The unveiling of the $7 million renovation at The Glencoe Golf & Country Club in Calgary, Alberta, is on hold.
The cleanup continues at The Glencoe, which is not alone. Multiple golf courses in the region experienced severe flooding, which was so bad that Canadian officials estimate it may take up to 10 years to completely restore the area from the damage that has been done. Heavy rainfall began in the area a week ago and lasted through part of the weekend.
"Some clubs have had flooding before, but not to this extent," GCSAA Class A superintendent James Beebe tells GCM. He is in charge of Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club in Alberta, and in 2006 was the International winner in the GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards. "We have had nothing on this scale, not even close."
Other courses hit hard in the area include Inglewood Golf and Curling Club, Cottonwood Golf and Country Club, Redwood Meadows, Valley Ridge and McKenzie Meadows (pictured above, courtesy of John Deere sales representative Nelson Dechant, who like many other in the industry is pitching in to help golf courses; he has been hauling in pumps to assist cleanup efforts). They have been busy pushing piles of silt, removing debris, and that will not end anytime soon.
Then there is the case of Highwood Golf & Country Club in High River, a town of 13,000. Many of those people were evacuated and still have not been allowed to return to their homes. As for the golf course, well, there is a possibility those employees may not be able to return to the course until Saturday.
At The Glencoe, all 45 holes were flooded. They are optimistic, though. The plan is to reopen the driving range next week. As for showcasing the renovation, however, that remains up in the air. It had been scheduled for Saturday. That won't happen.