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Buffalo Run to close in October; Golfers bewail ‘big loss’

For many Calgary duffers, it’s a hidden gem tucked away on the fringe of Tsuu T’ina Nation land.

But golfers have less than four months to hit the gently rolling fairways of Buffalo Run Golf Course — as it’s slated for closure on Oct. 20 to make way for the final leg of the city's ring road project.

“It’s a big loss because there are so many people who come here,” said June Millar on Thursday.

Millar praised the nine-hole course for being inexpensive, easy enough for her granddaughter to play and its proximity to many southwest residents.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do,” Millar said. “We used to go to Shawnee Slopes before it closed.

“Maple Ridge is great but there’s no driving range… (Confederation Park) is quite a ways away.”

The links-style course was listed as one of several entities needing to be relocated after the southwest ring road deal was reached last fall, although an exact timeline wasn’t provided at the time.

Band spokesman Peter Manywounds told Metro there’s been recent talk over moving the course down into the more well-treed valley, which is located south of the existing clubhouse and driving range.

“We’re working on that as we speak,” Manywounds said. “We don’t have anything we are going to unveil.”

Self-described "hacker" Brent Skene urged the nation to move to a shadier spot, despite raving about how some of his most wayward golf balls could be found on the currently wide-open course.

“Moving down into the trees would be cool,” Skene said.

Fast facts:

  • In November 2013, the provincial government and Tsuu T’ina inked a land-swap and cash deal that had been in negotiation for four decades.
  • The band and province are still waiting on Ottawa to approve the land transfer.
  • The governing Tories have pledged to open the road no later than seven years from the day it gets federal approval.

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