A battle to retain an 18-hole golf course at Chamberlain Park in Auckland is heading to court.

Save Chamberlain Park has today filed judicial review proceedings in the High Court at Auckland to challenge a decision by Auckland Council to cut the golf course in half.

The Eden-Albert Local Board has been looking at how the golf course might be reconfigured into a nine-hole course and other uses.

Save Chamberlain Park chairman Geoff Senescall and lawyer Julian Long said the proceedings claim it is wrong the park is being treated like a small local reserve, saying decisions about it should be made by Auckland Council, not the local board, which had not worked with other boards about its decisions.

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"We need public golf courses in Auckland. We have two 18-hole public golf courses right now. You'd think a decisions to halve the capacity of one of them would be something a local board might speak to others about," the pair said.

A council spokeswoman said it would be inappropriate to comment given that legal proceedings had begun.