The sale of 5.8ha of Crown land to Burswood has sealed the fate of the Burswood Park Golf Course, which is set to close in the first quarter of next year.

Already facing the loss of its back nine holes to the 60,000-seat sports stadium project, the Government's land deal will slice two greens and two tees from the front nine.

Premier Colin Barnett said the Government would soon begin commercial negotiations with the golf course's operators, Paul Spackman and Tony Eldridge, of GolfWest, whose lease was to expire in 2014 subject to a five-year option to extend.

With earthworks for the stadium and the construction of the Crown Towers hotel set to start in the first half of next year, the future and upkeep of the remaining portion of the golf course is unclear.

Also facing extinction is the Burswood Dome given the opening in three months of the Perth Arena on Wellington Street.

The 2.2ha dome site is owned by Burswood, with the surrounding carpark owned by the Government, leading to speculation it could figure in future development plans.

Burswood chief Barry Felstead said the dome would most likely be demolished to make way for carparking.

"We would imagine the dome has a limited future," he said.

The West Australian

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