Morningstar Golf Club will undergo a review and enhancements. — File photo

Morningstar Golf Club will undergo a review and enhancements. — File photo

Renowned golf course architect Furber visits Parksville’s Morningstar

Receiver-manager plans to review and enhance golf course

Plans are ongoing to review and enhance Parksville’s Morningstar Golf Club to ready it for potential longterm owners.

The receiver-manager of the club, G. Powroznik Group Inc. of G-Force Group, has retained renowned golf course architect Les Furber to assist with the enhancement. He will visit Morningstar on Tuesday, April 30.

It was Furber’s company, GDS Golf Design Services, that designed and built Morningstar in 1991 to much acclaim and fanfare as the new golf course “jewel” on Vancouver Island.

Golfers continue to view Morningstar’s layout as one where Furber and the GDS team truly accomplished their goal of designing a course that combines a balance of playability and challenge, where golf strategy and shot values are present on every hole of the course.

Designed with a range of tee boxes that provide six playing lengths, from 5,277 yards to 7,018 yards, Morningstar is capable of providing an enjoyable golf experience for all levels of ability.

Furber will share his expertise with Morningstar’s management to reinforce maintenance practices to respect and ensure the playability and integrity of his original design and to advise on the changes in the game and equipment that have occurred since 1991. The receiver will also receive a synopsis of the current golf course condition and recommendations regarding the future potential of Morningstar, which will interest potential purchasers.

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Furber’s visit will be capped off with a special reception for Morningstar members to meet him and share conversation on the game of golf and the captivating designs that GDS has created in Western Canada and internationally.

“We’re excited to have Les join our significantly expanding membership and help kick off the 2019 golf season,” said Randy LaRoche, manager. “It’s rare to have this opportunity.”

After a hiatus in marketing since November, while significant improvements to the course continued, the receiver is re-launching the search for the “right” purchaser who will value the history of Morningstar and the promising future in the golf destination market of Vancouver Island and the local golf community in the growing Parksville Qualicum Beach region.

For information on the sale process for Morningstar or the adjacent 22.8 acres of development land, go to .

— NEWS Staff,Submitted