As a club we are actively promoting the vision of becoming a whanau based community hub. Historically golf clubs have had a perception of being elite and exclusive. We want to change that perception because in reality we are a community sports facility and therefore should be available and easily accessible to the community. As part of this process we have been running quiz nights which are open to the community and we have been engaging with our local communities through their community newsletters. We have also been engaging with our local schools to not only promote golf to juniors but to involve them in the kaitiakitanga of our beautiful environment. Lakeview is also very keen to support community charities and organisations whenever we can and have held a fundraiser event for the Stroke Foundation of NZ and a golf tournament for Rotorua Hospice and Life Education Trust.
We have started a predator trapping programme installing more than 50 traps which are getting great results. It is satisfying to know that with fewer predators our native bird life can flourish and we are contributing to Predator Free 2050. We are super excited to have the support of the BOP Regional Council who have approved funding for the planting of 1500 native plants over the next three years. This is through the Environment Enhancement Fund. Two local schools (Ngongotaha and Mamaku Primary) along with the Rotorua Multi Cultural Society will help with the planting. It is amazing to have the community involved with the kaitiaki of Lakeview a truly accessible green space that everyone can enjoy!
Our goal is to have Lakeview used by the community as a connection hub for a variety of activities not necessarily golf related. We want people to feel welcome and comfortable when visiting Lakeview. Our new community clubhouse hub is expected to open February 2024 and we cannot wait to share this awesome facility with everyone. We are also very excited to welcome the Rotorua Archery Club to Lakeview. They are now based at Lakeview and we look forward to growing this unique sport collaboration for the benefit of both clubs.