Cal­gary’s pub­lic golf cour­ses lost $2 mil­lion over three years

StarMetro Calgary - - CALGARY - Trevor How­ell

City-owned golf cour­ses are bleed­ing red, los­ing a com­bined $2 mil­lion over the past three years, ac­cord­ing to newly re­leased doc­u­ments.

The records, ob­tained by the Cana­dian Tax­pay­ers Fed­er­a­tion through a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest, show five of Cal­gary’s six pub­licly op­er­ated cour­ses failed to make a profit be­tween 2015 and 2017.

“It’s time for the city to get out of the golf busi­ness al­to­gether,” Colin Craig, the fed­er­a­tion’s Al­berta di­rec­tor, said in a state­ment.

“What would hap­pen if these cour­ses were con­verted into res­i­den­tial spa­ces with green space or per­haps mixe­duse com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments?”

The city op­er­ates the Sha­ganappi Point, Con­fed­er­a­tion Park, McCall Lake, Maple Ridge, Rich­mond Green, and Lake­view golf cour­ses.

Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ments, Sha­ganappi Point earned be­tween $261,336 and $470,821 in profit an­nu­ally over the three-year stretch. Con­fed­er­a­tion earned $6,475 in 2015, but lost $200,000 the fol­low­ing two years. Coun­cil­lor says the city should do all it can to sus­tain the golf cour­ses at thes­

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