WATCH: While a growing number of golf courses are shutting down, the District of Sooke and surrounding electoral area, are getting set to re-open the DeMamiel Creek Golf Course. April Lawrence reports.
The DeMamiel Creek Golf Course is getting back into the swing of things.
After being closed last fall, the 9-hole Par 3 course is about to reopen with a new owner.
SEAPARC, the recreation commission for Sooke and the surrounding area, bought the nine hectare property after voters approved it in a referendum in spring.
“We felt that when the Canadian dollar went down to 70 cents that a good friend from the United States could come up here and buy this thing for $600,000 U.S., it would be gone forever,” said SEAPARC Chairman Mike Hicks.
So the taxpayers now own a family-friendly golf course.
“It’s not Pebble Beach, it’s a great little course where you can come out and have fun with your family and friends, get out in the fresh air and get some exercise,” said SEAPARC Manager Steve Knoke.
While this is SEAPARC’s first step into the golf businesses, other municipally run Par 3’s, like Henderson Park Golf Course in Oak Bay, prove the model can be successful.
The plan at DeMamiel Creek is to keep it a no frills course, and keep operation costs down, so it can at least break even each year.
“We don’t have a pro shop here, we don’t have a concession, we’re trying to keep this a low cost endeavor,” said Knoke.
While the short-term plan is to get families out hitting the links once again in Sooke, the longer term plan is to convert the course into playing fields.
“Population is growing and the fields aren’t so we just felt it was really important to secure this land,” said Hicks.
The grand opening takes place Tuesday, July 5 with a free BBQ at 12 p.m.
If you want to book a tee time you can call SEAPARC Reception at 250.642.8000