Date: June 03, 2016
Author: Dave Tease, Golf NSW

Kembla Grange inks $7 million deal

A $7 million upgrade to Kembla Grange Golf Club will begin immediately after the Illawarra based Club and its amalgamated events partner, Dapto Leagues Club, signed a deal with the world’s largest third party golf management company, Troon.

The upgrade of the Illawarra course will include refurbishment of the clubhouse, function facilities and golf course. It follows a decision by The Grange and the Dapto Leagues board to ensure the continued prosperity, membership loyalty and the growth of the club.

Stage one of the development includes the new club house, pro shop, amenities, bar and cafe, 200 guest function room, gardens and front entrance being completed later this year.

Troon, a leader in upscale golf facility management, development and marketing, plans to drive golf tourism to the South Coast and the Illawarra through it’s global club network of 200 clubs currently under management worldwide.

Dapto Leagues Club President Gary Tozer is thrilled with the agreement and said he believed it was the start of a new era for the 52-year-old club.

“The Grange has been one of the foremost golf clubs in the Illawarra. As part of our strategy to deliver a better customer experience, we’ve already started improvements on our clubhouse, the events facilities and the golf course itself,” he said.

Mr Tozer said the board wanted the club to not only be a great community sport and leisure destination for the people of the Illawarra but also the world.

The Club and Troon are planning to encourage more social activities at the venue and improve the course layout to challenge all golf members and visitors.

Troon International Division Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director Bruce Glasco said Troon was excited by the partnership.

“The Grange presented us with the opportunity for a perfect partnership,” he said.” The Grange and Dapto League’s approach to continually improving customer experience is a mirror of Troon’s own commitment to supporting the communities around our clubs,” Mr Glasco said.

Dapto Leagues Club Chief Eecutive David Hiscox said it was an ambitious project to invest in renovation, expansion and improved course design that would exceed people’s existing expectations.

“The revitalised club will expand its appeal to cater for everyone’s needs on and off the course from weddings to conferences, not to mention attracting additional golf tourism to the South of NSW boosting the local economy,” he said.