furry creek 

The owners of Nicklaus North now have another Sea to Sky golf course and club house under their belt. Burrard International Golf Inc. has acquired the Furry Creek Golf and Country Club from Tanac Development Canada for an undisclosed sum. The deal was made public last Friday (Oct. 1). Burrard International now owns a total of nine courses around the province including two on the island and four in the Okanagan. The Tanac Group of Companies, which developed and has owned the course for the last six years, will continue as the master developer at Furry Creek. "We built Furry Creek into a very successful business with a loyal following of golfers and an excellent reputation," said Shigenori Suzuki, president and CEO of the Tanac group. Furry Creek opened in 1993 as a private golf club. It was opened to the public after club memberships did not meet projections. Burrard International CEO of golf operations, Bill LeClair, said his company will look at establishing future links with their Whistler operation. "We have several different facilities around the province and we try and get them geographically near to one another if we can," said LeClair. "We get some efficiencies from operating, marketing and running them together." LeClair said Furry Creek was just one of the many courses Burrard International has their eye on. Discussions with Tanac have been in the works since late summer. Burrard vice president Donald Lee said the sale has nothing to do with the Furry Creek housing development at this time. "All we acquired was the golf course and the club house." Tanac, in partnership with United Properties still plans to develop 25 acres of waterfront property. This next phase of the Furry Creek development will feature a 250-unit townhouse project and town centre, called Oliver’s Landing. The overall Furry Creek development is a 1,036-acre planned golf and residential community. It is currently in its fourth phase. When complete it will likely house 920 families, making it twice the size of Lions Bay. The intent is to leave 50 per cent of the land in its natural state.

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