Link: Opinion Piece Suggests Winnipeg Explore Repurposing Many Of Its Munis April 13, 2023 By GNNJohn Blumberg Golf Course An opinion piece in the Winnipeg Sun suggests that city look into repurposing several of its golf courses for other recreational uses and housing. Ryan Stelter haș more here for the Winnipeg Sun.
David Richardson says
As a former Director of Golf for the City of Toronto Golf Courses, I find the comments for MANY YEARS about utilizing public golf courses for more useful purposes quite misinformed and frankly — frustrating.
The City of Toronto golf course facilities namely Don Valley G.C., Humber Valley D.C., Tam O Shanter G.C., Scarlett Woods G.C and Dentonia Park G.C. represent important multi use assets to both the City of Toronto and for it’s residents from many standpoints.
The golf courses on average represent a healthy form of exercise & activity for ALL ages namely for both boys & girls via cheaper rates, the availability of a Junior Golf Membership Program and FREE JUNIOR CLINICS presented by the C.P.G.A professionals.
Men, women and the Seniors of Toronto also enjoy the opportunity of far more reasonable green fee rates relative to the costs to play other privately operated PUBLIC golf courses that are much further away as well.
The City of Toronto Municipal Golf Courses also produce, in most years, something uncommon to most City ventures — INCOME, while also providing & promoting healthy FAMILY PARTICIPATION via clinics, “Family Night Golf Specials” and tournaments culminating in a City Of Toronto Championship in the Fall.
Additionally it is important to note that during the off season these courses actually become a form of parks in five different areas of Toronto for walkers & hikers to enjoy from basically December through March.
The City of Toronto Golf Courses do and should to play a multi purpose and continuing role in providing all season enjoyment for it’s residents as it has in the past and should in the future.