Stonecutters Ridge is a Greg Norman designed golf course. Beautifully landscaped across rolling hills, it’s designed to challenge even the most avid golfer. But while Greg and his design company “Medallist” may have designed the course, they never intended on running it.
Early on in 2008, Ashlar Golf Club was approached by Medallist about possibly relocating their club to Stonecutters Ridge and jump starting SCR member base. This proposal was originally considered to be, more or less, a swap of land. Medallist would allow Ashlar to relocate at virtually no fee, and the club would hand over the land that the current course resides on – eventually to be turned into a new housing development. Though given a decent look, the lack of support by surrounding residents at Ashlar to provide adequate road access and the “economic climate” proved to be too difficult to push the move through, and the idea was shelved.
Fast forward two years, and the idea has surfaced once again – with Australia weathering the global financial climate relatively well. While no answer has been given yet, the board is said to be considering the move and an answer was supposed to be given by July 1. It’s much more likely to go ahead now, as opposed to when the idea was first pitched in 2008. Over the last two years, the world was hit hard by the fall out of sub-prime lending and, closer to home, Ashlar lost its clubhouse to an early morning fire. A move to a new course has never looked so good for Ashlar.
While a huge number of factors would go into relocating an entire golf club to a new course, it’s easy to see why they’re again considering the offer. Stonecutters Ridge is a Greg Norman designed golf course. The chance for it to become a future championship golf course is very real but with that aside, its location just off the M7 provides an excellent place to hold corporate golf days and related events. The proposed facilities at the clubhouse will provide excellent solutions for hosting events after a day of golf. Needless to say, Ashlar sees this too.
So with what seems to be a positive outcome for both Ashlar GC and Stonecutters Ridge looming on the horizon, all that’s really standing in the way is a majority vote by the current club members. Recent speculation shows the approval rate at around 90% so if this is the case, we’re likely to see a move to Stonecutters Ridge when it’s set to open in early 2011. This is a promising move for the future of both Ashlar GC and the Stonecutters Ridge community. As a future Stonecutters Ridge resident, whileI look forward to welcoming the existing member base and making new friends and acquaintances, I would be interested in seeing how Medallist will handle this with those who have purchased land at Stonecutters Ridge. Part of the ‘reward’ for buying at SCR was the waiving of the joining fee. With an influx of members who haven’t bought at Stonecutters, yet can bypass the joining fee, you’d think we’d be compensated somehow.
As we’ve said with everything else related to building our home – only time will tell.