Nomination for Auckland WOTY...
A proper 9 Hole course might be OK, 9-Hole courses do tend to be more towards the pitch-and-putt end of the scale though which might be less acceptable to the golf fans
It's certainly hard to argue for maintaining Chamberlain Park in it's current state based on those numbers although I think you need to be cautious about adopting a "use it or lose it" approach to public amenities.
Intensive use of existing facilities (all weather fields, floodlights etc.) brings its own set of problems for the surrounding properties of those facilities as well. Noise, traffic, litter etc. that previously might not have been an issue.
Volcanic rock base, makes it the best draining course around. Plays well right through the Winter.
College Rifles Rugby has had 2 artificial surface playing fields since about 2009
Edit: I see someone else has already pointed this out.
Chamberlain Park Golf also has a strong association with NZ Maori Golf. Judge Mick Brown in 2011
In that way Chamberlain Park [where the programme is based] has been a godsend as it is a public course. Otherwise how are these youngsters going to afford to be members of a flash club?”
One thing that strikes me about playing fields is that the fields in local schools do seem to be underutilised outside of school hours esp. the primary and intermediate schools.
Could local councils come to some sort of arrangement with schools regarding maintenance of grounds in exchange for use in evenings/weekends?
Even helping with the $ to make the school fields all season a la Seddon Fields in exchange for use outside of school hours. The kids can’t even use the school fields themselves most of the winter.
There is generally a lack of co-operation between local governement and the MoE from my observation. Just look at the recent Unitary plan re-zoning and the effect on school rolls. The council just says “not my problem jack” talk to the Ministry.
Chamberlain (and Takapuna) are special in that they bring golf to the masses, anybody with a borrowed set of clubs can just rock up and queue for a Tee off unlike most other courses on the Auckland isthmus.
It was also previously shrunk when the Northwestern was put through, the outer fences for Chamberlain were right across the road from Western Springs.
Surely some sort of walking/cycling trails could be incorporated into the golf course and access over or under the North Western motorway to it from Western Springs would be good.
A pool, Parnell style but heated for year round use, would be fantastic though.
The people of Christchurch who's Red Zone payouts were based on their CV might disagree. Actually reasonably important that the CV has some resemblance to reality, esp. when they are recent CV's.