McCracken Country Club has been sold for $8.5 million to Discovery Holiday Parks

RESORT: Stuart Riddell.

RESORT: Stuart Riddell.

Discovery Holiday Parks has purchased McCracken Country Club for $8.5 million, with settlement on Wednesday, November 4.

Discovery Holiday Parks CEO Grant Wilckens said there would be changes to the 65 rooms, two restaurants, and international championship standard 18-hole course and bottle shop. It also boasts a conference and wedding venue, with panoramic valley views.

"The company plans to upgrade McCracken Country Club, enhancing the accommodation offering and golf course while making the property more family-friendly," Mr Wilckens said.

"We see huge potential to take McCracken to the next level. These plans are still under wraps, but we hope it will become a hero property for the Fleurieu."

The company plans to double the amount of rooms on the property, establish a water park, jumping pillows and reduce the golf course, from a par 72, to a par 68.

"It will remain 18 holes. The property is tired and needs investment. There is a lot of spare land around the hub of McCracken and we will offer a more family friendly environment," Mr Wilckens said.

"There will be powered sites and we will introduce caravan park facilities and integrate families and golf. There will be more activity and traffic around the central hub of the resort."

Mr Wilckens is confident that with more facilities and accommodation, employment at McCracken will double.

"It will be different, but we will add something that will be attractive for South Australia and a world class facility that is unique. It will be high quality," he said.

"We are bringing McCracken to the new world and it is what people want in a family friendly golfing environment."

Mr Wilckens envisages that it will take 18 months to two years for all the changes to be complete.

Goolwa Camping and Tourist Park has also been acquired and was re-named Discovery Parks - Goolwa.

This story McCracken sold first appeared on The Times.