The Frankton golf course will be managed by the Queenstown
Lakes District Council-controlled organisation Lakes Leisure
from March 22.
In a statement released yesterday, Lakes Leisure said it
would assume full management of the course and intended
developing it into a golf learning centre to attract younger
players, particularly teenagers.
Lakes Leisure chief executive Ruth Stokes said the timing
worked well for the Queenstown Golf Club, which had been
managing the centre under contract. The Queenstown club
intended to shift its full focus to the Kelvin Heights
Last July, the Frankton Golf Centre became part of Lakes
Leisure's portfolio of council-owned facilities when the
Queenstown club's lease expired.
Golf pro Jamie McIsaac would continue to work for the
Frankton centre and it would be ''business as usual'' for
members, Ms Stokes said. The council intends to include
funding in its 2015 long-term plan to develop a further
9-hole course, possibly on Remarkables Park Ltd-owned land.
The Queenstown Airport, which borders the golf course, partly
owns the course and has indicated it is likely to require the
land for its expanding aviation activities in about 2020.