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Golfers shying away from Shag course

Golfers like Michael Bellingham haven’t been to Shaganappi Point Golf Course this season.

Golfers like Michael Bellingham haven’t been to Shaganappi Point Golf Course this season.

Bellingham told Metro he golfed the course quite a bit last year, but has not been at all this year.

The construction of the west LRT line and subsequent widening of Bow Trail is cutting into the popular city course.

“I go past the course on a regular basis so I know that Holes 1, 2, 3 and 4 are now all dug up,” said Bellingham.

The front nine of the 18-hole course is closed due to the construction, with six of nine holes affected.
“I liked the 18-hole golf course, but now that it is two nine-holes golf courses, I’m not interested in going back there,” said Bellingham.

Although it is still possible to play 18 holes, individual players will have to play their back nine on the same course as they played the front.

April Tanner, marketing advisor for the city golf course, said that both nine-hole courses are still bringing in lots of golfers this season.

There is, however, an increase in the traffic at the McCall Lake Golf Course, said Tanner, and she said that players who like to play 18 holes have gone there instead.

Tee box adjustments to Holes 4 and 7 are being made at Shaganappi, along with enhancements to the pond on Hole 1 and reconfiguring of Hole 3 to a challenging par three.

 
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