The Minister for Sport, Senator Don Farrell, today announced $400,215 in funding towards the development of the Pilbara’s first green grass golf course.
Eighteen greens will be grassed to complement the Karratha Golf Course’s grassed fairways and will replace the existing sand greens.
“Karratha will soon be able to boast the only 18-hole green golf course for 1,000 kilometres – Broome’s grass golf course is 1,000 kilometres to the north and Kalbarri grass golf course is 1,000 kilometres south,” said Senator Farrell.
“Grassed greens will significantly enhance the golf experience and aesthetics of the course and encourage more golfers to play a round at the Karratha Country Club.
Senator for Western Australia, Louise Pratt said the upgrade will generate greater income for the club and provide amenities that are consistent with Pilbara Regional Plan and Karratha City of the North objectives.
“Sport and recreation make up a large part of the fabric of life in Karratha,” Senator Pratt said.
“Quality sport and recreation facilities are highly valued by the town’s residents. It’s vital that as Karratha grows, so do our recreational opportunities.
“Grassing the greens will enhance the recreation experience here in Karratha, attracting locals and visitors alike.
“Karratha has great golfing weather at times of the year when other parts of the state don’t, so the course will be a great asset.”
Treated wastewater will irrigate the greens and recycling will assist the Water Corporation in managing this resource as Karratha’s population continues to grow.
Senator Pratt said the funding for Karratha showed Federal Labor was serious about investing in regional and local communities to make them better places to live.
Funding for this project is already included in the Budget.