McArthur Island Golf Course reverts to City use

By James Peters
October 17, 2017 - 2:13pm

KAMLOOPS — The future of the McArthur Island Golf Course is up in the air after an announcement today that the course's operator has declined to renew the lease on the property.

Developer Bill Bilton had leased and operated the course since 1992.

According to the city, business slowed due to declining demand, and flooding last spring exacerbated the issue.

Bilton also cited an increase in tournament activity on the island as a factor in his decision.

"I have fully enjoyed my 25 years of developing and operating the McArthur Island Golf Course, however with the recent floods and the growing success of tournaments on the island I made the tough decision not to renew my lease. I fully support the City's vision to bring new recreational opportunities to the Island," said Bilton in a release.

Parks and Civic Facilities Manager Jeff Putnam says the city is excited about the possibilities presented by the 6.04-hectare property.

"We had an opportunity to tour the property yesterday. It's an absolutely gorgeous property. A lot of mature trees, lots of opportunities for passive and recreation use," said Putnam.

"What we'd like to do this winter is to have public open houses, get input from the public, and bring it back to council for consideration."

Putnam says the course will be closed until the City comes up with a plan.

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