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FORE!: New back nine greets eager golfers at Squamish Valley Golf Club

The Squamish golf course’s back nine opens on May 31 after winter renovations.

With a lot of upgrades to the back nine ready to roll, the Squamish Valley Golf Club was filled with eager players at its soft opening on May 31.

The latter half of the Squamish course underwent extensive renovations that started last August and recently wrapped up. The club's general manager, Scott Wengi, said the renovation went really well over the winter.

“And it looks fantastic now,” he said.

Holes 13, 14 and 17 are entirely new from tee to green, he said, and others got reworked greens, fairways and larger tee decks.

Wengi said the back nine holes will now drain better after rainfall, and the larger tee decks will allow the club to move the tees around, keeping parts of the grass fresher for longer. Additionally, he said they were able to rework the fairways to eliminate some of the undulations along the way.

“The 13th hole in particular … some members used to refer to as an ‘unfairway,’” he joked.

Some of his favourite holes so far include 14 and 17.

“The 17th hole now is such an improvement from what it was before,” he said. “Two new fairway bunkers, a green side bunker, and then a huge green compared to what we had there before. It looks fantastic.”

The excitement from the players was evident, as the parking lot for the club was nearly filled by 10 a.m. on Friday and numerous golfers complimented Wengi on the work as he took The Squamish Chief on a short tour of the course.

On Saturday, June 1, the club will host a more official opening with Tim Hortons for early risers and Steamworks Brewing giving out samples on hole 14 later on. The Sea to Sky Hospice Society will also be there to talk to golfers about the organization and take donations.

“It's great to see so many people coming and visiting the golf course. And we're seeing so many new faces Squamish. The community is really taking this course to heart,” said Wengi. “It's great to be part of a vibrant hub here in Squamish for this particular sport.”

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