Mirror reporter Mike Davies escapes from a greenside bunker at Sequoia Springs’ par-4 fifth hole.

Mailmans purchase Sequoia Springs

Local golf course to undergo revitalization but remain 'family-focused experience'

The Brown family has announced the sale of Sequoia Springs Golf Course to the Mailman family.

The completion of the sale is set for March 1, 2017.

After 41 years of owning and managing Sequoia Springs, the Browns say they are happy to have the golf course going to another long-time Campbell River family.

“Keeping the business in the community was really important to us,” says Linda Brown, Sequoia Springs owner, “and we couldn’t be happier to have the Mailman family taking over the club.”

The Brown family purchased the Glen Alder Golf Course in 1976 with partners Jim and Julie Camp. At the time when they acquired the course it was only nine holes. In 1986, the Browns renamed the course Sequoia Springs and expanded it to 18 holes.

“This business was always a labour of love for my dad,” says Craig Brown, Sequoia Springs manager, referring to his late father Barrie Brown, who passed away in 2013. “He did everything around here himself, even physically installing all the irrigation.”

“Our vision for Sequoia Springs is to enhance the total club experience by expanding amenities and revitalizing the course,” says future owner Kris Mailman.

That revitalization will include upgrading the course design, creating a new practice area and the addition of a driving range.

“Golf itself will only be a portion of the experience,” says Amanda Raleigh, Kris’ daughter. The current clubhouse will be renovated to provide new dining experiences, upgraded meeting rooms and banquet facilities. The potential addition of a spa and wellness centre and retail options will be contributing factors to creating the new total club experience.

“We plan on keeping the club a family-focused experience,” says Cheryl Mailman, Kris’ wife.

CPGA professional, Kyle Stoudt has been hired as the club’s new Golf Professional and Manager of day-to-day operations at Sequoia Springs. With a long history in the local and provincial golf community, Kyle grew up golfing in Campbell River and has spent the past six years as the Head Professional at Storey Creek Golf Club. “I’m excited for the opportunities ahead and my focus is on growing the game of golf and promoting golf to junior players,” Stoudt says.