Mayor Maja Tait tees off during the reopening of the DeMamiel Creek Golf Course on July 5. The golf course will remain open through September.

Eager Sooke golfers flock to DeMamiel golf course

The course re-opened on July 5 after it shut down last fall with the course owners eager to sell.

SEAPARC officials say they are “optimistic” with DeMamiel Creek Golf Course, which in its first 15 days has drawn more golfers than anticipated.

The course re-opened on July 5 after it shut down last fall with the course owners eager to sell.

SEAPARC, the recreation complex funded by Sooke and Juan de Fuca and managed through the Capital Regional District, bought the course for $1 million earlier this year after voters overwhelmingly voted in favour of the purchase through referendum.

“We’re seeing a real wide cross-section of Sooke showing up to golf. The response has been optimistic,” said Steve Knoke, manager of SEAPARC.

In the first 13 days of operation, 350 golfers have tried out the course, and many more have been inquiring about it at both SEAPARC and the clubhouse.

“It’s a hidden course, so raising the profile is going to be important,” said Knoke.

“There’s a number people who I’ve spoken to who didn’t even know the course exists. One of our goals is just to get the word out.”

DeMamiel Creek is the only golf course in Sooke. It’s a nine-hole executive Par 3 course for all skills and abilities. The course provides a challenge for beginners and the more experienced golfer.

The response from local seniors has been “beyond belief,” Knoke said. And because of that SEAPARC will begin to offer Seniors’ Day at the course every Wednesday, beginning today (July 20).

Other special events are also planned through the season and could include a Family Day.

“I don’t think before it was a fully child-friendly course and we want to change that perception,” Knoke said.

He added DeMamiel has a typical weekend, afternoon and weekend crowd, but the mornings remain quiet.

DeMamiel Creek Golf Course is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Green fees are $15 for adults, $10 for children and a 10-punch card is also available. SEAPARC also offers golf club and pushcart rentals.

 

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