Mini Golf on the Score Card at Howlong

Howlong Golf Resort mini golf concept plans.

The first concept plans for a mini golf project at Howlong Golf Resort have been revealed, designed to boost interest in golf and build skills for juniors and beginners.

General Manager Chris Rebbechi says mini golf will also add to the resort’s appeal for visitors.

“This is what’s called a Next Generation type of mini golf, not putt putt, which is the novelty type course,” Chris said.

“It’s a skills based course which provides a challenge for people of all ages, including adults who take their golf seriously, but also those who want to play with the kids and have a lot of fun.”

The project is estimated to cost around $150,000 with $40,000 bequeathed from the estate of long-time member of Howlong Golf Resort, and respected local property owner, the late Mr. Hilton Nicholas.

“Mr. Nicholas was passionate about junior golf and the Howlong Golf Resort and this project is designed to be a lasting legacy to him,” Chris said.

Although the concept is only in the early stages, it’s expected to become a significant drawcard.

“We’ll wind the mini golf course around our existing lakes, gardens, bridges and water fountain.

“We can imagine people sitting on our outdoor deck, or inside the club-house and looking at the mini golf course and enjoying the setting.

“There’s nothing quite like this anywhere in the area. We’re talking to Murray Region Tourism and they’re really excited about it because one of their priorities is the improvement of existing infrastructure at golf courses.

“This project has been identified as a tourism product development opportunity based on its target market appeal, economic viability and potential to increase visitation, extend length of stay and improve the quality of the visitor experience,” Chris said.

The Club is currently seeking opportunities for grant funding with the assistance of Murray Region Tourism Board.

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