Big Changes Coming to Champion Lakes Golf – Trail Daily Times

Along with a new name, the Beaver Valley Golf and Recreation Society (Society) has big plans for the future.

Formerly Champion Lakes Golf and Country Club, the popular nine-hole course located just outside Fruitvale is now known as Champion Lakes Community Golf Course.

With the name change, the nonprofit hopes to expand its reach, while opening the door to more grant opportunities for much-needed upgrades.

“The Beaver Valley Golf and Recreation Society strives to support a facility that promotes outdoor recreation, appreciates our members, welcomes the public and supports our community,” said President Stephen Piccolo.

“The next three years are essential to the sustainability of the golf course.”

Champion Lakes Community Golf Course is set to implement a massive improvement plan. Photo: Jim Bailey

The golf course has partnered with BC Special Olympic-Trail Athletes to provide passes and free lessons for several years, and would like to expand their community outreach by offering golf sessions to local schools as part of their programs. physical education. Additionally, the Company is seeking to reinstate the BC Summer Games and Selkirk College Junior Camp programs, Teck’s Learn to Golf Health and Wellness program and other senior-friendly activities.

Champion also invites the public to schedule events and functions such as corporate and private weddings and social events.

“The Society identified the need to evolve into a community recreation facility where members and the public feel welcome to come and play a round of golf, enjoy a casual dinner on the patio, book a business meeting, a wedding or a weekend camping getaway. “, Piccolo said. “With the right facility upgrades, the opportunities to bring the community together for different functions multiply.”

As for the golf course, Champion’s top priority is to replace the irrigation system, which will be expensive but has been in use since the course was built 31 years ago.

“This is necessary to stay the course and create opportunities to land new features for overall revitalization,” Piccolo explained. “The irrigation system may cost over $1 million and will require the support of various grants and a long-term plan for multi-year implementation.”

Improvements to the camping area are also high on the list. Development of an outdoor barbecue area with seating and additional landscaping to accommodate events and campers has a development date set for fall 2023 and spring 2024.

The restaurant will also undergo a major overhaul to transform it into a comfortable and relaxed sports-themed dining/pub space.

“The Society will invite local sports/recreation groups to exhibit memorabilia and photography showcasing their accomplishments bringing local memories and character to the space.”

Restaurant upgrades are slated for completion this summer and fall and include cosmetic renovations, improved lighting, televisions, music system, POS system and new furnishings. The kitchen will also see a new charcoal grill, fryer, stove and dishwasher thanks to a grant received from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT).

And to make the restaurant and spacious terrace more accessible, the course will also see a new lift installed to accommodate people of all ages and abilities.

The pro shop will expand to create an office for the general manager, freeing up space in the restaurant where his current office was. The project is scheduled to begin in September 2022 with grant support from CBT, Zone A, Kootenay Savings, Teck, ATCO and the Beaver Valley Recreation Commission.

The facility’s current electrical supply is insufficient and the course will work with FortisBC to provide an electrical upgrade. The Company is working with Star Link in 2023 to have a satellite connection for wifi which will improve both the maintenance, professional shop and restaurant capacities.

With these enhancements, the goal is to improve the overall experience for members and visitors to Champion Lakes and to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for all ages.

“With this long-term vision, we will secure our place in the community as a vibrant community leader supporting healthy, active lifestyles with a beautiful golf course,” added Piccolo.

The fundraising committee for Champion Lakes Community Golf Course is made up of volunteers Steve Piccolo, Loretta Jones, Dara Waterstreet and Lisa Lindal, along with course manager and golf professional Kevin Nesbitt.

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