The Future is Now for Bear Mountain
Ecoasis Developments, who purchased the Bear Mountain lands and assets last October, has announced that the future build out of the community will include keeping all 36 holes of the Mountain and Valley courses.
“...Lifestyle amenities and quality development are an integral part of achieving this important goal. Bear Mountain will continue to be Canada’s only 36-hole Nicklaus Design golf experience. We are moving forward with our contract agreement with the Westin, and we are introducing more amenities to enhance the lifestyle advantages of coming to Bear Mountain year round whether you are coming to stay at the Westin or to live in the community.”
For the courses, this means the 10th hole of the Mountain layout will come out of play effective January 27, 2014, and the stunning extra par-3 hole (referred until now as the optional 19th) will come into play, enabling Ecoasis to move ahead with the build-out of the Hedgestone neighbourhood bringing new golf course lots to market this summer.
Also to appeal to a wider group of golfers, two returning nines will be offered on The Valley Course in 2014.
“This will be great for the course, and the community,” said Jordan Ray, Director of Golf at Bear Mountain. “People are busy and we get asked all the time if it’s possible to play 9 holes. Two returning 9s will open up our facility to more golfers...”
Other improvements include new comfort stations. These “comfort stations” will include washroom facilities, and food and beverage services complete with indoor and outdoor seating areas these will also cater to the hikers and cyclists who will be using a new trail system being introduced for the summer of 2014.
Darren Burns, Golf Superintendent at Bear Mountain, welcomes the changes along with an increased budget to improve the courses. “We are thrilled to receive the recognition and support for new equipment that will improve the quality of the courses and the play experience for everyone. Ecoasis is making a genuine commitment to the greens department and the maintenance program here at Bear Mountain.”
Other planned improvements as part of a property improvement plan valued in excess of $4 million include a new outdoor swimming pool, grotto-style hot tub, and fitness centre as part of the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa.
“Bear Mountain’s spectacular mountain setting, strategic location, village amenities, and sheer liveability make this an exceptional opportunity for Ecoasis to add value for the benefit of all stakeholders of this vibrant community.
We want all residents living in and visiting the South Island to consider Bear Mountain among their favourite places to visit, relax, play, dine, and enjoy.” concludes Matthews.
For more information, visit their website at www.bearmountain.ca.