Golf club celebrates 60 years with special tournament

Jeff Gaye

The Cold Lake Golf and Winter Club is holding a special scramble-format tournament August 12 to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

Planning for the course began in 1957. It opened with just three holes, and sand greens. Three years later it expanded to nine holes with grass greens.

“Hundreds of volunteers were involved in building it,” said Keith Rieder, a long-time member who has researched the club’s history. “Ninety-five per cent of the golf course was built by volunteers.”

In 1977, it was rebuilt as an 18-hole course.

In the tongue-in-cheek style of RCAF Cold Lake in the 1950s, it was originally named the Palm Springs Golf Club. As the best course for miles around, Palm Springs earned a reputation as “The Jewel of the North.” Its log-cabin clubhouse was replaced with the current golf and curling facility in 2004.

For the anniversary tournament, the club hopes some “old foursomes” will come back to play the course. Interested players may register as singles or in groups of two, three or four. The entry fee includes dinner and prizes.

For more information, or to register, call the Pro Shop at (780) 594-5341.