As golf’s popularity slowly declines, more and more GTA golf courses are being sold to developers looking to cash in on a hot housing market.
Oakville’s Glen Abbey, Copper Creek in Vaughan, Highland Gate in Aurora, Glenway up in Newmarket, and York Downs in Markham are just a few of the golf courses that have sold to development groups eager to reshape the land and throw up hundreds of homes.
Glen Abbey in particular could become home to 3,000 homes, offices and retail locations.
Oakville Mayor Rob Burton is asking the province to intervene. He and politicians from 40 other municipalities believe that these proposed communities disrupt GTA and local development plans.
Homeowners living next door to these golf courses aren’t happy either. Many purchased their homes decades ago because of the picturesque views offered by the green spaces. Residents, believingthat the golf courses were a permanent feature, paid a premium to have a home located next to one.