Royal Golf Club closes, signals rough times for Vancouver Island golf industry

February 7, 2017 4:22 pm

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The closure of the Royal Oak Golf Club is the latest as the Vancouver Island golf industry faces rough times. Eighty-two-year-old Ray Shillington is shopping around for a new place to play after receiving notice that the Royal Oak has closed.

“I’m not happy,” said Shillington, who has been a member since 2001 and lives in a townhouse on the course. Shillington received an email last year from the Cordero family, owners of the nine-hole course on Marsett Place, informing him that they are closing the course “with sadness and a heavy heart.” The email says many Victoria golf courses are struggling to survive and most have lowered green fees and membership rates.

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