City hopes private sector can run east end golf course

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The National Capital Commission is set to tee up its search for a new operator at Pine View Golf Course.

(File photo)

By David Sali

All it’s waiting for now is the go-ahead from Ottawa city councillors.

The city-run golf course on Blair Road posted an operating loss of $135,319 last year and now has a cumulative deficit of nearly $500,000. The city has asked the NCC, which owns the land, to issue a request for proposals in the hope a private-sector operator will take over the facility.

“We’re really testing the market to see if there’s interest out there,” NCC spokesman Cedric Pelletier told the OBJ on Tuesday. “We’ll see how the process unfolds.”

The city’s 50-year lease with the NCC runs until April 30, 2024, at a cost of $1 a year. Council needs to approve city management’s bid to shift the course’s operation to the private sector.

The city’s community and protective services committee will vote on Friday regarding whether to send the matter to a full meeting of city council for final approval.

If council agrees, the NCC will launch a competition to find a new operator this fall. The city will continue to manage the course under the current lease if it can’t find one.

Organizations: NCC

Geographic location: Ottawa, Blair Road

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  • Barry McKay
    August 21, 2013 - 12:26

    About time too! The City could not organize a booze up in a brewery never mind a golf course. Quite a few years ago during an early Spring there was a very sunny and warm weekend and it was announced that Pine View was open. No other courses in the area were ready so a friend and myself headed out. We teed off but when we started to walk down the fairway we found that our shoes were sinking into mud! What had happened was that although the grass looked great the surface underneath was still frozen and the sun was melting it and any pressure on the surface turned it into mud. It was a joke, as even if you hit the fairway, the ball disappeared into the mud and it was impossible to find. After a couple of holes we quit and went home to clean up! I subsequently wrote to the City complaining that the course should never have been opened and that the damage that had been done to both fairways and greens would take weeks to repair itself. I received two free green fee coupons as a reply, with no explanation as to why the course had been opened far too prematurely. Since then I have only played in a couple of tournaments there and the best I could say was that the course condition was average at best, and I have regularly heard of problems with memberships, accounting procedures and the like. Why the city has not divested itself years ago is a mystery.