It doesn’t sound like King’s Forest will host the Canadian Open, or become the new headquarters of Golf Canada.
Earlier this year, members of a city committee asked city staff to investigate the possibilities.
But Rob Gatto, Hamilton’s Manager of Sports and Entertainment Facilities, indicates that two site visits by Golf Canada confirm there are too many hurdles to overcome including a lack of land to achieve the organization’s vision.
Gatto notes, for example, that King’s Forest would have to be extended by hundreds of yards to host the national championship.
Access, parking, the lack of a driving range and the need for a new clubhouse and locker rooms are also shortcomings that would have to be overcome through an “extremely large capital investment”.
Golf Canada will need a new home in the coming years as Glen Abbey in Oakville is transformed into a residential community of three thousand homes.