Eastern Golf Club to be sold for housing

Eastern Golf Club board members will sell the popular Doncaster course.

Accessed from 12 streets, the 48 hectare parcel is worth about $100 million.

It could make way for end-product – including apartment and office towers on Doncaster Road – valued at more than $1 billion.

The bulk of the land suits low density housing; agents had previously speculated the fairways could be subdivided into about 1000 lots.

Site history

The Eastern Golf Club course replaced an orchard in 1924, members built the clubhouse in the historic Tullamore, still on the block.

Leading golf architect of the time Sam Berriman was employed to map it out.

Then prime minister Stanley Bruce opened it (story continues below).

Today the property is off an Eastern Freeway exit, surrounded by established neighbourhoods, a commercial hub on Doncaster Rd, and a Westfield shopping centre.

Council anticipates much larger development in coming years – its Doncaster Hill Activity Centre plan allows for high-rises.

Club future

The golf club board recently purchased 242ha at Yering in the Yarra Valley, for a replacement course.

“The club has appointed world recognised architects and other highly regarded consultants and we are well progressed with assembling a planning application to submit as part of the approval process of the new site,” general manager Benjamin Telley told The Age.

Urbis will manage the Doncaster expressions of interest campaign.

The listing is the biggest in Melbourne’s suburbs since the 56ha Austral Bricks quarry in Scoresby (and part of Wantirna South) traded to Mirvac for $100m early last year.

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Marc Pallisco

A former property analyst and print journalist, Marc is the publisher of realestatesource.com.au.