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New golf and tennis academy opens on the Gold Coast
The Gold Coast’s newest major sporting facility has opened at Carrara, opposite Metricon Stadium.
However, the new KDV Sport Centre is not a Commonwealth Games venue but a privately golf and tennis academy that includes a two-storey golf driving range bays, a 12-hole golf course, an 18-hole mini golf course, 20 tennis courts, a practice wall, two childrens’ courts, three Padel tennis courts and a roof-top swimming pool.
The Russian-backed KDV Sport Centre, funded by Siberian-based snacks and confectionary brand the KDV Group, has been built on the site of the former Carrara Gardens Golf Course, with the location now enhanced with the state-of-the-art facilities.
The development also includes an 80-seat restaurant and two function rooms (which open on to the driving range) barbecue facilities, a children’s playground, a gym, sauna, spa and ice baths.
The new sports centre caters for beginners and school groups right through to sports professionals.
KDV Sport Director Julia Shtengelova said the project was inspired by the world-class sports academies found overseas.
She explained “we are making a long-term commitment to the Gold Coast and KDV Sport is investing into the Gold Coast community ... using state-of-the-art technology to help improve the performance of athletes and to put the Gold Coast on the map as an international sports training hub.
“We are hopeful our world class facility and our world class professional team will create a one-stop destination to sportsmen and women.”
In addition to elite athletes, the KDV Sport Centre also aims to cater for Gold Coast families and social sports with events, childrens’ parties, a customised club fitting service and a pro shop.
Unique to south east Queensland, the tennis facilities include 20 clay tennis courts, using the finest quality clay from Italy.
In addition there are also eight full size and one half size concrete tennis courts that required surfacing using MAPEI’s Mapecoat TNS Cushion System.
KDV are currently seeking approvals for a second stage, due for completion late next year, which will include football pitches and a 72-room motel and education facilities, catering for school groups through to professional sportspeople.
For more information go to www.kdvsport.com
For more information on MAPEI’s Mapecoat TNS Cushion System click here to contact Mapei via their listing in the Australasian Leisure Management Supplier Directory.
Images courtesy of KDV Sport, from top: The KDV Sport Centre's tennis courts in action, the exterior of the facility, the gym and the tennis courts by night.
Article amended 28th February 2017.
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