Skeena Valley Golf Club Hoping to Launch Water Well Project

John Crawford

Several years of drought-like conditions are taking their toll on the Skeena Valley Golf Course in Thornhill -- and the club has decided the time has come to drill a water well.

And that's an expensive proposition.

Golf Course Board member Brian Rigler says it'll likely cost somewhere between $80,000 and $100,000 to dig the 1,000-foot well which would be required. 

[PHOTO:   Dr Brian Rigler, Skeena Valley Golf & Country Club] 

Currently the course draws its water from a couple of ponds in the area -- but there's simply not enough water there to cope with hot, dry summers we've had lately.

"Over the last few years, our superintendent, Rob Wilke, has done a really great job at rationing our water so it gets to the point -- usually around July -- that we just can't water the whole course anymore and it's only the greens and the t-boxes that get watered, and then eventually last year, it's the first year where we've actually run out of water -- three whole days where we didn't get to water anything, which doesn't seem like a lot but if you add that up into seven days or 10 days, all of a sudden everything gets brown and we start losing grass and it's tough to get that back," he explained.

The golf course has been busy raising money for the project, and this week received a $5000 donation from the Rotary Club of Terrace.

[PHOTO:  Rotary Club of Terrace President Chad Sallenback presents $5000 cheque to Skeena Valley Golf & Country Club director Brian Rigler] 

Rigler says that reflects the value of the course to the community at large.

"Even if you're not a golfer, most likely you've probably been up there for a wedding or a business function or lunches or meetings or Terrace Little Theatre or hundreds of different events that seem to happen -- this year alone, this summer we've got nine weddings that are up there this summer so it's one of those things where even if you're not a golfer, you could still probably appreciate all the additoinal stuff that we do for our community up at the club," he said.

Rigler says once the funds are in place, the club can get busy with the project fairly quickly.

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