RE-ELECTED Bendigo East MP Jacinta Allan understood the appeal of a driving range and pitch ‘n’ putt golf course when she announced pre-election funding of $250,000 for the project, just before polling day.
Neangar Park Golf Club president Phil DeAraugo said he had received encouraging feedback about the proposal from locals, including people who don’t play golf.
“It is a good way to get into golf,” he said, referring to the scaled down game.
All things going to plan,
Mr DeAraugo said earthworks to build the driving range could get under way by early February, with the grass laid the same month.
From there, construction of the pitch ‘n’ putt course should start next winter and be complete by Neangar Park’s Pro Am in early 2020.
The scale of works at the club also includes demolishing a disused machinery shed and toilet block and building additional storage space on to an existing building.
Plans are before the City of Greater Bendigo council.
Mr DeAraugo said the club would fund the remainder of the $350,000 project.