Government receives responses about provincial golf courses

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Tourism Department still has plenty to review before plan devised

Mill River golf course. Guardian file photo.

The province has moved a step closer to ending its golf losses after getting several responses to its recent request for expressions of interest for the provincial courses, Tourism Minister Robert Henderson said Monday.

Last month, the province paid for advertisements, including in the Globe and Mail, to see what options might be out there to help stop growing losses at the four provincial courses.

Henderson said there were seven responses, but the department still has a lot of things to review before it goes forward with a plan.

"I'm not going to rush the process along just to get a deal here," he said.

Of the seven interested parties, he said all are Canadian and two have Island connections.

Brudenell River, the Links at Crowbush Cove, Dundarave and Mill River golf courses have been money-losers for the province, including last year when they brought in less than $4 million in revenues. They cost about $5 million a year to run.

The province is looking for someone to buy either one or all of the courses, enter into some sort of management agreement or lease them.

Henderson said before the government accepts any deal, interested parties will have to accept several terms, such as maintaining a certain standard for the courses and be willing to have a working relationship with Rodd Hotels and Resorts, which has leases at the courses.

The next step is for the parties that submitted expressions of interest to elaborate on them and prove they are able to follow through on what they proposed, he said.

"It's one thing to say that, but now you have to kind of show a little more proof to that."

Henderson said the expressions of interest were a combination of different offers, such as two that were looking at only one course, while the rest dealt with all four.

He also said the government would like to make an arrangement that would see a deal in place by early in the new year so any parties involved in a potential deal would have a chance to be as successful as possible next season.

"But I'm not gonna sacrifice a deal to get it done next month if it's not the right deal for the province," he said.

 

Organizations: Globe and Mail, Rodd Hotels

Geographic location: Brudenell River, Mill River

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  • Garth Staples
    August 28, 2012 - 12:42

    And the Highway Men came riding, riding------------------------------.

  • More Loss of goverment jobs
    August 28, 2012 - 12:21

    Another bright move by ghiz, when is it going to stop. We need to get rid of this goverment sooner then later.

  • Ross MacDonald
    August 28, 2012 - 11:27

    I would like to see the people invoved in taking over these golf courses fired. because before they were taking over the people wanted nothing to do with them read past articles. this Gov is an embarssment to Canada, PEI and to me.. They are always wasting our money. Is their anyone that can stop this...anyone?

  • NotBuyingIt
    August 28, 2012 - 11:04

    Oh please. You've already picked who it's going to be based on political affiliations. In the next month or two you'll announce who that will be. This way it looks like you've done some sort of due diligence in the process.

    • Neil
      August 28, 2012 - 11:41

      Hmmm, interest from 2 parties. Let me narrow it down to three possibilities. Island Coastal Services Tim Banks Murphy Group Is there really any other groups able to bid on such an undertaking?