Wheat City Golf Course Opening Date Set for May 3rd
Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon’s Community Services Department is pleased to confirm that the Wheat City Golf Course, located at 3500 McDonald Avenue, will be available for back 9-hole play beginning Wednesday, May 3rd. Weather-permitting and based on Assiniboine River levels in the immediate area, it is anticipated that full 18-hole play should be available two weeks after that on Wednesday, May 17th.
Golfers of all skill levels are encouraged to come down and check out the new look and feel of the Wheat City Golf Course, thanks to extensive earthwork done to the course in the off-season. In addition to the build-up of the lower portion of the golf course (a total of 12 fairways and 11 greens), elevated tee boxes have been created on the course’s 3rd and 5th holes, and drainage improvements have been made on its 4th and 7th holes. This work has not only improved the course’s playability, but has created an entirely new visual and physical experience for golfers as they make their way around the course.
In advance of the season’s launch, the course’s Pro Shop will open on Monday, May 1st. Information on the course, including season pass and casual rate pricing, club and cart rental information, how to book a tee time, and tennis court rentals, can be found by calling the Pro Shop at 204-729-2177 or by visiting www.wheatcitygolfcourse.ca. Featured pricing on cart rentals this year includes a full cart rental for $800 or a half-cart rental for $400, and golfers are reminded that the facility also provides secure cart storage on site. ‘Snack Shack’ concession and beverage cart services, courtesy of Brandon’s Keystone Centre, will return to the course upon commencement of 18-hole play.
Management and staff at the Wheat City Golf Course sincerely thank all golfers for their continued patronage as they strive to offer a superior golfing experience at the only 18-hole golf course located within Brandon city limits.
Wheat City Golf Course Enhancements Key To Its Long-Term Success
Brandon, MB – While it is certainly more of a winter wonderland than a golfer’s paradise right now at the Wheat City Golf Course and Recreation Centre, the City of Brandon is pleased to provide the public with an update on important infrastructure enhancements made at Brandon’s only 18-hole course in advance of the 2017 golfing season.
Significant earthwork was conducted prior to the onset of winter along the course’s Assiniboine River embankment to ensure the lower portion of the golf course (a total of 12 fairways and 11 greens) is protected against potential future river flooding. Work will re-commence in the spring to complete this construction, after which the course’s main embankment will sit at an elevation capable of protecting the course from a river level equal to that of 2014’s historic summer flooding event. The construction project also included creating new elevations for tee boxes on the course’s 3rd and 5th holes, and drainage improvements on its 4th and 7th holes. This work was conducted over several weeks last fall by City of Brandon Operational Services Division staff in assistance with E.F. Moon Construction.
The Wheat City Golf Course embankment project was approved by Brandon City Council in June of 2016, at which time Council voted to fund the cost of the project from within the proceeds of the subsequent sale of the existing Recreation Centre building and its parking lot to a private developer.
“After a number of years re-building from two major floods, the playability of the Wheat City Golf Course continues to improve, and making these enhancements to our embankment along the Assiniboine River and its oxbow was a vitally important part of protecting this City-owned-and-operated asset,” notes City of Brandon Manager of Parks Operations Bryce Wilson. “With the private development of the existing Recreation Centre building and its parking lot into a residential and commercial property now a reality, saving this recreation asset was essential for the area’s future development and the overall viability of the course for years to come.”
Wilson adds that due to the presence of heavy machinery on the course during last fall’s work, the embankment on Holes 1, 3 and 4 needed to be sloped and winter-seeded prior to the snowfall, while Holes 2 and 7 will have this work completed as soon as spring allows. Other enhancements at the course include the development of a new cart path along the course’s 1st Hole.
“Forging a sustainable direction for the Wheat City Golf Course is one of City Council’s 10 strategic priorities, so we see this as a real win-win-win scenario,” adds Brandon Mayor Rick Chrest. “By selling the small portion of land at the Recreation Centre that we did, the City has been able to provide greater protection to this valuable public recreation space and also generate additional housing stock in the community, both without putting the cost on the local taxpayer.”