Dan Matthews

Bear Mountain to keep all 36-holes after members urged

Bear Mountain golf resort will keep 36-holes open to the public and add an outdoor pool and hot tub to the resort.

Bear Mountain golf resort will keep 36-holes open to the public and add an outdoor pool and hot tub to the resort.

“We came to the obvious conclusion to keep all 36-holes,” said Dan Matthews, president and CEO of Ecoasis. “It was loud and clear and it came from the community and the membership.”

Ecoasis purchased the resort in October 2013. A plan under previous ownership included cutting the course and faced opposition from residents.

The mountain and valley greens at the Langford resort boast the only 36-holes in Canada designed by Jack Nicklaus.

Some alterations will be made, once Ecoasis and Bear Mountain members have their input, the final say will be by Nicklaus and his staff.

Plans include removing Hole 10 and bringing Hole 19 back into play. The 19th hole is currently a feature hole. The changes to the course will enable some of the land to be used for real-estate opportunities.

“We believe these will be considered improvements to the course,” Matthews said, adding the development will commence Feb. 3.

The 18-hole valley course will be offered as two returning nines.

“The returning nines will give people an opportunity to play who don’t have four hours,” Matthews said.

A trail system is also planned with the first to be built a 4.5-kilometre Valley Trail followed by a village loop and a mountain loop. The trial system will be more than 12 kilometres.

“The object is to create a year-round complete recreational community,” Matthews said.

At this point, the golf club has just under 300 members and Matthews said the goal is to increase the membership to 500. At that point, one of the courses could become a private course. Matthews explained if that were to happen the mountain and valley courses would alternate from private to public.



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