PEI to sell its golf courses?

The government of Premier Binns in Prince Edward Island has [photopress:crowbush_1.jpg,full,alignright]announced it is considering selling its government run courses, including Crowbush Cove:

The government owns four golf courses: Mill River, Crowbush Cove, Brudenell and Dundarave. Premier Pat Binns said the government has not yet decided what to do with them.

“We’ve certainly seen an increase in rounds played this year,” said Binns.

“Whether it’s the best time to be selling or not, I guess we’re still considering. But we’re putting out a signal that we’re ready to look at that seriously.”

This is interesting on several fronts — 1) IMG Canada signed a big deal with PEI last year to promote its golf, including an event with Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. 2) What does this say about the state of golf in Canada or is this just a case of a government being involved in something it shouldn’t be involved it? 3) What does this say about further golf course development in Atlantic Canada? If golf tourism is bad in PEI, what’s the state of the rest of the Maritimes?

The story is here.

Oh, and by the way, they haven’t offered them to me, but I’d take Dundarave and Crowbush off their hands at a bargain basement price.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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  • It would be interesting to see what the bottom line was for their golf operations – the way the government was running them was suspect. When I played there they seemed to have way too many staff but very little actual service. Friendly people but not functional. It felt family run in a way, hard to get upset cause they were all nice, but…. Loved 17/18 Dundarave and most of Crowbush, 16/18 !
    The government should lease the courses, not sell them.

  • I think golf is in its essence an entrepreneurial venture – both in the playing and in the building. Highlands Links’s dance with government regulation and management is surely another good example of that … Leasing would be a good option — it’d allow steady income for the province with less financial risk, while still allowing the province to have some say in the marketing, which is so important to PEI as a whole.

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