Following a hard-fought battle by a group of passionate local golfers, the popular Strathallan Golf Course has been saved from developers after La Trobe University agreed to extend the lease for the beloved course for another five years. While news of the lease renewal triggered widespread relief amongst the local golfing community earlier this week, most of the joy is coming from golfers who love the unique and nuanced back nine holes of the course.
The announcement last Friday was a surprise to many fans of the course, after years of speculation about La Trobe selling the land of for property development which, no doubt, would have made them a significant sum of money. However, the new five-year lease is a win for the little guy, and secures the course’s place in the hearts of many Diamond Valley golfers.
Self-professed “weekend hacker” Steve Carbine told The Watsonia Bugle, “It’s a relief, that’s for sure. I’ve been playing that course since I was a teenager and it was in amongst all those abandoned Mont Park buildings, long before Springthorpe was even mapped out on drafting paper. The course is superb, but my favourite part is the back nine. You’d be hard pressed to find a more unique and nuanced back nine on any course in Australia. And you can quote me on that.”