By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: Jan. 19, 2013
Developer Doug Day is reviving plans for a nine-hole golf course on the southern side of Garibaldi Springs Golf Course.
People can access the small golf course by next March, Day said.
At $15 a game, Day believes it would be a much affordable option compared to other golfing spots in Squamish.
“It meets the budget for people in the Sea to Sky region,” Day said.
Day’s small golf course plan will win him support from those who have always felt the golf course should be revived.
In 2011, the council rejected Day’s gift of an 80 acre park, a slight that Day has taken to heart.
Last year, the previous council rejected Townline Ventures proposal to rezone portions of the former course to create 180 small lots and an 80.6-acre park gift.
Road access to Garibaldi Highlands was also on the table, but the council felt the project needed more public input.
At a meeting last February, residents gathered at a meeting held by Day.
At that time, Day had said he might think of reviving a small golf course, but an 18-hole golf course just wasn’t possible.
In an interview with the Reporter, Day said developing the golf course for a residential development is far from his mind, at least for now.
“Eventually we might develop it, but right now we are going to have some fun,” he said, smiling.
In July, Day also signed a deal with Executive Inn Suites and the Living Room restaurant, giving them access to his clubhouse and a portion of his golf course property.
Day is still unhappy with Squamish for not accepting his gift of the land.
It’s off the table now, he said.
“May be in 20-25 years they can talk to my grandchildren,” he said.
“We came with a gift, we wanted a few houses, and they slapped us around, and wasted two years of our time.”
Day said the golf course was a wonderful property and eventually, there might even be residential development with ‘high rises’ over it.
Meanwhile, a plan to carve 43 small lots at the east end of Newport Ridge Drive might come before the council in next spring.