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The deal for a private owner to purchase Prince Edward Island’s Crowbush Cove golf course is now off the table and the course is back on the market.

“We weren’t able to reach an agreement that was in the mutual interests of the province and also not in the mutual interest of the proponent we were having our discussions with,” Robert Henderson, P.E.I.’s minister of tourism and culture, told The Guardian. “I’m not, as the minister of tourism and culture, going to have a deal for the sake of a deal, I want a deal that makes sense for the taxpayers.”

Back in 2012, the government issued a $1.4-million warrant to help cover money lost in the province from the golf industry. This led to a request for proposals (RFPs) for someone to manage, lease, or buy any of the four courses. Crowbush was the closest to a sale.

Henderson said he sees the courses as valuable with a lot of potential, and the province has large investments in these properties. Although P.E.I. is unsure what will happen, all courses will be open for business this coming golf season.