Gold Coast City Council has almost completed negotiations with a Tallebudgera golf course owner to buy his 11ha site, with suggestions it could be used for sports fields.
Les Polglase, owner of the Burleigh Palms Golf Course on Tallebudgera Creek Rd, confirmed he was selling the property to the council. The Kingscliff businessman said times were tough and he was ready to offload the nine-hole course in order to focus on his tavern at Pottsville on the Tweed coast.
"I have had the golf course for over five years now and it is a family business, with my son-in-law running it," he said. "But there are four golf courses in close vicinity in that area and the weather over the past two years has been a real killer.
"I've met some good people through owning the course and made some good friends but this is a business decision." Greenkeeper Loch Ledford, who has been in the role for more than 16 years, helped build the course and said he would be sad to see it go, but he understood the situation.
"Since Les has taken over we have had three major floods," he said.
"In the last two years we have had quite a few days shut because of wet weather."
The selling price is under wraps, with the council remaining tight-lipped, but the Bulletin understands it is less than the $3.2 million Mr Polglase paid for it.
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