Municipal golf courses in Hamilton to be reviewed for their value as green spaces
Review of King's Forest and Chedoke golf courses requested by councillor
March 30, 2023 By Turf & Rec
Hamilton’s city-owned golf courses are under review again to determine their viability as community green spaces.
The review is intended to see if King’s Forest and Chedoke golf courses are serving the public’s interest in the best way. The city’s emergency and community services committee approved a request made earlier this month to review the courses’ finances, including their capital needs, the number of rounds played and their environmental management.
Chedoke has been operating since 1896 while King’s Forest opened for play in 1974. King’s Forest was last profitable in 2010 and Chedoke has been experiencing a decline in use.
Selling the properties for development is a tricky matter because of their location on the Niagara Escarpment where urban redevelopment isn’t permitted.
The city had agreed in 2017 to no longer review a land sale or residential development on the golf course properties.
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