Returning golf course to public open space


Elsternwick Golf Course ceased activities on 30 June 2018 and the site has been re-opened as public parkland for recreational use including picnics, running, walking and other activities.

Dogs must be on-leash at all times. Dogs can be walked off leash in the parkland south of Bent Avenue.

Work has started on technical investigations to determine the possibilities and limitations for turning the former golf course into an environmentally-focussed park. This includes:

  • Feature assessment (including ground levels)
  • Groundwater assessment
  • Flood modelling
  • Soil assessments
  • Baseline flora and fauna survey

This work will inform public consultation to develop a master plan for the 14 hectares. Public consultation is expected to start in February 2019.

Four key priorities for the new park have been identified:

  • Environment
  • Public amenity
  • Flood mitigation
  • Water quality

A reference group of technical experts and community representatives has been initiated to explore these priorities and identify options for possible management models.