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Vancouver Park Board to reopen city’s three public golf courses

January 20 2017

“The golf courses were closed for seven weeks, the longest extended closure in 20 years or more,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Michael Wiebe.

Fraserview Golf Course

Snow and ice created a ‘hazard’ on three public golf courses … so much so that the Vancouver Park Board had to close them on December 5.

Golf course that will reopen on Monday, January 23:

Longest extended closure in at least 20 years

“The golf courses were closed for seven weeks, the longest extended closure in 20 years or more,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Michael Wiebe. “Warmer temperatures have finally made the greens, tees and fairways playable again. I look forward to getting out there soon as I expect other golfers do, too!”

One of the challenges with the recent weather has been the freeze/thaw cycle that occurred. Some melting occurred during the past seven weeks, but the melting snow had nowhere to drain due to the deep ground frost and subsequently re-froze on the surface. The greens remain saturated until the ground frost completely thaws. Even when the snow melted, the greens required a period of time to drain and firm up to support foot traffic.

Maintenance crews prepare courses for golf season

During the closure, staff caught up on maintenance projects on buildings and around the courses. As weather permits, grounds maintenance teams will continue working on getting the golf courses in shape for the return of golf season.

About the golf courses

The three golf courses are normally open every day, including Christmas and only closed during extreme weather conditions.

One-hundred and forty-nine rounds of golf are already booked at the three golf courses this Monday. The courses experience a combined average of 6,500 rounds of golf during the months of December and January.