October 20, 2020 – The Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development has launched an environmental impact assessment procedure for the Matalda golf course on Cres Island.
HRTurizam reports that it is a long-awaited project for constructing a golf course, with a total value of over 100 million euro, and whose investor is Jadranka d.d. from Mali Lošinj.
As it is pointed out in the public invitation, the construction of a combined golf course in five phases is planned and facilities for catering and tourist facilities and other facilities on about 324 hectares.
Thus, two golf courses with a total of 36 holes are planned, as well as two hotels, a winery, and 20 villas in two zones. The hotel will have a total of 122 accommodation units with 260 beds, while another hotel is planned with 57 accommodation units with 126 beds. Both hotels would have indoor and outdoor pools. Villas in zone A will have a total of 92 beds, and villas in zone B, 80.
In addition to the accompanying buildings and facilities, it is planned to build a winery with a tasting room for guests on three floors, which will offer local wines. In addition to the construction of roads and piers for maritime transport, the complex would also have a heliport. What is important to emphasize is that the irrigation of the golf course plans to use water from the lake, which would be carried out on an area of 3ha with a capacity of 165 000m2.
The public invitation points out that it will organize a public debate on the study on the Matalda golf course’s environmental impact on the island of Cres, which must not be shorter than 30 days. Notice of the place and time of the public hearing will be published on the Ministry’s website.
The entire preparation of the project started back in 2014. In December 2018, the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Assembly accepted targeted changes to the spatial plan. The same project was included among the “Buildings and interventions of the county and state interest.”
According to previous announcements, Jadranka d.d. intends to invest around 100 million euro in this golf course project. The design of the course is signed by Ernie Els, a world name that attracts big and famous players to golf destinations.