Nottawasaga Inn seeks noise exemption for golf course
Posted July 8,
Residents living along the golf courses in Green Briar and Briar Hill
will start hearing the sounds of lawn mowers beginning at 6 am if New
Tecumseth councillors tonight approve a noise exemption for the
In a letter dated July 2 to the Town from Jamie Sheppard, the resort's
Director of Golf, the request for seasonal exemptions requested between
May and September.
The resort operates two golf courses - Nottawasaga and the Ridge - lined by houses throughout the Briars communities.
The Town's noise control bylaw prohibits construction or maintenance
activities other than snow removal Monday to Friday 7:00 p.m. to the
following 7:00 a.m.; Saturday 7:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.; and Sunday and
Statutory Holidays At all times to the following 7:00 a.m.
"Tee times for seasonal pass holders, residents, hotel guests and
public players etc begin at 6:30 - 7:00 am depending on the month and
time of year. On all golf courses, general maintenance including
closely cut greens, tees and fairways is required prior to the first
tee time. These starting times are not unique to Nottawasaga and are
generally available at all golf courses," according to Mr. Sheppard's
"It is imperative for our turf/golf maintenance crew to commence
cutting at 6 am to stay ahead of the morning players. Green cutting,
tee cutting and fairway maintenance is virtually impossible to perform
safely once players are on the course and leaves no other alternative
but to begin this general maintenance before morning tee times
commence. Beginning at 6am and avoiding golfers provides a safe work
environment. Performing their duties while golfers are actively playing
would dramatically increase an employee's chances of serious injury and
He suggests the expemption be worked into the policy as an update to
"Other cities and municipalities have included golf course use for a 6
am start within the bylaw."
Council has scheduled a "special meeting" following its regular
committee meeting tonight with the single item on the agenda to approve
so it would take affect tomorrow morning.