Principals of the Sage Hills project have announced plans for a 3900 acre community to be built 10 kilometres south of Courtenay and golf will play a major part of the development.
Sage Hills' Location Near CourtenayThe project is centred around a private school and a sports academy. The project would also include residential enclaves and a commercial village.
They have already announced that an 18-hole golf course will be part of the development and there is to be an academy layout tailored to learning as well. The two 18-hole golf courses will cover approximately 350 acres.
One golf course is slated to be one of the first components completed. While they are still going through approval processes, if things go smoothly we could see another course on the island by 2010.
Brit Stenson, Director of Design for International Management Design (IMD), a division of IMG has been tagged to do the course design.
IMD, which is IMG’s in-house design division, provides complete signature golf course design support for several IMG clients, including Vijay Singh, Mark O’Meara, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie and Annika Sorenstam. IMD is currently designing over 20 golf courses and recreational real estate projects in more than 10 countries.
Brit’s design expertise has been developed over 34 years in the business. He was Director of PGA Tour Design Services and oversaw construction and design for a number of the well known Tournament Players Clubs.
Key to the development is a deal with IMG Academy (IMGA). Originally started in Florida as the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, a tennis school for elite student-players, IMGA has expanded into offering golf via the David Leadbetter Golf Academy as well as other numerous other sports.
The full-time, boarding sports academy is planned to include facilities for hockey, skating, golf, tennis, soccer, basketball, baseball and mountain sports. The academy will also offer performance and coach training, as well as local family and community programs.
Ted Everett, Chairman of Sage Hills Developments, and Ted Meekma, IMGA Director, signed the partnership agreement at a press conference in early December.
“We are excited to have IMG Academy on board and believe they are a perfect fit with the Sage Hills vision,” said Everett. “IMGA’s world-renowned programs are not only recognized for producing high-calibre professional athletes but, more importantly, outstanding students and leaders.”
The Sage Hills community vision is built on integrating education, sports and lifestyle themes, providing its residents with opportunities for progressive, inspired living and learning. Complementing the sports academy will be a University Canada West campus, research park and private K-12 School, a variety of family, student and seniors housing options, and a hotel and corporate retreat centre. Master planning has now commenced and will incorporate economic, social and environmental sustainability principles.
Reports say the entire Sage Hills project could take 10 to 15 years to build and cost $2-billion.
For more information visit www.sagehills.ca