as a planned infrastructure focus and will most likely be located on the east side of Cockburn Road and south of Spearwood Avenue.

‘The City has prepared a number of concept designs for a golf course over the subject land,’ said Cockburn’s engineering and works director Michael Littleton.

‘It is very conceptual at the stage; however the proposal is for a nine-hole golf course, driving range and clubhouse/function centre.’

Mr Littleton said there would be environmental hurdles to navigate first.

‘The City has completed a flora and fauna study over the site and have identified the necessary approvals required prior to commencing the project,’ he said.

‘We have not lodged any formal applications at this time given the timeframes for delivery. Water will be a significant issue to address.’

Property owners keen to cash in on the attraction of a golf course overlooking the ocean might have to think again with Landgate’s acting valuer general Graham Jeffery saying it was unlikely to impact the value of homes.

‘Generally golf courses don’t significantly impact on the value of homes within the surrounding locality,’ he said.

‘The exception can be where a new subdivision is designed and constructed with lots strategically positioned to optimize their aspect over the fairways and greens.

‘Other cases where houses are in reasonably close proximity and enjoy a pleasing outlook may also be enhanced in value. Other than these previous cases, where any increase would be modest, the construction of a golf course is unlikely to materially increase the median house prices.’