Local developer eyes Bay Roberts for golf course
If everything goes well, Bay Roberts could be getting a ninehole golf course in the near future.
During the town’s regular council meeting last Tuesday, officials dealt with an application to purchase Crown Land near the Riverview Motorcross Park in Butlerville that wold bring the game of kings to Conception Bay North. Pitcher’s Pond Golf Course currently operates in Whiteway.
Chris O’Neil, who also owns the motorcross park, is applying for some 120 acres of Crown Land next to the trailer park he is developing. He wants to offer something unique to the area and different from track.
“(Golf) wouldn’t certainly add to it,” he said. “I’ve played a bit of golf years ago and I thought it might be nice to start with a nine-hole and possibly move to 18 holes if the area allowed it.
“It’s a different aspect of enjoying what’s there.”
The town’s mayor is receptive to the idea of having a golf course in the community.
“It sounded very interesting for starters,” said Philip Wood. “Golf is a sport that is growing in popularity ... I thought it was quite promising for a lot of golfers.”
O’Neil already owns 100 acres of land in the area surrounding the park. Over 40 of it is the motorcross park, while the remaining land is being turned into a trailer park.
Comments over social media questioned how noise levels produced by the dirt bikes that frequent the park would affect playing golf, but O’Neil doesn’t see that being a problem.
“It would be away from the track,” he said. “You wouldn’t hear the bikes. Noise wouldn’t be a factor.
“It’s trying to put something together that’s not done, is different and makes a whole lot of sense.”
Wood sees any potential golf course as a positive for the town economically.
“It has the potential to attract new people to Bay Roberts,” he said. “The park seems to be doing quite well in attracting people and in talking to business people in the Butlerville area in particular, the convenience stores are doing quite well with all the travel back and forth.
“I see golfing as doing the same thing.”
The application was moved to the town’s planning committee, however it is for the town’s recommendation and not its approval. The provincial government would handle any such approval.
“Usually with any of these approvals, they’re looking for … the municipal recommendation and they can’t advance their application without it,” said Chief Administrative Officer Nigel Black. “For any future development should they get the land, they would have to come through council and go through the development process.
The owner of the Riverview Motorcross Park is exploring putting a golf course in the area beside the park.