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 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.
A survey summary will be posted here when available.
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.
Download the June 14, 2021 public meeting presentation (this presentation is applicable to all five community meetings).
Meeting summaries will be posted here when available.
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.
Download the meeting presentation.
The meeting summary will be posted here when available.
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