Council considers ban on golf

Nelson City Council is moving to rule out the common pastime of golf practice on city parks, but is likely to continue an exception for part of Neale Park.

The council received two anti-golf submissions on its draft reserves bylaw, both saying that flying golf balls were a danger in parks and reserves.

Planning and regulatory committee members looked at the issue last week, when staff offered the options of no golf except at the city's Waahi Taakaro Golf Course, a designated area at Neale Park - the status quo - or leaving golf out of the bylaw altogether.

Chairman Brian McGurk said it was a "split decision", with some support for keeping the Neale Park option open, and the final call would be made by the full council.

The staff report noted that there was potential for golf balls to travel a long way at speed "and often in an unpredictable direction". It recommended no golf practice to be allowed in any reserves other than the golf course, which has a practice area.

The Nelson Mail