Possible Fate Of Glen Abbey Golf Cub Becoming Clearer

Glen Abbey Site Plan (Source www.glenabbeyplan.com)

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.”

12 Comments on "Possible Fate Of Glen Abbey Golf Cub Becoming Clearer"

  1. Only Clublink would try to make this story sound good! You should be ashamed of yourselves over there at King City corporate offce but I think the credit should go to Rai Sahi who is a Yank in FLA. A Canadian iconic golf course that you’re going to plow under in the name of making a buck. How many courses have you closed so far CL? Can you say Highland Gate, Aurora.
    Shame….shame….shame….

  2. Mr Sahi makes his money in Real Estate. That is his background. They purchased Glen Abbey for $40 Million. Can you imagine the value of this conversion? Smart business but really sad to see Glen Abbey go and I feel bad for those that bought homes because of the location, the proximity to the course. Selling the flagship? Doesn’t make you feel to good about stepping up to join Clublink does it?

    • I’m a Clublink member and am delighted with the program. The one place I avoid playing is Glenn Abbey. It is overcrowded with tourists and you are not allowed to walk the course. It is not a pleasant golf experience. It is certainly not the flagship property as there are at least 10 tracks in the Clublink inventory that are far superior and much more enjoyable to play. The golf industry in Canada is in trouble. Not enough golf dollars for total expenditure. Glenn Abbey is not the only course being re-developed into real estate. Copper Creek and York Downs have already gone that way. Get ready for more of this.

      • Scott MacLeod | November 16, 2016 at 9:45 am |

        As a good resource you can see the 208 course closures over more than a century that the Canadian Golf Museum and Hall of Fame has tracked. http://ch.golfcanada.ca/ Many were lost due to urban sprawl and development

      • Marc, I am currently a CL member as well, but not for long. I was one of the unfortunate property owners on the Highland Gate course and have since sold my home and moved north.

        I’m very sour on CL right now but, I will admit that my CL membership served me well for at least 10 of my 12 years as a member. From my perspective, it’s not fair to compare Glenn Abbey to any other golf course simply because it was built to be the home of the Canadian Open and not for golfers like us. From that perspective alone, it’s just a real shame that a land developer can buy, close the course and build homes on it as so many other developers have done before CL. There are many other wonderful courses that have fallen to the same fate as you’ve mentioned a few above.

        It’s just too bad that this strategy continues, I guess, as part of the market correction for the golf industry in Ontario and all of Canada.

        Nothing sadder than to watch greens turn to sand and weeds and what were pristine fairways grow knee high in weeds and crabgrass.

        It’s just a real shame.

  3. 36 home owners will loose 500k each when they no longer back onto this landmark golf course. The town of Oakville and district councillors will truly fail if they allow the rezoning and placement of commercial building onto 2 million dollar existing homes.

    I feel horrible for the residence and the town.

  4. Scott I don’t see mentioned anywhere in the article that the land is not even zoned for the “proposed plan” or that there is currently an interim control by-law in place on the property. Would like to see all the facts (as you say) outlined in your story, as opposed to a cut and paste from Clublinks website.

    • Scott MacLeod | November 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm |

      Hi Marc,

      This was not meant to be an in-depth piece; just a mention of what the proposed plans were based on the statement they released. We are definitely monitoring the story and will share more info as it becomes known to us. Unfortunately we are not in a position to be digging into it full time but we’re certainly following with interest and will share whatever information we can when available. Apologies for not mentioning it but the interim control bylaw was heavily covered in many media outlets when it was originally passed back in February. For those that may see this and want info on that, the Oakville News has a summary of that information at this link.

  5. Long time Abbey member here. While it’s a shame to lose the course let’s not be socialists. A publicly traded company that responds to it’s shareholders bought this property for a net Investment of about 30 million dollars after selling off a couple of parcels of land already. Now they’re developing it. Consider 125 acres is being developed, and considering developed land goes for about 3 million dollars an acre in the area I think it would be absurd for Clublink NOT to develop it. We are talking about a profit of aboit 250-300 million dollars for shareholders.

    This isn’t a communist or socialist country. If a capitalist wants to sell the course, give them a break.

    P. S. The whole ‘but it’s the home of the cdn open’ thing is a joke. Most golf fans complained that it was always at Glen Abbey…and Golf Canada has done their best to move the tournament away frim here (until they got their knuckles rapped by RBC, who pays the bills).

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