After learning this week that golf participation in Australia has dropped by 17 per cent in the last year, micenet wonders whether the owners of a new $3 million golf and country club in Port Stephens (north of Sydney) and presently under construction are thankful they have included in the design a 200-seat meeting and function centre.

Scheduled for completion this Christmas/New Year, the project sees the extension and renovation of the existing Pacific Dunes Summer House. The new venue is 5kms from the 95-room Mercure Newcastle Airport which opens on August 1, 2015.