A Parks Victoria plan to downsize Albert Park Golf Course as part of broader redevelopment of the area has been dropped following backlash from the public, golfing groups and opposition government.

The draft proposal, released in November 2017, would have seen the course’s 18 holes halved to nine, making way for a minigolf course, lakeside promenade and pedestrian bridge.

As reported by the Age, the Andrews Government has now backed away from the plan after complaints from Golf Victoria, Golf Australia and the Lakeside Golf Club, who argued golfers do not want to play shorter rounds.

More than 2000 people also responded in a community consultation process over the proposed revamp, according to the Herald Sun.

The move also comes after a statement from the Victorian Liberal Party, who promised to protect the course if elected to government in November’s state elections.

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