British Columbia

Fauquier golf course damage 'worst that I've seen': fire chief John Banta

The Fauquier golf course, near Nakusp in the B.C. West Kootenay is crumbling, and sliding towards a neighbouring lake and officials aren't sure why.

Fire chief John Banta says golf course damage could have been caused by rain and melting snow

The bluff below the golf course club house has crumbled, damaging two holes below. (Al Devlin)

The Fauquier golf course, near Nakusp in the B.C. West Kootenay is crumbling, and sliding towards a neighbouring lake and officials aren't sure why.

Water is pooling, and there are large craters that have appeared on the course.

"It's not the first time that has happened, but in my memory, it's the worst that I've seen. There's no questions about it, it's quite a mess," Fauquier fire chief and golf club member John Banta told Daybreak South's Chris Walker.

Two out of nine holes at the Fauquier and District Golf Club were damaged. (Al Devlin)

Banta said two out of nine holes are affected — both between the lake and the now-crumbled bluff where the clubhouse sits.

Banta isn't sure what caused the damage, but he believes the warm temperatures mixed with rain and melting snow had a hand.

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"I've always said around here if we have heavy rain and fast snow melt at the same time, we can have all kinds of problems."

Banta believes the damage can be repaired, but he's not sure if all nine holes will be playable when the course opens on April 1. 

"It's basically a question of rearranging dirt, isn't it?"

Fauquier is across the lake from a mudslide that has closed Highway 6, one kilometre west of the Needles Ferry.

To hear the full interview with John Banta, click the audio labelled: Fauquier golf course sliding into the lake.

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