The DeMamiel Creek Golf Course saw more than 1

Golfers bring game to DeMamiel Creek

1,800 golfers try new public course at DeMamiel Creek Golf Course in Sooke

The DeMamiel Creek Golf Course saw more than 1,800 golfers take in a shortened three-month season.

It was the first year SEAPARC ran the public course.

“We had a lot of people coming. Obviously, the capacity is there to see more people attend,” said Steve Knoke, SEAPARC manager.

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.

The golf course didn’t open until July 5 and closed for the season on Oct. 2.

SEAPARC officials only planned for a three-month season this year, but will likely extend the season next year from May to October.

“We had some challenges out the gate, but the customers seemed very flexible. They were open to the change,” Knoke said, noting that to play golf you couldn’t pay at the course but at nearby SEAPARC Leisure Centre.

Tee times needed be pre-booked as well.

“We tried to make it efficient using our existing capacity at SEAPARC. The goal was to provide a low-cost option for people to golf,” Knoke said.

This year there were several special events including Senior Day, Family Day and other promotions.

Knoke would like to see the special events expanded next year to include tournaments, social events and schools.

“This was a trial test this year and it went well,” Knoke said.

“The staff, contractors and all the people who made this season a success, they all worked really hard. Everyone put their best effort into it. It couldn’t have happened without everyone having an open mind and a positive attitude.”

 

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