River Road Likely Closed For Season

Ed. Note: Today, the City of London announced current plans do not call for the opening of River Road Golf Course during the 2020 season.

Earlier this year, prior to the coronavirus pandemic lock down, the City said it would keep River Road open this season, despite the fact a KPMG study advised shutting the club’s doors for good.

Click here for that earlier story.

Here’s the City’s statement today:

Photo: Jeffrey Reed/LondonOntarioGolf.com.

Over the past several months, the City has been adjusting its programs and services in response to the impacts of COVID-19. Earlier today, a report was provided to our Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee (SPPC) outlining the many services that have been impacted and providing them with information about programs that will either be greatly reduced or cancelled as a result of the continued restrictions in place.

While we’ve been happy to offer municipal golf at our Thames Valley and Fanshawe Golf Courses since golf was permitted to restart, we have not opened River Road. We’re sending you this note today to let you know that River Road Golf Course is currently one of the services listed in the reports that has been identified as one that will not be offered this season. The extensive and necessary health precautions, combined with the need to manage the financial impacts of COVID-19, have impacted services across the City.

The reports going forward are for Council’s consideration and decision making. We will be making adjustments to membership fees and will be reaching out directly with information about this should River Road remain closed for the season. The link to these reports can be found here: Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee Agenda.

We thank you for your continued support of London’s municipal golf system and look forward to seeing you at Fanshawe and/or Thames Valley this summer.

– The City of London Golf Team

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