The proposed fate of Oakville’s Glen Abbey Golf Club, the frequent and long-time host of the RBC Canadian Open, is a little more clear after a media release was issued on November 11.
Most locals feared the golf course, which had been proposed for re-development, would automatically be converted completely into housing lots.
That does not appear to be the plan. While housing will be part of its future, a permanent publicly accessible green space will be included in the focus.
On Thursday that news came via ClubLink Corporation ULC and ClubLink Holdings Limited, (current course owners) as they revealed a long-term plan to transition Glen Abbey into a mixed-use development with more than half of the site (54% or 124 acres) becoming green space for public use on a permanent basis.
“We want to have an open and transparent conversation about this with the people of Oakville,” said ClubLink President and CEO Rai Sahi in the release. “We strongly believe the significant public green space we will permanently dedicate to Oakville residents is a plan worth talking about.”
Part of the plan would include closing the gap in the Sixteen Mile Creek Trail system; the golf course currently disrupts the 8.5 kilometre trail.
The “mixed-use” portion of the plan will include office and retail space and some housing that they claim will be compatible with the current community.
To share more information on the plan a website, www.glenabbeyplan.com has been created and other Open House sessions will be conducted.
As for the pace of the re-development ClubLink states, “The development approval process at Glen Abbey will take time and so it’s business as usual for the next several years and of course, ClubLink looks forward to hosting the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey once again in 2017.”