The owners of the Beach Fairway Golf Range have announced that Thanksgiving Monday, Oct. 8, will be the facility’s last day of operations. The range is leased from Build Toronto, who earlier this year informed owners Kim Holman and Brian Jacobsen that their lease for the facility would not be renewed for the 2013 season.
Holman and Jacobsen gathered thousands of signatures on a petition to save the range, then moved on to trying to find a new home for the golf practice facility. Through Build Toronto, the owners attempted to negotiate with the city for a similar piece of land within a 10 km distance of the current location, on Victoria Park Avenue just north of Gerrard Street East. However, they were unable to reach a deal with the city councillors for any of the four potential sites they found.
On Thanksgiving Monday, Holman and Jacobsen are offering free coffee and donuts from 8 to 11 a.m., then free hot dogs from 11 a.m. to close at 6 p.m. $2 from each bucket, as well as all money from mini-golf, will be donated to Variety Village. Funds raised will help the Village deal with roughly $50,000 in flood damage from this summer that is not covered by insurance. Groups from Variety regularly used Beach Fairway over the last decade.