A Scandinavian-style outdoor spa will be built at a Winnipeg golf course, as part of a new deal between the city and business partners.
The clubhouse at the Crescent Drive Golf Course will be torn down this week to make way for a Nordik Spa-Nature franchise that will open next fall, city officials announced Tuesday.
First opened in Quebec in 2005, Nordik Spa-Nature is modelled on Nordic spas, featuring steam rooms, saunas and hot and cold baths.
Officials involved with the project say they hope the spa will revive the city-owned golf course.
"The whole idea of this project was that it was a different idea," Mariette Mulaire of ANIM, a Manitoba bilingual trade group that pitched the concept, told CBC News.
"We're bringing something new to Winnipeg. It's not competing with present stuff."
City wants to revive golf courses
The spa is the result of more than two years of work by the City of Winnipeg and ANIM, along with two local investors and Yes! Winnipeg, the city's economic development partner.
The city has been struggling in recent years to stem losses from the 13 golf courses it owns.
Officials are now looking at proposals to revive seven other golf courses.
"I think the dream is endless," Mulaire said.
"I think you can really look at bold ideas that correspond with the type of golf course … if you can identify something different."
Mayor Sam Katz said it's too soon to say what will happen to the other courses, but he said the city is open to new ideas.