Golf is often seen as a sport for the few and a game in decline – but Moore Park Golf is bucking both the stereotype and the trend. Meet the golf course that is continually delivering benefits for locals and tourists alike. Then come and enjoy it for yourself!
Let’s start by having a look at what can be enjoyed today:
Scottish beginnings…like golf itself!
Moore Park Golf was, in fact, the birthplace of public golf in New South Wales, but like the modern game of golf itself, the golf course has Scottish origins.
The golf course was founded in 1913 by two young Scottish immigrants, brothers Duncan and Charlie McMillan. It was designed by Carnegie Clark (a champion golfer, golf club manufacturer, a golf course architect and an organiser of professional golf in Australia…oh, and also born in Scotland).
While renowned figures from Australian golfing history have had an association Moore Park Golf over the years (like Dan Soutar, Carnegie Clark, Eric Apperly and Harry Sinclair), a more recent visitor to the course gave his verdict – John Daly.
Daly came to play back in 2014 and called the course “a little gem”.
The importance of Moore Park Golf to the community
Moore Park Golf is not your average golf course.
- It is one of Sydney’s only public golf courses that ensures the public enjoy more than 60% access, 7 days per week across 365 days per year (most clubs are inaccessible due to high access fees or are private).
- It is one of the most important golf facilities for the business tourism market in Sydney, being the closest public golf course to the CBD.
- It hosts an annual international world ranked event, endorsed by Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.
- Is is one of Australia’s only risk-assessed, all-inclusive disability friendly golf courses (read more about our support for disability golf here).
Moore Park Golf also supports kids, seniors and women’s participation in the sport:
- the Sydney Golf Academy (located on-site) is Australia’s busiest golf school.
- there are a range of dedicated programs to encourage participation from these groups (see a recent Sydney Weekender episode).
- 16 local schools participate in regular sports and recreation programs on-site.
- Moore Park Golf will host the U.S. Kids Golf Australian Open in January 2017 (also, see our recent post on a local up-and-coming golf champ!).
- A discounted rate for Seniors and emphasis on providing accessibility upgrades across the course has led to a 4% year-on-year increase in participation.
Additional benefits of golf
Golf is good for you. Literally. There are numerous social and health benefits of golf, including:
- increased social cohesion through regular and enduring social interaction
- increased life satisfaction
- prevention of chronic diseases (heart disease, diabetes, stroke)
- improved mental health through prevention of anxiety and depression
The benefits also go beyond these. Moore Park Golf is leading the way in disability inclusion which includes the introduction of the Paragolfer (a special mobility device that literally extends golf to people with disabilities, providing the key tool to help them return to the game they love or try it for the very first time).
Golf has proven to be great health benefit for an aging population. [T]he death rate for golfers is 40 percent lower than for other people of the same sex, age and socioeconomic status. This equates to a 5-year increase in life expectancy for regular golfers. - Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)
The numbers add up
Here’s a quick snapshot of the key numbers from the last 12 months at Moore Park Golf:
Participation figures coming from the National Golf Foundation US are positive for the future, with one proviso. They say: “golf participation will continue to grow if emphasis is placed on conversions of grass roots golfers”.
Moore Park Golf is the key facility within NSW that creates and inspires the community pick up a golf club.
In addition, Moore Park Golf is not just a part of, but crucial to Centennial Parklands. The revenue raised from Moore Park Golf represents around 26% of the total budget of the self-funded Parklands.
So next time you play a round, you can be satisfied in knowing that you’re not only benefitting yourself, but providing a benefit that is enjoy by millions of people every year!
Moore Park Golf – come play!
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