City spends $1 million on golf course

A $1-million to upgrade to sand traps at Roseland Golf Course is well underway and should be complete by the end of the year.

Roseland Golf Course nearly restored to 1926 glory

Roseland Golf Course gets $1-million upgrade

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A $1-million to upgrade to sand traps at Roseland Golf Course is well underway.

City Council in August approved upgrades of the city-owned course.

Project manager Tyler Rae of TDI Golf said the work should be 90 per cent complete by the end of the year.

Rae and golf course designer Paul Albanese are attempting to restore the course to its original look of 1926.

Rae's specific task is to physically sculpt the course.

"We're trying to recapture some length, put bunkers back in their places and also just recapture the green sizes and add some really good features that were lost over the time," Rae said. "It's a hidden gem just sitting here."

Roseland was designed by architect great Donald Ross. The city took ownership of it in 1972. And in 2003, the course received an Ontario heritage designation.

The project excites Albanese, too. He calls the course a diamond in the rough.

"I felt like I'd gone into an attic and found a van Gogh painting that had just been overgrown with some fungus or something and I came up and said, "do you realize what you have here? You have a beautiful work of art.'

"The fact that the City of Windsor has one is really a special thing. Most of these courses are private country clubs and there's not as many that are owned by public entities."

During the renovations, Rae has come across sand he says has been there since 1926 and drainage pipes from the 1940s.

Approximately 2,000 tonnes of new sand is being shipped in from Ohio. It costs $90 a tonne.

Albanese believes the end product will be worthy of hosting a professional championship tournament.

The restoration was scheduled to be done by December, but heavy fall rains will push the timeline back to early spring.