Over the winter, the Radium Resort has been making plans and putting them in action to upgrade not only the activities at the resort but the golfing experience as well.
Wilda Schab is the general manager of the resort, and explained that, currently, workers are preparing three new golf holes at the resort course.
“The change in design was brought about by a desire to upgrade the course. This course is an established course in the valley but it was a shorter course. It was a par 69 and what we wanted to do was retain the flavour of the course while adding length.”
When the holes are ready, some of the original holes will be re-configured, while the new holes will provide not only a new challenge but also a spectacular view of the valley and mountains.
“The beauty of the design work is that we will, over the years, be changing certain aspects of the course while maintaining a variety of skill levels for the golfers,” Schab said.
Even though there will be changes coming on the course, the feelings of the past will not be taken away from those who appreciate the course the way it is today.
“A lot of people love this golf course just the way it is and the reasons they love it will still be there but we will add something new for players who want to step back a little further so they will enjoy the course as well,” said Joe Evanoff, Assistant General Manager
“We always go with the philosophy that I reserve the right to change my mind. What is naturally out there you take advantage of so it doesn’t look like it is contrived,” said president of the resort Bill Newis.
Developing the new holes has been a fun challenge for those involved, with changes happening during development to provide the best experience for the golfers.
There is also a plan to add an 18 hole putting course that will give guests the chance to challenge themselves on a professional putting area with an addition as well of a waterfall.
“This will be an area that will be about 24,000 square feet. You will play it as a series of holes and separating them will be highly landscaped areas with seats. It will be something for all ages. We are trying to create more things for people to do,” said Newis.
The changes are not just limited to the course.
“We have also done some renovations to some of our loft units and executive suites. We are also putting in a brand new hot tub and refinishing the indoor pool,” Schab said.
She went on to explain that this is just the start of plans to do upgrades at the resort and The Springs Course in the Village of Radium Hot Springs.
“I think we have been working hard over the winter even in a down economy. We needed to make these improvements to the resort. The response from the people has been excellent,” Schab said.
She also said the addition of a fleet of electric golf carts has also been receiving positive feedback from guests.
“People buy into a lifestyle. They want to know what type of activities are available for the family. We are trying to develop a true social and recreational experience for people who come out to visit or live,” Newis said.