Canadian Rockies Golf Partners Applaud Kananaskis Recovery Funding

Earlier this week, news broke that Alberta would grant $18 million in funds to assist with flood recovery efforts at Kananaskis Country Golf Course. This will be part of a larger investment of $60 million to rehabilitate Kananskis Country’s trails, campgrounds and day-use spaces after much of the area was ravaged by floods last June.

As regional partners of KGCG, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course, The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course, Silvertip Golf Resort, Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club and Canmore Golf & Curling Club, could not be more pleased to hear that Kananaskis is on its way back to being one of Canada’s most treasured golf courses.

Hole 9 on the Mt. Kidd course at Kananaskis Country Golf Course

Hole 9 on the Mt. Kidd course at Kananaskis

“Kananaskis Country’s economic impact over the past 30 years cannot be overstated,” says Darren Cooke, General Manager at Canmore Golf & Curling Club and Canadian Rockies Golf spokesperson. “The re-opened courses and other recreational activities will immediately provide more leisure options for all Albertans, as well as significantly more tourists and revenue for Alberta and the Canadian Rockies destination overall.”

In addition to attracting golf enthusiasts from all around the globe, Kananaskis also helps drive the local economy. Every year, roughly 85% of the club’s golfers are local Albertans. A 2011 study found that KCGC produced a net economic impact of $14 million and supported 175 full-time equivalent jobs in its last full year of operation. Those numbers underscore how important it is to get the property up and running again. The money distributed to reconstruction efforts is an investment that will reverberate throughout Alberta once the work is complete.

Knowing firsthand how committed the KCGC staff is, we’re confident that Kananaskis Country Golf Course will be better than ever when refurbishment is finally complete – and we can’t wait to see the finished product once again.