Sooke golf course close to breaking even

DeMamiel Creek Golf Course does well in second season

The DeMamiel Creek Golf Course was close to breaking even in its second year under the auspices of SEAPARC, recreation officials say.

This year’s season ran from April 26 to Oct. 15 and generated more than $63,000 in revenue, while last year’s shortened three-month season produced a $15,000 deficit.

And more than 1,500 golfers used the course this year.

“It was a good turnaround year,” said SEAPARC manager Steve Knoke. “The course was well received.”

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SEAPARC bought the privately-owned DeMamiel Creek Golf Course in 2016 for $1 million, with a plan to use the 10 hectares of land to develop future playing fields, but until those fields were needed and to recoup some costs, the recreation commission decided to operate the golf course.

Throughout the season, several promotions were held to increase the golf course use including a seniors day, family night, private functions and clinics.

But while the DeMamiel Creek Golf Course saw its fortunes improve this year, there’s still a lot of work to do.

“We still have a long way to go,” Knoke said, adding course improvements and marketing opportunities are ongoing.

“DeMamiel Creek is a real gem and people are just discovering it.”
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