Sandringham Golf Links Project

Sandringham Golf Club

Golf Victoria and Sandringham Golf Links Management have developed a joint Project proposal for the Sandringham Golf Links course with funding support from the Victorian State Government.  The Project concept includes new and improved playing and practice facilities for the course which will be available for public use.  These improvements are designed to address key golf participation trends such as providing short game options and practice facilities to encourage new markets such as young-people, female participants and time-poor players.

The Project also proposes to incorporate a number of environmental initiatives including the creation of a new water body and an increase in the number of indigenous trees and vegetation.   The additional water body will increase the stormwater capture and storage, improving the environmental sustainability of the course by reducing its reliance on potable water.  The increased availability of water will significantly improve the playing surfaces on tees, greens and fairways.

Click here for further background information and answers to some FAQ’s. 

The Project concept includes the following elements:

·      Public driving range: 350 metre (approximately) long driving range including grass tees and target greens. 

·      Public short game practice area:  Large chipping area and putting green.

·      Public golf training facilities:  Indoor training facilities including golf simulators.

·      Public café:  Public café within the main building with views over the course.

·      An area for Golf Victoria and Course Management: Administration space for Golf Victoria and Sandringham Golf Links staff.

·      Creation of another water body: For water storage and course irrigation, reducing the course’s reliance on potable water.  

·      Increase the number of indigenous trees and vegetation.

·      Course safety improvements.

·      For further information on the Project and the concept please view the Consultation Background Paper.


Project Updates - 8 November 2017

The project team has received lots of feedback and suggestions during our initial consultation meetings which we have been progressively working through.  We anticipated we would have been able to provide a revised course concept plan but we are still working through some of the feedback and suggestions received. 

The project team view the consultation as an opportunity to work with the community to find the best proposal for the project, and the feedback on the initial plans has proved very useful.   When the project team has finalised the next iteration of the course concept plan that addresses most, if not all, the comments and feedback received, stakeholders and the community will have the opportunity to provide further comment on them.  


Second Round of Consultation

Two revised course layout options have been prepared by the appointed Project course designer, Mike Clayton, from OCCM, an internationally renowned golf course design and construction company.  Both options incorporate the key elements of the Project proposal as outlined in the Project Background Information Paper, but also respond to much of the feedback, comments and suggestions received about the initial concept plan during the first round of stakeholder consultation held in September.  Option A retains a similar total length for the golf course as currently exists, and is a 15 hole course that requires three holes to be played twice to achieve an 18 hole round.  Option B is a shorter course in total length, however, retains 18 separate holes.  Both options include a new building to consolidate into one building the current separate facilities accommodating the pro shop, café, change rooms and public toilets.

The Project Team and Council now want to receive your feedback on the two course layout options.  You can be involved in the following ways:

  1. Go to Bayside City Council’s ‘Have Your Say’ page where additional background information about the Project is available, and where you can complete an on-line questionnaire.
  2. Drop into one of the three planned Information Sessions, where members of the Project Team will be available to speak to you about the Project and provide additional insight into each of the two course layout options.  You can drop in at any time during the one and a half hour sessions, and it will be possible for you to access the on-line survey during your visit.  The three Information Sessions will be held in the café at the Sandringham Golf Links, enter off Cheltenham Road, Cheltenham:
  •     ·         Wednesday 24 January 2018, 3.30pm – 5.00pm
  •     ·         Wednesday 24 January 2018, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
  •     ·         Tuesday 30 January 2018, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

The opportunity to provide feedback on the two course layout options will be open until 12 midday on 1 February 2018.


Project Update - 24 September 2018

At the 20 February 2018 Ordinary Meeting of the Bayside City Council, Councillors met to review the comments and feedback associated with the second round of consultation which saw 108 attendees across the 3 ‘drop on sessions’ and 185 responses to the survey that was provided on Council’s “Have Your Say” Website.  Council resolved to ‘provide consent as land owner for a Planning Permit Application to be submitted based on Option B – an 18 hole golf course’, the option that provides the greatest benefits to the broader community.

Since February 2018, the Project team has been refining the course layout with particular focus on maintaining the proposed scorecard whilst minimising the impact on vegetation, creating course safety improvements, optimising water storage capacity and enhancing the overall biodiversity of the site through an extensive revegetation/planting program. To assist with this design process, extensive consultation was undertaken with a range of stakeholders including the Bayside Friends of Native Wildlife, Bayside Community Nursery, Beaumaris Conservation Society and the Bayside City Council.

The Project team has also been working closely with the building Architect to develop the designs for the new proposed facility that will consolidate the current separate facilities and include a café, public toilet and change room facilities, administration facilities, indoor high-performance facilities and education spaces.

On 12 July, 2018 Golf Victoria lodged a Planning Permit Application for the proposed Sandringham Golf Links Redevelopment with the Bayside City Council.  Council has now progressed the Planning Permit Application to the “Public Notification Stage” – a 14 day period (commencing Monday 24 September 2018) that is provided to any person who may be affected by the application to make a submission to the responsible authority.  After the notification period, Council planning officers will undertake their assessment of the application.  This will include consideration of any submissions made as well as referral comments and the application documentation.  A report will then be prepared and considered by Councillors at a Council meeting, where the application will be finally determined.

It is difficult to determine exactly how long the ‘Planning Permit’ process will take to finalise, however, it is envisaged that if a Planning Permit is issued in the not too distant future, that the Project implementation stage will commence in early 2019.


Project Enquiries

Please contact Barb Gaiotto, Waypoint, at


Background Information and FAQs

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