A golf course in Ontario plans to be the first cannabis-themed course in Canada. Rolling Greens in Lombard, near Smith’s Falls, will allow golfers to enjoy cannabis while also teeing off on the green.
According to Gordon Weiske, director of entertainment at Rolling Greens, they are calling themselves “Canada’s first cannabis-themed golf and entertainment destination.”
Weiske said that when cannabis was legalized in the country, they looked at how to approach it. So while everyone wanted to be a licensed producer or retailer, they thought about looking after the tourist and entertainment market and decided that a cannabis-themed golf course would make a great concept. They got 164 acres, after all.
The course was previously named the Lombard Glen Golf and Country Club. However, just a couple of months ago, it was purchased and rebranded. Despite the strict regulations surrounding cannabis across Canada, golf courses are one of the places that can still create their own rules. This makes it possible for Rolling Greens and other golf courses to allow golfers to smoke pot on-site if they wish.
The rules are that one can enjoy cannabis wherever smoking it is allowed, Weiske explained. They are not changing anything, but many golf courses are banning it or are telling guests not to do it. According to him, they will be the first ones to say, “Come and roll with us.” Moreover, they will be the greenest golf course in the country.
He made it clear, though, that they play by the federal and provincial laws. He said that, right now, their arrangement is BYOB (Bring your own Bud).
And while the cannabis theme alone would surely draw interested crowds, Rolling Greens plans to be much more than just a cannabis-friendly golf course.
Weiske said that they are going to be like “the Las Vegas of cannabis,” Weiske said. They are expanding the 164 acres in order to have an age-gated, 19+ entertainment park where there will be virtual reality games, a mini-putt, and probably a drive-in movie theater, too.
He said that they have room to expand, and the golf course is just one part of it.
Moreover, the course plans to partner with licensed producers who will sponsor and create a theme for their own hole on the course.
Rolling Greens will have their soft launch on April 20, and people will be able to hit the course for the first time after the rebranding. Bigger launch events are also planned in the months to follow.