Brigadoon Golf Course has been a long time in the making, and we are proud to be the newest addition to Parksville's golfing community. Owned and operated by Ross, Chris, Nick and Samantha Rivers, Ross designed and built Brigadoon after three decades of building golf courses and sports fields for others. Golf course management is not new to the family either; both Ross and Chris bring years of operational experience to the course, and are excited to begin this family venture!
Brigadoon exemplifies environmental stewardship and responsible construction methodology. No chemical fungicides, pesticides or herbicides will be used on the property. Drainage and water management plans were engineered during the construction phase to ensure no detrimental effects to local habitat, and no tree falling occurred during the nesting season. The fairways have been carved out of second growth forest (Western Red Cedar, Maple, Fir and Pine), with care and attention to preserve wildlife corridors wherever possible to minimize environmental impact.
The golf course itself is unique in many ways. With two par 4 holes and seven par 3 holes, Brigadoon plays to 1513 yards from the black tees and 1360 yards from the white tees. Greens range in size from 5500 - 6500 sq. ft., with large velvet bentgrass tees and fairway cutouts allowing for maximum action on the ball. Water hazards affect 4 holes of play. Golfers of all ages and playing abilities will enjoy the course, but those expecting an easy par 3 layout will be surprised! The atmosphere at Brigadoon is friendly and welcoming, with the course open to the public 7 days a week, first come first serve. We hope to see you soon!
Ross's father, Mike Rivers, was the pro/superintendent at Nanaimo Golf and Country Club for 42 years, so Ross grew up with extensive knowledge of the game, and started out as a club pro in 1976. However, he soon discovered a passion for design and development that lead to a career in golf course and sports field design, construction and maintenance. As the golfing population rapidly increased, the need for championship style golf in a public, affordable format became evident. Mulligan's, Winchelsea View and Pryde Vista are a few of the courses on the island that he has designed and built with the objective of bringing quality, playable mid-length golf to the island, and Brigadoon follows the same footprint.
Ross takes a unique approach to golf course design and many golfers will recognize similarities between his courses. Large greens with multiple placement areas and well placed traps and hazards are trademarks. He utilizes the natural environment to create challenging layouts that conform to local habitats, balancing the varied needs of the golfing population and utilizing revolutionary construction methodology. In recent years, his firm has also become prominent in the sports field construction and renovation industry. Recent sports field projects include Serauxmen Stadium on 3rd. Street in Nanaimo. Ross Rivers Enterprises continues to lead the turfgrass industry with innovative sports turf construction and renovation services. Check out our website at www.rossrivers.com for further information.