An examination of management and governance issues arising in residential golf complexes
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This study provides an examination of governance issues arising in residential golf communities. A residential golf community can be referred to as a multi titled golf development (MTGD) where separately titled houses and a golf course coexist within an identifiable estate that typically has a single road entry point. The study's objectives are to outline typical governance arrangements concerning the assignment of rights between accommodation owners and golf course entities in Queensland MTGDs, and to explore the nature of governance challenges arising in connection with the assignment of rights between these two parties. Drawing on qualitative data collected from thirteen interviews with Queensland-based developer representatives and body corporate managers experienced in MTGDs, it has been found that there is a legislative trend towards accommodation owners experiencing diminished levels of influence on golf course management and operations. All interviewees felt this to be the most appropriate model for future MTGDs. It is nevertheless noted that this development signifies a degree of neighbourhood disenfranchisement for residential owners and that a poorly managed golf course can negatively influence residential property values and political harmony in an MTGD.
Pacific Rim Property Research Journal
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