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.”
Another Successful Season at Wheat City Golf Course To End Oct. 16
A very successful 2016 season is winding down at Brandon’s Wheat City Golf Course, with the last day of course play scheduled for Sunday, October 16th, weather-permitting. Special fall pricing remains in place until closing day – 18 holes and a half-cart rental for $31.50!
Following the course’s last day of operation, staff will begin preparing the course for winter. As such, the public is reminded that use of the course (hitting of balls anywhere on the course surface) after Oct. 16th is strictly prohibited to ensure the safety of course staff and the public.
Management and staff are extremely pleased with the 2016 season, with nearly 20,000 rounds of golf played from mid-April through to the end of September! The City of Brandon would like to extend its sincere appreciation to all golfers who took the opportunity to play the full course this season and support its efforts to maintain Brandon’s only 18-hole golf course.
Request For Proposals
Sale and Development of PT. 3500 McDonald Avenue
The City of Brandon is interested in obtaining Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms/developers with respect to the purchase and redevelopment of a portion of land adjacent to the municipally owned and operated 18-hole golf course located at 3500 McDonald Avenue, Brandon Manitoba.
For more information please visit the following link https://purchasing.brandon.ca/
Wheat City Golf Course Swings into Action April 13th
April 1, 2016
Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon, along with Wheat City Golf Course management and staff, are very pleased to announce the start of the 2016 season at the Wheat City Golf Course is scheduled to swing into action on Wednesday, April 13th. The course has wintered very well and maintenance staff have been working extremely hard to ensure a long-awaited 18-hole course season can be enjoyed by golfers of all skill levels. To welcome back golfers in style, special spring pricing of just $32 for an 18-hole green fee and a ½ cart rental will be offered until May 30th!
In advance of the season’s launch, the course’s Pro Shop will open on Monday, April 11th, at which time the facility’s tennis courts will also be available for play. Information on the course, including season pass and casual rate pricing, 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 http://www.wheatcitygolfcourse.ca/. Secure cart storage is also available on site. Once again this year, beverage/snack cart services provided in partnership with the Keystone Centre will be available. The Wheat City Golf Course & Pro Shop is located at 3500 McDonald Avenue.
Visitors to the Wheat City Golf Course will notice the recent removal of some trees in the area, which has been done in preparation for future dike stabilization and elevation to protect this valuable community asset, as well as to facilitate the removal of diseased Dutch Elm trees. The City of Brandon is committed to restoration efforts required to replace trees that were removed, as per its normal practice of tree replacement.
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 Brandon’s only 18-hole golf course.