Hills Golf Course 'not going anywhere' until 2029

THE owner of Hills Golf Course has declared his business is not going anywhere despite a pending development application to rezone the site surrounding the school to a low density residential area.

DIGGING IN: Hills Golf Course operator Robert McNamara and head golf professional Daniel Hannisett say the business is not going anywhere for at least 10 years. Photo: Jacob Wilson

DIGGING IN: Hills Golf Course operator Robert McNamara and head golf professional Daniel Hannisett say the business is not going anywhere for at least 10 years. Photo: Jacob Wilson

Developer Urban Construct lodged the change of use application with Logan City Council which, if approved, would put it a step closer towards creating 750 homes and 113 hectares of open space.

Hills Golf Course operator Robert McNamara told the Jimboomba Times he was prepared to enforce his lease on the golf course until 2029.

"I'm tipping that I could get into a legal fight as to whether my lease is enforceable which my solicitor says it is," he said.

"Urban Construct is the biggest property developer in South Australia against a little bloke like me...I have got the resources to dig in but my pockets are not as deep as theirs.

"Members are asking if we will still be here next year. Yes we will be but we are struggling to get this message out there.

"It is stressful, we are still making money but it is getting harder."

The Jimboomba Times sent questions to an Urban Construct spokesperson and received a joint statement on behalf of Urban Construct and Hills College.

"The (change of use) application does not allow for any works to occur onsite and will not impact the operation of the current golf course. We welcome discussions with the existing operator at the appropriate time to enable the continuation of golf course related activities on the site post the development of the land."

Mr McNamara said the golf course was an iconic breeding ground for local champions like Jason Day, and Yani Tseng.

"The golf course has produced champions and we want to keep producing champions," he said.

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