A Prince Albert resident raises concerns about the Cooke Municipal Golf Course’s exemption from the municipal noise bylaw, which he says is disrupting neighboring property owners.

“I’ve been battling with the City for several years now over the amount of noise they’re making at Cooke Golf Course starting at 4 a.m.,” said Todd Kirkham, who lives near the south end of the Cooke course. golf.

“[The City] gave themselves an exemption from the noise bylaw, so they just make as much noise as they want, when they want.

Kirkham says he was woken several times by Cooke employees cutting grass or using leaf blowers between 4 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.

“One morning at 4:30 a.m. they had two workers with big leaf blowers blowing dirt from the parking lot and sidewalks around the clubhouse,” he said. “They had to wear hearing protection, but saw no problem doing so at 4:30 a.m., right in front of the residents.”

Kirkham says the noise from mowers and leaf blowers is often constant from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., then quiet for the rest of the day.

“They cut the grass every day,” he said. “Even when it’s dark until 7 a.m., they still cut at those times, using the headlights of their tractors.”

“The noise I hear is coming from the 18th hole, the last hole on the course, and it looks like they cut it first,” Kirkham said. “I think it’s ridiculous to mow the grass when it’s dark, especially the 18th hole which won’t see a golfer until hours later.”

He suggested that the noise bylaw exemption be changed so that Cooke employees cannot operate equipment within 100 yards of residences before 7 a.m.

“The area within 100 meters of the houses is a small fraction of the route and much of it is bush. I don’t think it’s too much to ask to cut those areas after 7am.

He said he doesn’t believe it’s fair to anyone who lives near the golf course and that the City is abusing its position.

“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous, the very idea that they can run whatever kind of equipment they want, whenever they want. They see it from an owner’s perspective. business and of course they want to do what they want because it’s better for their business. It’s the only business in town that can get away with it because it writes the rules.

Kirkham said he tried to contact town staff after he was woken by three tractors clearing fallen trees from the 18th hole at 4:30 a.m., but received an apology, that he had was fired and ultimately ignored.

After discussing the matter with the former city manager, he was told that it was dangerous for employees to mow the grass later in the day because of flying golf balls.

“Sure, I had a bullet close once or twice, but definitely not often enough to feel like it was dangerous to be out there,” Kirkham said.

“It’s clear to me that the main reason they don’t want to run the equipment later is so their customers won’t be disturbed by noise or have to wait for a mower to move to the side. said Kirkham. “Disturbing residents is fine, but an early morning golfer hearing mowers after 7am is unacceptable.”

“It’s not a public park or any other type of public property, and it’s in a residential neighborhood,” he said. “Golf is a business. If it were a private company, a complaint would be enough for changes to be made and making so much noise so close to residents would not be allowed.

The Daily Herald contacted the city for comment on Friday and Monday, but did not receive a response by press time.