Wednesday, 29 January 2020

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New owners intend to turn The Dunes into the best golfing facility on the Coromandel

The Dunes Golf Resort in Matarangi has earlier this month been purchased by a consortium of Matarangi property owners who intend to turn the golf course and clubhouse into the best golfing facility on the Coromandel Peninsula.

The consortium purchased the resort following a decision by the Environment Court in June this year confirming Thames-Coromandel District Council’s rezoning of the golf course as public open space in the operative TCDC District Plan.

“Following the purchase, we’ve embarked on an improvement and maintenance programme which will get the resort back to its former glory,” says Alan Dickinson, a spokesperson for the consortium of owners.

“We’ve leased out the clubhouse kitchen, which will be open to the general public from Friday 20 December. We’ve re-stocked the pro shop and clubhouse bar, which will also be open to the public from 20 December. In addition, we’ve invested in new golf carts and sets of clubs that people can hire.

“The long-term aim is for the Matarangi community to purchase the resort through the newly-established Matarangi Community Trust. In the meantime, we’ll be operating the resort as something the entire Matarangi community can be proud of.”

Simon Hill has been appointed as the resort’s operations manager. He’s familiar with The Dunes, having worked at the resort before spending some time overseas. “There’s a fantastic vibe around the resort at the moment,” he says. “Everyone is positive and looking forward to a very busy summer season.

“Tap beer is back at the bar and we have a few great membership deals going. For just $1,200 people can join The Dunes Golf Club for 16 months, until 31 March 2021. More than 40 new members have already signed up. For the first time in many years we also have a junior membership available. Green fees for visiting players have been set at $50 for 18 holes.

“We’ll be introducing a number of regular tournaments in 2020 and the ever-popular Matarangi Volunteer Fire Brigade ambrose fundraiser will be back in October next year.”

The clubhouse kitchen will be operated by David Terpend and Hannah Godliman under the name Epica Pizza. Both David and Hannah have many years’ experience in the hospitality industry. “Woodfire pizzas will be an important part of our menu, but diners will have a variety of other dishes to choose from as well,” says Hannah. “Our focus will be on fresh food people like to enjoy while on holiday at the beach. We expect our seafood and Japanese options, fresh salads and kids menu to be very popular.

“In addition to the familiar range of pizzas, like Margarita and Hawaiian, we’ll also have several speciality pizza options available, including seafood and slow roasted meats. We’ll be slow roasting our meats in the woodfire pizza oven at The Dunes clubhouse ourselves.”

The Dunes clubhouse bar and Epica Pizza will both be open seven days a week over summer, from 12:00 noon to 9:00pm. The Dunes pro shop will also be open seven days a week, from 7:00am to 5:00pm.

Pictured: The Dunes golf course in Matarangi.

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