Fairmont Jasper Park

Calgary Golf & Country Club

Canada, Canadian Rockies, Alberta, Calgary
5.2 (5)
Designer: Willie Park Jr
Course Opened: 1911

From the club's web site:

The Calgary Golf and Country Club's course beside the Elbow River is the oldest private course in Alberta still being played.

Although the Club was formed in 1897, it wasn't until 1910 that the membership bought about 100 acres from the CPR and moved from their last temporary course near today's Elbow Park School.

The new clubhouse and course opened in 1911 with 15 of its proposed 18 holes ready for play. The opening day celebrations and tournament attracted golfers from Fort Macleod to Edmonton.

In 2011 the Club held a 100 Years of Golf by The River Celebration with commemorative parties and a tournament partly played with hickory clubs.

Willie Park, Jr, The Architect of Today's Course

Just as a post-WWI boom in golf interest was beginning, the Club hired the Scottish Willie Park, Jr (1864 - 1925) in 1922 to bring its course to modern standard. Today, Park is considered as one of the greatest founding architects of golf courses. For its $1500, the Club received a detailed design for 27 holes, suggested topographical changes and plans for an underground watering system.

The Club completed most of Park's layout by 1925. The installation of the pumps and watering system, however, proved to be too late for the Club's team of horses that hauled water as they unfortunately drowned while hauling water from the Elbow River.

Although the Club modified Park's layout over the years, his design has always been as the fundamental basis of the course. In 2007 a restoration project returned the course to Park's classic style.


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