Last year’s flood was so devastating for the Hartney Golf Course that it may not open until late this summer.
Flood waters took over the entire course last spring, covering eight of the course’s nine holes and five of its greens for three months. It also destroyed 50 trees on the course.
Things went from bad to worse when the flood waters engulfed the club house, the cart sheds and the irrigation system’s pump house, destroying them all. Since the irrigation system was useless, it couldn’t be used to water the four greens that weren’t affected by the flood waters and they were ruined in the summer.
Portions of the fairways that were affected by the flood have been stripped and worked up, but the club needs to get its pump running before it can start reseeding any of the holes. The club is also playing a game of hurry up and wait with the government’s Emergency Measures Organization.
“In the spring, the company has been going over the area to get them flattened out and ready for seeding,” said Jim Lee, a member of the club’s executive. “We’re waiting to hear from EMO as this is technically covered under the EMO blanket …
“We’re the same as everyone else in the province. We’re waiting for flood money. You’re hoping that things will happen a lot quicker, but with any dealing with government, it always takes much longer than what you think it would.”
Lee said the club heard from the EMO that it is going to receive money to cover some of the costs of rebuilding a new club house and cart shed, both of which will be moved to higher ground to avoid potential flooding issues in the future.
It’s the cost of repairing the course itself that has Lee concerned. He’s estimating well over $100,000 of damage has occurred and the course has to deal with Highway 21 moving as well.
The main bridge on Highway 21 near Hartney was destroyed by the flood and the highway is moving a little bit west of its previous location, which will cost the course the first hole’s fairway. As a result, a slight redesign of the course is needed, with the plan to move the first hole further west.
Without any business and the cost to completely rebuild the course, the Hartney Golf Course is attempting to raise some money to help with the repairs. It raised $1,400 in a meat draw held last week by the local legion. It’s also hosting a dinner on June 16 at the Hartney Centennial Centre that includes a rib supper and entertainment by hypnotist Michael Leach. Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased by calling the town’s recreation office at 204-858-2536.
Things aren’t looking great for the Hartney Golf Club right now, but its executive members remain hopeful.
“We’re optimistic and have a group of fundraisers who are working on it,” Lee said. “Hopefully in September we’ll be golfing.”
CHIP SHOTS: The Souris Glenwood Golf Course is hosting A Day of Golf with Andy Murray on June 9. The tournament is limited to 72 golfers and includes 18 holes of golf — with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. — and supper. People can register for the event by contacting Kirkup Agencies at 483-2149. The registration fee is $75. Murray will also be honoured for being inducted the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Hall of Fame at a supper on June 8. Some of the funds raised from the event will go towards the Souris Golf Club to help repair the damage from last year’s flood. … The Sunnyside Golf Club is hosting a mother-daughter tournament on June 9. The event costs $50, starts at 1 p.m., and includes a barbecue after the golf. To register, contact the club at 728-2374 or Stacey Wakewich at 726-4646. … The Wheat City Golf Course is now offering expanded hours from 9 a.m. until approximately 9 p.m., although it only has six holes open.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 10, 2012