Riverview Golf Club will tee-off after tough winter

By Conner Toffan
January 25, 2019 - 5:06pm Updated: January 25, 2019 - 7:25pm

 

Redcliff, AB-- The Riverview Golf Club is ready to tee-off before the golfing season.

“We are going to operate. We are going to be open this year,” said Vice-President of the Riverview Golf Board, Bill Duncan, “it will be up and running as soon as mother nature cooperates.”

After last year, the golf course was in an “enormous debt,” sparking a discussion about the club potentially shutting-down.

However, the club put together a new board that has planned many changes for the upcoming golf season.

The club (including the restaurant and bar) will no longer remain open all-year, which is part of a goal to reduce operation costs.

“It will be truly what it was always supposed to be, or meant to be, which is a seasonal operation,” said Duncan.

There’s also been price cuts for rounds of golf. Part of the plan to overcome $405,000 if short-term debt, that was revealed in early October, is to simply “get more golfers,” according to Duncan.

Duncan also mentioned that from now on, people under 16 years old will get to golf for free if they have a parent who’s a member.

An early-bird membership drive was done by the club, where Duncan says purchases doubled from the year before.

“People really supported the course by coming out early and taking out memberships to show the town that we are in fact functional and that we have member that want to be here this year,” said Duncan.

“I believe the members never wanted it shut down.”

The future of the club will also be discussed at Redcliff town council on Monday night.

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