Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sell, Sell, Sell...I need to get back on!!!

Please Robert - I beg of you, sell, sell,'s just not the same, I had to play at Eagles Glenn yesterday as I was booted off Crybush. It was 41 degrees, with a cold mist blowing in my face and I shot an easy "80" and if this continues it may go to my head and I'll be thinking that crowd at Golf Links PEI will be trying to sign me up with Tiger for the "Legends of Golf". Now had I been at Crybush I would have thrown one in the woods on number 1 hole, taken a "6" on number 8, and I would have tried to mark a "5" on number 11, when that roving reporter Billy McGuire would sneak up amongst the mosquitoes and say "take a 9 there Banks". Now if the sun would rise tomorrow and the course was privatized I could buy my way back to Paradise...sounds like the same old tune...
Too little too late on golf sale, Liberals worry
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2006
CBC News
A suggestion in the throne speech that the P.E.I. government might get out of the golf business is too late, says Opposition leader Robert Ghiz, and he worries it will get out for too little.
'Do I trust this crew that's in power now to sell the golf courses?'- Liberal Leader Robert Ghiz
The government owns four golf courses: Mill River, Crowbush Cove, Brudenell and Dundarave. Premier Pat Binns said the government has not yet decided what to do with them.
"We've certainly seen an increase in rounds played this year," said Binns.
"Whether it's the best time to be selling or not, I guess we're still considering. But we're putting out a signal that we're ready to look at that seriously."
Binns said he'll only sell the courses if he gets a good price. Ghiz worries the government won't make a fair deal.
"I think selling the golf courses is long past due," said Ghiz. "But at the same time, do I trust this crew that's in power now to sell the golf courses without doing it politically, without Islanders taking a bath on it? No, I don't."
NDP Leader Dean Constable agrees it's time to get out.
"We've lost quite a bit of money in the game of golf, and owning golf. And I'm still not sure why we ever bought golf courses in the first place," said Constable.
"We need to be looking at providing public services. The government has a lot of things to keep them busy, and investing in the private sector in the way they have in purchasing golf courses was a bad idea in the first place."
Thursday's throne speech said buying into golf was important for supporting the development of the industry on the Island.

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