City of Whittlesea offers Growling Frog Golf Course for lease with development options

The City of Whittlesea council is offering a 129-hectare golf course, with hospitality redevelopment potential, in Melbourne’s north-east.

The leasehold for the Graham Marsh designed Growling Frog Golf Course (pictured top) includes the potential to build new facilities on a two hectare portion.

Accommodation – potentially in the form of an 80-bedroom hotel, and a new restaurant, capable of accommodating 150 patrons, are being mooted as possibilities by the council, which is being represented by Fitzroys agents Rick Berry and Tom Fisher.

Opened in 2004 and said to be the first Australian golf course to be built with 3D and GPS tracking technologies, the property currently includes an 18-hole golf course, driving range, pro shop, restaurant and café.

“Opportunities to develop new facilities and expand the functions and events area can reshape Growling Frog as a local hospitality icon,” Mr Berry told, which first reported the listing. “There is also the capacity to build accommodation on the site that could further enhance its appeal and reputation as a lifestyle and corporate destination for Victorians, interstate and international visitors alike”.

The council is seeking development ideas as part of a leasing arrangement which could extend to 30 years. The asset is at 1910 Donnybrook Road, about 38 kilometres north-east of the CBD.

A marketing photo showing parts of the site which can be developed.

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