On January 15, 2020 Purcell International Education (PIE) and the Kimberley Golf Club (KGC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and stakeholder event at Trickle Creek Lodge to celebrate PIE’s purchase of the golf course from KGC. PIE assumed operational control of the golf course on January 13, 2020 following 18 months of cooperative negotiations between PIE and KGC to structure a deal that will secure the future of the club while providing PIE with land to build its in-development international boarding school, Purcell Collegiate School.
Where are things at?
Throughout the 2020 golf season, PIE will be working with the KGC executive and senior golf course staff to allocate initial capital investments in infrastructure upgrades, course improvements, and pro shop enhancements. As a result, club members and the general public can look forward to a new experience in the clubhouse and on the course. Also coming soon: new names for the golf course and the restaurant as part of a rebranding process meant to be completed for May 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19.
What's not changing?
The Kimberley Golf Club will continue as a membership society. Ron Christensen, KGC President, wants members to know the following: “PIE now owns and operates the course but KGC still exists as a club. Memberships are still purchased through the club and member benefits at the course will continue as they were. In fact, PIE plans to enhance and expand them. The KGC looks forward to continuing the relationship and cooperation, long into the future.”
For the time being, Purcell Golf will continue to use the www.kimberleygolfclub.ca website to book tee times and publicize events. A new website will be launched following the completion of the rebranding process.