Home in one: Downsizers get their dose of greens and irons

Retirement village developers drive the golf message home

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CART WHEELS: Golf lover Wendy Butler rides the red carpet as the first resident to move in to Living Choice's new Flagstaff Hill development in Adelaide.

CART WHEELS: Golf lover Wendy Butler rides the red carpet as the first resident to move in to Living Choice's new Flagstaff Hill development in Adelaide.

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Retirees just a hop, skip, and a putt away from all the golfing action

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Instead of a treechange, how about a tee-change?

When it comes to getting your daily dose of greens and iron, Australia's downsizers are well looked after, with plenty of retirement communities popping up on, or near, golf courses.

According to Golf Australia, the average age of club members across the country is 56.3 (for men it's 54.7 and for women it's 63.9 years).

So no wonder more and more developers are offering golf course access as part of their over-55 retirement living offerings.

Here's what's new on the fairways from around the country.

In Newcastle, Merewether Golf Club's $120m redevelopment has moved to the next tee, with the Regional Planning Panel giving the green light for the concept stage of Thirdi Group's seniors living project.

The joint-venture project, which will be managed by the group's aged care business Third Age, includes 148 serviced apartments, a new clubhouse, health and fitness centre and other amenities.

Plans for Merewether Golf Club include four six-storey unit blocks along one of the existing fairways adjoining the redeveloped clubhouse.

Plans for Merewether Golf Club include four six-storey unit blocks along one of the existing fairways adjoining the redeveloped clubhouse.

"We'd like to think we can lodge [the DA] by the end of June," Thirdi Group sales director Luke Berry said.

If approved, the precinct will be constructed in four six-storey unit blocks along one of the existing fairways adjoining the redeveloped clubhouse.

"The golf club will benefit from a new clubhouse, restaurant facilities and a wellness centre that will be shared between the club [members] and the community of the seniors village," Mr Berry said.

"We're proposing a 25-metre lap pool, gym, consult rooms so you can have local businesses come to the facility.

"The broader community will benefit from a multi-million dollar clubhouse, restaurant, sports bar and we'd like to think, back to the olds days when this club was centre to weddings and conferences, we're going to be able to create that for this club and the community."

Apartments at Aveo Newcastle with views of the fairway.

Apartments at Aveo Newcastle with views of the fairway.

Also in Newcastle,Aveo Newcastle located in Shortland Waters Golf Club gives residents exclusive access to the community centre and brand new Shortland Waters Golf Club restaurant.

The $250 million retirement community is located with golf course fairways and natural bush walkways.

In Queensland, construction is well underway at The Verge at Burleigh Golf Club on the Gold Coast.

RetireAustralia is developing a medium-rise retirement village at the Miami golf club, including independent living apartments and care apartments, along with a separate health and wellbeing hub.

Rubbing shoulders with the Burleigh Golf Course and minutes from some of Australia's best beaches, The Verge at Burleigh G.C. the first residents are expected to move in any time soon.

Located alongside the 10th fairway, there are a rangeof one, two and three-bedroom apartments, selling from $510,000.

League of its own

Also on the Gold Coast, golf and rugby league fans looking to downsize on the Gold Coast can be close to all the action at a new retirement community planned for Parkwood.

Living Choice has been given the green light to build a $160-million village overlooking The Club at Parkwood Village precinct - the official home of the Gold Coast Titans.

The 210 apartments, located across six buildings, will overlook a lake and the championship 18-hole Parkwood Golf Course.

The Club at Parkwood Village is already a thriving community hub, offering a wide choice of dining, entertainment, sporting, fitness and medical facilities, which will be just a short walk or buggy ride from the retirement village.

GREEN VIEWS: Living Choice's $160-million village will overlook an 18-hole golf course at the thriving The Club at Parkwood Village precinct.

GREEN VIEWS: Living Choice's $160-million village will overlook an 18-hole golf course at the thriving The Club at Parkwood Village precinct.

An added bonus is the Titans train next to the village, so league fans will have the best view of the team in action throughout the season.

It is hoped display apartments will be ready by April. Living Choice has 10 communities in Queensland, NSW and SA. This is its first on the Gold Coast.

Golf cart offer

Over-50s lifestyle resort operator Palm Lake Resorts, which operates with more than 25 communities across Australia, including 15 in Queensland, offers residents many ways to play and perfect their golf game.

Depending on the location, homeowners might enjoy an on-site nine-hole resort course, a golf simulator room, chip-and-putt greens or even mini golf sure to keep the whole family entertained.

The Palm Lake Group also owns and operates Pelican Waters Golf Club - the Greg Norman-designed course that has been rated the best public-access course on the Sunshine Coast.

Hosting Golf Australia's Queensland Open from March 11-14, Palm Lake Resort residents can also play Pelican Waters Golf Course for free.

While golf has proven to be a favourite pastime for many residents, perfecting their technique can be a long game.

Lucky they are able to call on the expertise of world-class golf coach and head of coaching at the golf club, Grant Field.

Buy a new Palm Lake Resort Queensland home before June 30, 2021, and get a fre golf car.

Buy a new Palm Lake Resort Queensland home before June 30, 2021, and get a fre golf car.

"My passion is to help people better their technique and fall in love with the game even more, no matter their skill level," Grant said.

"There are so many great aspects to this sport - mental and physical health, the social benefits and community aspects - so I'm really passionate about improving the golf offering for Palm Lake Resort residents."

On top of all the other golfing bonuses available to residents, those who purchase a new home in a Palm Lake Resort Queensland location before June 30, 2021, receive a luxury Club Car "Tempo" golf car, valued at up to $20,000, free.

Meanwhile Aura Holdings is currently behind a luxury development at Indooroopilly Golf Club in Brisbane's western suburbs.

Aura Holdings director Tim Russell said residents of the much-anticipated over 60s' living development can be as engaged in the village and golfing community as they wish.

"As a Somerset resident how you wish to spend your days will be up to you, but you'll have like-minded friends on hand and, of course, always ready to join you on the beautiful course," he said.

Bordering Brisbane River the club offers a 36-hole championship course, with a driving range and putting green next to the clubhouse.

The masterplan scheme, designed by Cox Architecture, will see four five-storey buildings built over two stages.

First for South Australia

Living Choices' new Flagstaff Hill development is South Australia's first fully-integrated golf course and retirement community.

Located at Flagstaff Hill Golf Club in Adelaide, a par 72 golf course studded with old gums and two natural creeks, the community's residents will be able to virtually step out of their front door and onto the fairway.

PAR NONE: Golf views at Flagstaff Hill in Adelaide. Artist's impression

PAR NONE: Golf views at Flagstaff Hill in Adelaide. Artist's impression

Construction is continuing on the 42-villa development, and the first residents have moved in.There are four designs to choose from.

The new clubhouse will have apartments above it, ranging from one- to four-bedroom units with undercover car and buggy parking.

Other facilities planned include a large function room with stage, surround sound cinema, two golf simulators, indoor heated pool, library, art/craft studio and library. A mini golf course is also proposed.

"You can spend your days improving your game on the golf course, enjoy all the facilities this wonderful community has to offer and then stroll home to your beautiful villa or apartment surrounded by green space and birdlife," said Living Choice national marketing manager Lina Hooper.

"It's the perfect retirement lifestyle."

Aerial view of Bellarine Lakes Country Club and golf course.

Aerial view of Bellarine Lakes Country Club and golf course.

In Victoria, the Bellarine Peninsula, near Geelong, is a mecca for golf lovers. Here you can Tee off at lush golf courses, wander down historic streetscapes, explore the foodie scene and wineries or head for a swim at bay and ocean beaches.

Bellarine Lakes Country Club even has its own private golf course, as well as scheduled monthly events and around 30 groups doing everything from cycling and fishing to walking and wine appreciation.

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