BACK 9 UPDATE

THE BACK 9 MORNING SPECIAL WILL NOT BE RE-OPENING FOR PLAY. WE THANK THOSE WHO HAVE COME OUT EARLY AND ENJOYED IT OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS!

AFTER THOUROUGH CONSIDERATION AND ANALYSIS, THE DECISION WAS MADE TO PHASE OUT EARLY MORNING BACK 9 PLAY.

REASONING:

-When COVID-19 restrictions forced golf courses to close back in March 2020 for 8 weeks, we had to eliminate the back 9 play due to staggered staff start times that minimized the number of staff gathered at one time. This practice resulted in less staff to prep the entire course. All Work Safe BC COVID protocols are still in place.

-As we are a full 18-hole facility, back 9 play causes more negative issues for the overall operation and satisfying our main business, 18-hole customers

-Pace of play: 18 hole customers expect a fast round in the early a.m. hours (4 hrs or less). On a regular basis, back 9 play actually caused slow play more than it should.

Extra wear and tear:  Many back 9 players (especially single players) where seen playing more multiple balls all the time. This resulted in extra divots, ball marks, unraked sand traps and more overall wear and tear on the course, increasing maintenance costs and inefficiencies.

Noise by-laws: With new development quickly springing up all around the property, our maintenance crew were finding it very difficult to get the work done quietly ahead of play, but before the noise by-law ends. Dodging in and out of back 9 players to cut greens was a huge frustration for crews to get the course prepared for regular play. There are certain holes on the back 9 far away enough from housing to perform course preparations. With back 9 players all over the back 9, this severely affected the ability of our grounds crew to do their job effectively and efficiently.

Safety:  As with the noise by-law above, the crew prepare the course (cut-greens, change holes, etc.) just ahead of the first 18 hole tee time. Without back 9 play, staff can safely preform their duties and not be rushed, resulting in a safer work environment and perform the work with the attention it deserves. Players on the back 9 caused numerous near misses from errant shots, with 2 incidents of staff actually being hit by back 9 player’s balls. Our staff and customer safety is priority number one.

Revenue:  The amount of revenue received from back 9 play was very minimal in our overall revenue budget and actuals. When back 9 was offered, we had to schedule an extra person on the crew because it took longer to prep the course with players on the back 9. Without back 9 play, we reduced the staff schedule and saved more money than we received in revenue from back 9 play.

Options: There are options on the North Shore for 9 holes of golf, such as Gleneagles GC and Murdo Frazer Par 3.