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Land sale a way to fund golf club's revamp

ANNA LOREN
Last updated 05:00 10/04/2014
Grange Golf Club

GREEN LIGHT: The board of the Grange Golf Club plans to sell surplus land.

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A large chunk of land could soon be on offer at Papatoetoe's Grange Golf Club.

The club's board is calling for expressions of interest from developers to come up with a plan for part of its 44ha grounds.

Surplus land will be sold to pay debts and improve the club's facilities.

Reconstructing the course to make it really fun, exciting and challenging to play will be top of the list, chairman Rob Chemaly says.

"Pressure is on clubs like ours to ensure we continue to attract and retain members, and this can only be achieved if we provide a golf experience of the very highest standard."

The board wants to retain an 18-hole course, club house and teaching facilities.

It has identified a number of land "parcels" that could potentially be sold but Chemaly says it has no exact figures yet.

"We have an idea what we think we could release without affecting our current circumstances. What we're looking for from the developers . . . is to tell us what's possible to release and how we can extract the most possible value."

Land in Papatoetoe is in high demand and is likely to sell quickly, he says.

The Grange has occupied its spot near Middlemore Hospital for about 70 years and the grounds are valued at about $42 million.

A memorandum of understanding was signed last year with the neighbouring Royal Auckland Golf Club regarding a possible merger.

But Chemaly says those talks have been discontinued by Royal Auckland.

"They decided they didn't want to proceed."

The Grange aims to have more concrete plans in place in a few months.

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- Manukau Courier

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