Retirement living apartments with golf course views, a new putt putt course and even a virtual reality golf facility….these are some of the proposals in a new development application lodged for a Brisbane-based club site.

Retirement village operator Reside Communities announced on 29 March it had lodged the application for Carindale’s Pacific Golf Club.

The proposed retirement village will include 200 independent living apartments across seven buildings. The project will offer a mix of one bedroom, two bedroom, two bedroom plus study and three bedroom apartments, with many having golf course views.

Community facilities for resident use will include a swimming pool, cinema, resident bar, billiards and gym. Landscaped green space and underground carparking will also be provided.

The project will take up 1.3 hectares of the 55 hectares owned by the club and will also include a brand new clubhouse for use by club members, residents and the community. This clubhouse will include a bar, restaurant, café and gaming room.

Other new club facilities will include a putt putt course, virtual reality indoor golf facility, upgrades to the existing par three course and new practice facilities and driving range.

Reside Communities CEO Glen Brown said the project was a response to significant need for retirement living accommodation throughout Brisbane.

“There are currently more than 11,000 people aged over 65 living in Carindale and surrounding suburbs,” he said. “By 2025, there will be more than 14,000.”

“Not everyone wants to age in their existing family homes, but most want to stay in their community and this village will be an important retirement option for people in the local area.”

Artist's impression of the proposed Pacific Golf Club retirement living apartments


In addition to providing quality retirement living options for local retirees, the project will also provide Pacific Golf Club with long-term financial viability.

Club members have overwhelmingly supported the project. Pacific Golf Club president Craig Austen said: “This is an exciting moment for the club because the project can secure the club’s future with improved member and community facilities.

“It also preserves the long-term future of 53 hectares of green space right in the heart of Carindale.”

The golf course’s existing 18-hole course and par three course will also be preserved.

The project is expected to be listed on once development approval has been achieved.

Clubs are proving increasingly popular locations for new retirement and seniors housing projects - see our March 2019 story on this issue.