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A golfer walks towards a green at the Clyde River Golf Course. An AIMS research report says government efforts at developing a golf industry have not produced the desired results.
Study concludes province has failed in golf development efforts
Here is a look at the struggles and failures of some golf courses in P.E.I.
• Beaver Valley Golf Club closed in 2012 after a three-year attempt to sell the money-losing course.
• A nine-hole course called The Divine Nine that was opened by the provincial government in 1999 was shut down in 2012.
• Belvedere Golf Club announced in 2014 that it was losing money and would need to sell land for condominium development in order to remain viable.
“Many recreational players might try such courses once or twice, but the allure of spending a lot of money to endure several hours of disappointing results and intense frustration quickly wears off." AIMS report
• The province has been unable to sell any of its four golf courses since putting them on the block more than seven years ago.
• Golf Links P.E.I., which operates the provincial courses, wrote off more than $10 million in bad debt in 2008.
Source: Atlantic Institute for Market Studies