The City of Kelowna has acquired Shadow Ridge Golf course for future Kelowna Airport use.

However, the 18-hole golf course on Bulman Road will continue to operate for the "foreseeable future."

“Our members can continue to expect the same great experience at Shadow Ridge,” said Dan Weddell, general manager of the golf club in a city news release. “Membership, rates and amenities will remain unchanged as we transition ownership to the airport.”

The city will be seeking a new operator for the course for 2017 and beyond. The existing operator has agreed to stay for 2016 to guarantee an smooth transition.

The nearly 84-acre property was identified in the airport’s master plan for acquisition.

“The purchase of this property was exceptionally important,” said Sam Samaddar, airport director. “As we’re unable to move the airport, we need to ensure that we have the available land to support the growth of YLW for future generations.”

Funding was provided from the airport reserves, with no funding from general taxation. The city didn't say what it paid for the golf course, but latest assessment puts the land at $2.6 million and its buildings at $600,000 for a total value of $3.2 million.

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