Pelican Waters Golf Club Update

Hi all –

We know you have been missing your Pelican Waters Golf Club – for both the clubhouse facilities and the game itself – which is why we would like to keep you updated on progress.

The timing of the closure has come into question in recent weeks. COVID-19 brought upon us the most unprecedented of situations. While we understand that golf courses have not been closed in a blanket way in Queensland, our decision to close Pelican Waters was made with the best of intentions for all involved. With exciting plans for the upgrade of the clubhouse, additional club facilities and residential development already publicly confirmed, COVID-19 simply compelled us to start that work earlier than anticipated while prioritising the health of club and course staff, as well as our members and visitors, in a time when the full effect of the pandemic was still being realised. There was always going to be a closure period for this impressive project to be brought to life – the strategic and sensible move was to bring forward and complete the work while the majority of the general population abides by Federal and State Government regulations to #stayhome.

Clubhouse renovation

We are three weeks into the renovation of the clubhouse and it has undergone some major cosmetic changes. We have removed furnishings and gutted the interior as Stage 1 of this multi-million-dollar construction project. The project will see the kitchen refurbished, bar replaced and an extension built to provide more floor space. Planning work is also continuing at full steam towards the opening of a second stand-alone building adjacent to the clubhouse which will house Pelican Waters Golf Club’s expanded Pro Shop. Plans are being finalised for this building right now and will be released to you as soon as council endorsement is received. While it’s hard to commit to re-opening dates at such an early stage of construction, given the requirement for approvals and the complexities of the project, we anticipate re-opening the expanded clubhouse and brand-new Pro Shop in early 2021.

Driving range

Clearing works began last week to progress the golf driving range expansion. In broad terms, we are looking at a multi-level driving facility, associated teaching facilities, chipping areas, a putting green and parking. The details are well advanced, with timing to be aligned with Development Approvals. This industry-leading facility will be an excellent addition to the other upgrades being undertaken.
Please note: Fauna experts successfully completed their four-night, pre-clearing trapping program in the lead up to the commencement of clearing, as per Sunshine Coast Regional Council guidelines.

The course

Rest assured that some Pelican Waters Golf Club staff have been retained throughout this closure period to maintain our Greg Norman-designed course. In fact, our management team has been in regular contact with Greg Norman’s team again in recent weeks, working on plans for the new-and-improved reconfigured course, in line with our future residential development. Palm Lake Group knows what an asset the course is and we are working to ensure that it not only retains its playing status but climbs the list of Queensland’s (and the country’s) best courses.

The truth is that we cannot earmark a grand re-opening date for the reconfigured course at this early stage of the development. As that information becomes clearer, we will, of course, advise all members as our priority.

Membership refunds

We would also like to confirm that if you haven’t already had your membership refund processed, you should receive that refund in the coming days. Many members still need to provide us with bank details for refunds to be applied. Our office staff have more than 500 membership refunds to individually process as well as other event booking cancellations. Every member will receive a partial membership refund for the period from March 24 to April 30, 2020. We appreciate your patience.

Casual play, from May

Given the strong interest Palm Lake Group has received in recent weeks to reopen Pelican Waters Golf Course, we’ve spent the past few days considering how to allow the game to recommence. What we can announce is that we have targeted mid-May for Pelican Waters Golf Course to reopen for casual play. Once the details of this offering are finalised, including opening date and process for bookings, the per-round cost per player type will be published at www.pelicangolf.com.au Players will need to adhere to COVID-19-related hygiene and social distancing measures. For example, each timeslot will be limited to groups of two, with only one player per cart. The Club expects to open initially for a five-day week. Subject to patronage and other planning issues, we expect the course to open seven days per week in the near future. Palm Lake Group does, however, reserve the right to close the course at any time dependant on continuing redevelopment works. We hope this announcement will offer a spark of relief and joy in our most fanatical players – we really appreciate your ongoing support!

Handicaps

As we highlighted in our earlier correspondence, we can confirm that Golf Australia handicaps and Player’s Insurance will remain active until April 30, 2020, allowing members to play in other Club and District competitions. After this date, your handicap will become inactive but it does not lapse. When you return to Pelican Waters or temporarily join another club, simply provide your Pelican Waters Golf Link number and your handicap history will be transferred over to a new Golf Link number. The status of your GA handicaps can be found at www.golf.org.au. Simply click “Handicap Look-Up” and enter your Golf Link Number.

Staff movements

Palm Lake Group also wishes to advise that Andrew Kenny is no longer in his role as General Manager of Pelican Waters Golf Club. We thank him for his efforts and wish him well for the future. We are pleased to announce that Rob McCann will be in charge of the course on an interim basis.

While our greater project timeframes are unclear at this stage and we understand there are some frustrations because of that, what is crystal clear is that Pelican Waters Golf Club will be better than ever before once our work is complete. Palm Lake Group developments have won industry awards and our company is proud of its more than 40-year history here in Australia. We’ve developed some 35 residential communities along the country’s east coast, including our most recent and most opulent over-50s resort just 15 minutes north – Palm Lake Resort Caloundra Cay (to find out more about our benefit-laden Priority Purchase Offer for the future Palm Lake Resort Pelican Waters development, free call our Caloundra Cay Sales Centre on 1800 556 677).

We have made a very substantial investment in the Pelican Waters Golf Club precinct and we only want to see that investment flourish, for all.

We look forward to continuing to bring you further project updates.