Will the Bald Eagle Golf Club at Point Roberts reopen in 2022?
Rick Hoole can’t wait to get back to work on “the loneliest golf course in America”.
It’s like that Golf.com described the Bald Eagle Golf Club in a national report last year on the Point Roberts course which has been on lockdown since the Canada-US border was initially closed to non-essential travel in March 2020. Without Canadians, it wouldn’t there was no reason to keep the public course open.
Hoole is the course superintendent who worked tirelessly for months on the nearly 7,000 yard layout to ensure the greens, fairways, bunkers and tee boxes were kept to a minimum as the club was waiting for travel restrictions to ease.
When the US border finally reopened in early November, nearly 20 months later, peak season had passed and the decision was made to wait until 2022.
Now that Point Roberts has a special exemption at the border and the weather is improving on the horizon, there is finally an opportunity to reopen the bald eagle, but it will require significant work.
“I sure hope the owners want to start getting the course back to playable shape,” said Hoole, who was in San Diego to attend a Golf Course Superintendent Association of America trade show when he spoke. with the Optimistic.
Originally known as Point Roberts Golf Club when it opened 21 years ago, the course was sold in 2017 to Chinese investors and large sums have been spent on the redevelopment which also includes the Waterford Homes project which borders three of the holes and is still in the sell stage.
The Bald Eagle Owners Group is linked to Point Roberts Marina which was also sold to Asian businessmen in 2015. Accountant Zihao Ding is the marina’s acting manager and is awaiting information on plans to reopening of Bald Eagle in 2022.
“The bald eagle situation is really still up in the air and I can’t say anything for sure,” Ding told the Optimistic. “I just heard they might open and want to hire more people, but that’s really all I know about it at the moment.”
The pandemic has led to a renewed interest in golf at the recreational level, with tee times a challenge at Metro Vancouver courses. Now Bald Eagle just needs to start making up for lost time.
“Not enjoying the activity of golf right now is the hardest part,” said Bald Eagle General Manager and Chief Professional Kyle German. Optimistic last fall. “We have a new group of owners who have invested a lot of money in the course. We were building momentum and it’s hard from an owner’s perspective not to see (any type of feedback). Realistically, it’s been two years since all the other courses were able to make up for their previous shortcomings.