September 13th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 37
CNP Golf Club: the new, the planned and the partnership
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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Workers are pictured installing sod on August 18 on the new 3, which is a reconfigured hole on the existing side of the golf course. Hole 3 is one of three new playable holes that opened on September 13.
Pass Herald Reporter
The Crowsnest Pass Golf & Country Club has just opened three new holes on September 13.

The new 3, 4 and 18 have been reconfigured from old holes 10 and 11 on the existing side of the golf course.

In the fall of 2014, Riversdale Resources approached the Crowsnest Pass Golf & Country Club about constructing a coal loading facility and rail loop on the course for the Grassy Mountain Coal Project and in 2015, the two parties came to an agreement to reconfigure the golf course to accommodate Riversdale’s plans. In September 2016, Council passed a bylaw to rezone a parcel of land that would allow for the construction of the new additions to the golf course, which includes the new clubhouse, driving range and golf holes. Construction began in November 2016.

“Funded by Riversdale Resources, this community project is one of the largest in the history of the Crowsnest Pass,” says project manager Waren Gietz. “The golf course is an important part of our community as it offers a gathering place, to socialize and meet new people, and remain active and healthy in spectacular outdoor surroundings. The CNPGCC and community are very fortunate to have this opportunity.”
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As part of the partnership, the Golf & Country Club is also working on opening eight brand new holes on terrain west of Blairmore Creek. The holes are currently in various stages of construction and cover a new playable area of 60 acres.

“An engineered bridge over Blairmore Creek will connect the new holes with the existing golf course,” says Gietz. The bridge is being built locally by Blairmore Precision Machining and Welding and Mammoet will donate a crane to place the bridge.

The Golf & Country Club is also in the design stage of creating a new clubhouse behind the new 18-hole with the capacity to seat 144, and accommodate diversified events year-round like work functions, parties, events and weddings, and Christmas dinners.

“The current building is very old. It’s tough to run a business of our size from this clubhouse, so a new building would be very beneficial,” says head pro Jason Roth.

The club has engaged golf course architect Gary Browning who has worked on a number of projects in Alberta including the Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club restoration of the Kananaskis Country Golf Course.

“We are aiming to build a course that will be fun for golfers of all ages and abilities,” says Gietz. “Gary and I have worked to include shorter distances for beginners, wider fairways, and strategic and sparing use of bunkering to challenge the better players. Slopes are gentle on the new greens, and should allow for lower scores, which everyone likes.
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We want people to enjoy themselves, and I know they will. I can't wait for people to see the new holes. They are spectacular. The facilities are going to be a huge upgrade for us and will accommodate our needs for decades to come.”

Earlier this summer, the golf course’s brand new driving range opened in July, while the old driving range was turned into a new hole. A new irrigation system is also being installed on the entire golf course.

Gietz says he expects to complete grow-in on the new holes through the 2018 season and that the new terrain and clubhouse facilities would be open for play in 2019. However with the current forest closure all contractors were asked to pull out and construction has halted until the province deems it safe to resume activities in the backcountry. Unfortunately for the Golf & Country Club, this could mean a serious delay with the project schedule.

“We were making great progress until then. Now, we are unsure of the timelines because of the forest closure,” says Gietz. “The progress was on schedule for grassing next spring, but we really don’t know how long this setback will last.”

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September 13th, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 37
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