INVERMERE, B.C. - Hard to believe, but a mudslide that inundates a golf course and forces it to close for several weeks may actually turn out to be a good thing.
Officials at the Mountainside golf course at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in southeastern B.C. say they've used the tonnes of debris left by the July 15 slide to make improvements.
"We've used it to elevate tee boxes, add contours and create natural hazards," said Peter Smith, vice-president and director of golf at the resort.
The noted Canadian golf course architect Doug Carrick gave advice on how to take advantage of "the debris Mother Nature generously provided to improve the playability of the course," the resort said in a news release.
The course, one of three at the resort which promotes its championship golf offerings, is set to reopen Aug. 31.