Beers on the golf course fail to tee off at tavern for Lake Claremont

Lake Claremont Golf Course.
Lake Claremont Golf Course.

CLAREMONT Council will recommend halving to 60 the number of golfers having a drink after a nine-hole round at a proposed tavern at Lake Claremont Golf Course.

“I note that residents of Claremont on the Park apartments may also use the tavern as their local watering hole, and not go to Bay View Terrace, and this will further increase congestion on our street,” Ray Sebo, a homeowner on adjacent Lapsley Road, told councillors at the meeting last night.

Mr Sabo said the course’s gym, cafe and a new adventure playground for children had already increased traffic.

Course operator Golf Oracle proposes a tavern licence to supply alcohol in the Golf Box clubhouse, which could also be consumed on the course, until 8pm Sundays to Thursdays and 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

The council had nine submissions from the public, from 98 contacted, in opposition because of claimed noise, rubbish, congestion, trading hours, anti-social behaviour and lower property values.

However, Golf Oracle’s submission said they were “only a tiny minority” of the area’s population, and that it had several demands daily for liquor, which was usually provided at all public and private golf clubs.

“The operator is also having to deal with confused and unhappy patrons when they are informed that there isn’t one currently and there these is an extensive application process unfolding,” a staff report said.

Councillors were concerned about drinking on the course and up to 100 cars leaving at closing.

“It’s possible the Golf Box could become a regular drinking venue to up to 120 people at any given time,” Cr Peter Browne said.

Cr Kate Main said it was “tradition” golfers had a beer on the course, but Cr Bruce Haynes said the request to drink on the fairways was for overflow from a clubhouse function.

It was agreed to tell the WA Planning Commission, which will make the final decision, the tavern be limited to 8pm closing every day, only 60 drinkers be allowed and a barrier erected to keep them near the clubhouse.