THE transformation of surplus Howlong Country Golf Club land into a 35-lot residential sub-division has started.
Earthmoving contractor Excell Gray Bruni has moved onto the land bought for an undisclosed amount by Howlong builder Glen Hall to prepare the site bordered by the Riverina Highway, Read Street and Golf Club Drive for more homes.
The land situated near the golf club motel had remained undeveloped for many years.
Corowa Council planning approval for the sub-division was ticked off late last year and site preparation works including road creation and drainage are anticipated to take 11 weeks.
Mr Hall is building four, 4.5 star two-bedroom, self-contained apartments as part of the golf club motel complex, which has had $250,000 spent on improvements in recent months.
Golf club general manager Chris Rebbechi said the land sale and sub-division would further boost the club when completed.
“We need more accommodation, better offerings, so this is a great deal for us,” he said.
“It not only meant we got a land sale at a good price.
“But we get a great quality builder putting people right beside our golf course.
“We will get people who want to live in Howlong and people who are going to relocate there because they are interested in the golf club.”
Mr Rebecchi said the club’s 4000 strong membership was one of the biggest in Australia.
Proceeds from the sale of the land sold to Mr Hall is being used to build the motel apartments.
“The club has experienced strong growth over recent years which has placed demand on accommodation,” Mr Rebbechi said.
“The development helps to meet this demand and offer a new style of accommodation to complement the existing resort facilities.”
Meanwhile, the golf club has been announced as a finalist in the Clubs NSW community awards with two nominations in the environmental category.
It has invested in a review of energy consumption with a solar system comprising 320 solar panels which doubles as an undercover car park.