I’ve never been a big fan of Jed Azinger’s quirky design, but it is also always a shame to lose a public golf course. After buying a fair number of mid-tier public golf courses, GolfNorth, financed by BlackBerry billionaire Jim Balsillie, is apparently entering the development business, according to the Paris Star, the local newspaper. The paper says Paris Grand, designed by Azinger and acquired out of bankruptcy by GolfNorth, could become houses in the future:
Paris golf club will continue for the near future but eventually the land now traversed by golf carts may end up populated by houses.
A representative of GolfNorth Properties told the countys planning committee early this month that the company plans to develop the lands for residential use in the longer term.
The property is already designated residential. In the countys updated Official Plan the propertys designation will be further refined under the new category Urban Residential. The updated designation will carry forward the residential permissions for the property while recognizing its existing use as a golf course.
Many in the golf course business wondered what Balsillie was doing with GolfNorth. Maybe now we know his intent…
That said, I’m not sure what “longer term” means. Five years? Ten?
Of course it is also an example of another mid-tier Ontario public course potentially disappearing. Courses in the GTA, like Hunters Glen, have already closed in preparation for development.
The Paris Star story can be found here.