New course planned for New South Wales, Australia

A small, unpretentious vacation spot on the southern coast of New South Wales wants a bigger, brighter profile, and it believes an 18-hole golf course will help bring it.

Oaks Ranch is a 610-acre spread in Mossy Point, 15 miles south of Batemans Bay, where kangaroos roam freely and guests hike, ride horses and enjoy the views. The property has 15 houses for overnight stays, some meeting space, a restaurant and a nine-hole golf course.

Pending local approvals, however, the ranch will soon be transformed. The ranch plans to add 90 houses and 186 “short-stay” units, a village center, an equestrian center and other attractions. It also plans to close the existing course and replace it with a resort-style, championship-length track.

Provent Property Group, a development firm based in Warriewood, is managing the ranch’s makeover. The company expects to submit its development proposal, which will include a rezoning request for the houses, sometime this spring. It’s currently looking for financing and a firm to manage the ranch.

Martin Cork, Provent’s development manager, says that the ranch hopes to break ground on the golf course in early 2011. A preliminary routing has been created, but a designer hasn’t yet been selected.

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