NEIL Porter reckons Fairfield City Golf Course is the best kept secret in the district.
Porter holds the lease for the Fairfield Council-owned course at Smithfield Road, Prairiewood.
He says the tree lines mean the course is not a well known as it could be.
"When people are driving past, they don't notice the course because of the trees," Porter said.
There is one small dam on the course staff draw the water supply from, and there are no bunkers.
The 5000 metres Prairiewood course has been open since the early 1970s .
Porter leased the course from the council eight years ago and he said it has great potential.
"We would put through between 400 and 500 golfers a week," Porter said.
"We are also one of the few courses with our own driving range."
Porter said the course caters for golfers of a variety of skill levels and abilities.
School students, seniors groups and players of all ages get out and have a game.
Porter's sidekick is Courtney Banister, who runs the pro shop and looks after equipment sales. Porter comes from a course-design background and he is a qualified greenkeeper.
"I have worked in the golf construction business for many years," Porter, 58 said.
"I worked on designing courses in the Southern Highlands, Oxfordshire in England and Gulf Harbour [near Auckland]."
Porter says spreading the word about the course among players is the best promotional tool.
He said the course wants to raise its profile so golfers who live in the Fairfield community or in nearby areas will come along and have a game.
Porter said pensioners can play a round of golf for $12 during the week. Adults' weekday fees rates are $22; $27 for weekends.
"If you are a senior who likes golf, you couldn't get much cheaper entertainment than for $12 — you spend that pretty quick at Stockland Mall," Porter said.