Federal Group and Kin Capital have selected Beau Welling Design to redesign the golf course at Country Club in Prospect Vale, a suburb of Launceston in the north-east of the Australian island. The project will be Welling’s first in the country.
Welling says: “While the course will stress playability in its design, the new routing will also provide a stern test to low handicap golfers through an emphasis on course strategy, shot values, and ‘risk-reward’ scenarios.”
The new design will be based on several core principles: adequate width off the tee to provide options to navigate from tee to green; preferred angles of play guarded by distinctive hazard placements; both subtle and dramatic green contouring to reward precise shot-making; and interesting green surrounds to promote creative recovery shot options.
“Golf is a great opportunity to unite people and bring communities closer,” says Welling. “Country Club Estate will be a prime example as the course is intended to be accessible for all levels of play and is designed to foster a community environment where all golfers will be able to have fun and enjoy the course round after round.”
The course will be complemented by new practice facilities and will anchor a new residential and community development that will also include a large park, trails, tennis and a gym and wellness centre.
Welling expects the new course – located just over an hour’s drive from Barnbougle Dunes – to be a “unique, classically-styled parkland course” addition to Tasmania’s golf offerings.