The City is conducting an operational review of our five City-operated golf course locations to better understand how to maximize golf and non-golf experiences.
The timeline is subject to change.
Existing golf course operations contracts will be expiring and have been extended through 2022 (with an optional extension to 2023) to allow time for staff to develop and recommend a comprehensive sourcing strategy for golf operations. The review was also initiated at a time when City-operated locations were experiencing a number of challenging trends in a shifting industry landscape. A review of the existing model is necessary to ensure long-term financial sustainability, improved customer service, and a more positive user experience for people accessing the golf courses. These trends include:
In 2020, however, there was an increase in demand and use of City-operated golf courses due to COVID-19 restrictions as golf was one of the few outdoor recreation and social activities allowed during the 2020 golf season.
COVID-19 restrictions have also highlighted the importance of parkland and the public’s interest in improving the use and programming of outdoor green spaces. The general public has become more engaged in how outdoor spaces are being used, who has access to these spaces, and whether each space is being used to its full public potential. These new questions and concerns are also being applied to the City’s golf courses.
The City operates five golf courses across under a mixed operating model.
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The goals of this project are to:
The initial ideas being explored by the City for each golf course location will be further developed through research and public and stakeholder engagement and include:
The following uses are not currently permitted or possible at each golf course location:
The review of City golf course operations, including opportunities for improvements and potential alternative and/or complementary uses, will be informed in part by a city-wide engagement process with the general public, key stakeholders, Indigenous communities and local communities that surround each location. Feedback from both golfers and non-golfers will be incorporated throughout the process.
The Report from the General Manager, Parks Forestry and Recreation and the Chief Procurement Officer, Purchasing and Materials Management on a Review of City of Toronto Golf Courses will be presented to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee on January 11, 2022 and City Council on February 2, 2022.
Toronto Meeting Management Information System (TMMIS), item number IE27.6 has more information on this agenda item, including the full Report. Opportunities to request to speak at committee or to submit comments are available at the top of the page.
Review the January 11 Infrastructure and Environment Committee agenda. The February 2 City Council Agenda is not yet available.
The Project’s Phase 2 engagement activities included five Local Community Meetings, one online survey, an Indigenous Leaders and Communities Focus Group, and additional engagement activities as outlined in section 2 of the Phase 2 Community Consultation Summary. Through phase 2, the project team collected information about experiences and ideas about the future from a diverse range of participants.
Download the Phase 2 Community Consultation Summary.
On October 22, City staff presented an overview of the Golf Operational Review to members of the AAAC to gather input and perspectives on opportunities for Indigenous Placemaking, improving golf play, and complementary uses at each of the five golf courses under review.
Download the presentation.
The project team met with 20 Indigenous leaders and representatives from different Indigenous communities in August 2021 to discuss the Project and the future of city- operated golf courses.
The survey was available from June 14 to July 12, 2021 and collected thoughts, ideas, and preferences on the future of Golf Courses in Toronto.
Over 6,000 people participated in the online survey.
One virtual community meeting was hosted for each of the five City-operated golf courses. Participants learned more about the operational review, and shared their thoughts and perspectives on the future of specific golf courses in breakout discussions. The Local Community Meetings were intended to understand the different perspectives of local community members (within 1km of each golf course), regardless of their relationship to golf.
Download the June 14, 2021 public meeting presentation (this presentation is applicable to all five community meetings).
Phase 1 included multiple engagement tactics to gather input and perspectives on the Project. The intention was to engage city-wide while providing opportunities for key stakeholders to engage.
Phase 1 included the following engagement tactics detailed below:
Toronto City Councillors were invited to participate in one-on-one meetings with the Project team from June 7th to June 14th, 2021. The criteria for conducting a Councillor meeting was either: (1)they have a city-operated golf course(s) located within or directly adjacent to their ward; or (2) have invested interest in the future of golf course operations.
Three invite-only focus groups were conducted in Phase 1. The focus groups were organized by stakeholder groups and included:
A virtual public meeting took place on June 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to discuss the future of Toronto’s City-operated golf courses. The meeting focused on sharing information about the City of Toronto’s Golf Operational Review project and collecting feedback on current and potential future uses of the five City-operated golf courses.
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