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The 41-year-old Prospect Lake Golf Course permanently closed today. As widely reported earlier in the year the course had a planned final date of November 30, 2015.

The Steele family will keep the property and not develop it. They are seeking expressions of interest for usage of the 35 hectare (88 acre) property, hopefully for recreational purposes.

In February the couple posted on their website, “This decision is bitter-sweet for Dorene and I. We have taken great pride and pleasure in watching people come to golf and enjoy the relaxed camaraderie and scenic, natural beauty at Prospect Lake Golf Course.”

The nine-hole course offers a rustic and character golfing experience complete with a mirror at hole two so golfers can see around a blind-corner, to where they are driving. There is the 130-yard hole six, where golfers must drive over 70 yards of water to reach the green, which is perched on a hill and slopes on all sides, the green is surrounded by water and bunkers.

Prospect Lake was the ninth course to open in Greater Victoria. Since the 1980s several more have opened and saturated the market including Arbutus Ridge, Cordova Bay, Olympic View and Highland Pacific.

Cedar Hill, a Saanich-owned property, for the 2015 season began offering alternative golf called foot golf, where players kick a soccer ball.

Here is a list of Greater Victoria Golf courses and the year that they opened.

Victoria Golf Club – 1893
Royal Colwood Golf Club – 1913
Cedar Hill Golf Course -1921
Uplands Golf Club – 1922
Ardmore Golf Course – 1930
Royal Oak Golf Course – 1963
Glen meadows Golf Club – 1965
Metchosin Golf and Country Club – 1971
Prospect Lake Golf Course – 1974
Mt. Doug Golf Course – 1978
Arbutus Ridge Golf Club – 1987 – Cobble Hill
Olympic View Golf Course – 1988
Cordova Bay Golf Course – 1991
Highland Pacific Golf Course – 2008
Bear Mountain Golf course – 2009 – Sidney
Green Acres Gold Course N/A – Metchosin
DeMamiel Creek Par 3 Golf Course N/A – Sooke