July 18, 2014 2:14 pm

Cost to repair flood-battered Kananaskis golf course hits $18 million

CALGARY- A plan is in place to restore the Kananaskis Country Golf Course to its former glory, after it was destroyed by the June 2013 flood.

The province is budgeting $18 million to rebuild the course and protect it from future flooding, and is also giving $200,000 to support the Kananaskis Mountain Festival in hopes of drawing visitors to the scenic area.

“Kananaskis Country is part of our Alberta lifestyle, legacy and identity, and it is a vital part of our tourism industry,” said Dr. Richard Starke, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation. “Restoring parks infrastructure benefits the people in our communities, and helps support the local economy.”

The golf course provides the equivalent of 175 full-time jobs, and has a provincewide economic impact of $14 million. When it was open, about 60-thousand rounds of golf were played on the course every year.

BELOW: On July 18, 2013 Global’s Kevin Smith took a tour of the flood ravaged golf course.

 

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