At a much-anticipated ground breaking today, September 21, 2010, Summit County and The Canyons jointly announced the launch of construction on a long-planned golf course at The Canyons Resort.
Elected officials, dignitaries, and staff from Summit County, The Canyons, Talisker and the Resort Village Management Association (RVMA) gathered to celebrate the beginning of construction on The Canyons Golf Course, and praise the cooperation among these organizations as well as the property owners that made the golf course project a reality.
The golf course has been planned since Summit County approved a development plan for The Canyons area in 1999, and was originally expected to be open by 2002. A change of County government in 2009 and the purchase of The Canyons by Talisker Corporation in 2008 facilitated renewed effort to complete the golf course project. Officials say the timing of the project has allowed for a masterful project plan.
“Since we bought The Canyons two years ago, we, together with Summit County and the RVMA, focused on alternative solutions to the obstacles of the past. With great cooperation, we all succeeded and now we move forward to get the golf course built,” said Jack Bistricer, CEO of Talisker, owner of The Canyons. “Together with the new trails, fantastic new lifts, restaurants and snowmaking, The Canyons is well on its way to becoming one of the very best all-season mountain destinations in the country.”
The course will be constructed by The Canyons Golf Club, LLC, beginning in September, 2010 and is expected to be completed in August of 2013.
“We got it done. A golf course will make The Canyons a four season resort,” said Summit County Manager Bob Jasper.
The environmentally sensitive 18-hole golf course, designed by award-winning golf course designer Gene Bates, will be open to the public. It is expected to be a significant asset to the area, increasing the year-round appeal for tourists to visit Summit County and providing additional recreational venues for residents. Although The Canyons has generated strong winter season tax revenue for many years, economic analysis dictated that a golf course was essential to create a four-season mountain destination. County leaders hope the construction of the golf course will contribute to economic momentum for the County to include increased visitation and tax revenues, and Summit County jobs.
The announcement of the golf course follows a myriad of additions set for The Canyons this winter season as the Utah resort is set to open the nation’s first heated bubble chairlift, additional skiable terrain, upgraded snowmaking, and an all new Canyons Ski Beach.