Burlington backs off on plans to redesign public golf course

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Published March 1, 2024 at 2:45 pm

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A popular public golf course in Burlington will remain at 18 holes but could see a few alterations.

Following a six-month study that looked at the possible redesign of Tyandaga Golf Course, it has been decided not to proceed with the changes following public objections to turning the site into a nine-hole course.

Operated by the City of Burlington, a potential redesign was initially called for due to safety reasons and changing play habits of golfers.

The safety concerns generally focussed on the 18th hole and followed complaints that balls were sailing off the course and smashing into nearby homes. A consultant’s report stated that other holes in the course also presented the same risks. In all cases, the safety risks were considered minimal.

Also, the City’s recreation department indicated that the popularity of shorter, nine-hole courses was on the rise and by making the playing area smaller the land could accommodate other recreational uses by residents.

Those ideas didn’t resonate with the public and as such the course will stay as it is and go under review again in five years time.

Some of the safety measures the City is considering undertaking is planting more trees, installing nets, slightly redesigning some fairways to redirect the way balls travel, and putting in cart paths to better direct the way golfers travel through the course.

 

 

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