Lo­cal de­vel­oper eyes Bay Roberts for golf course

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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.

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The owner of the Riverview Mo­tor­cross Park is ex­plor­ing putting a golf course in the area be­side the park.

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