Sneak peek at Crowsnest Pass Golf Course development
Wednesday, 05 September 2018. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze
A convoy of golf carts took to the trail last Wednesday morning to explore eight new holes developed by Riversdale Resources at the Crowsnest Pass Golf and Country Club. This view is from the tee box of the 13th hole.
Photos by Shannon Robison
Riversdale Resources gives sneak peek at new holes
By Shannon Robison
Sod was officially turned Aug. 12 for the new clubhouse at the Crowsnest Pass Golf and Country Club. Construction of the facility is the final element of a massive reconfiguration project funded by Riversdale Resources.
A guided tour of eight new holes, set to open in the summer of 2019, led to the clubhouse site.
Many stopped along the way to enjoy the stunning beauty of the Rocky Mountain setting. Those unfamiliar with the course quickly realized there is much more tucked away in the trees than one could imagine when passing by on the highway.
Riversdale representatives, course staff and golf club executive members were among those who acted as tour guides.
Board member Doug Gunn’s pride in the local course, excitement to get the new greens into play and overall knowledge of the project were impressive.
He mused about how one comes up with such a vision when looking at a canvas filled with trees and a creek running through it.
Each hole has a fabulous view along with unique natural characteristics and challenges.
A wooden bridge over Blairmore Creek connects the new holes with the existing course and the snack shack is accessible from three holes.
Addressing the crowd at the clubhouse site, golf club president Rob Amatto said things had worked out well.
Riversdale Resources “made us an offer we couldn’t refuse,” he said. “We feel like we’ve won a lottery — and we really have.”
He offered sincere thanks to Riversdale and to the community for making the project happen.
“We’ve always worked closely with the community,” said Riversdale chairman Michael O’Keefe in response. “We don’t go into these opportunities or development mines without considering the people, because that’s what makes it happen.”
“It’s simple courtesy when you go to someone’s backyard that you knock on the front door before you walk in, and you become invited,” he added.
Michael said he was amazed by the community as well as by the course and the location. “It’s going to be here for everyone for a long, long time.”
At a breakfast following the groundbreaking, course architect Gary Browning thanked everyone involved for trusting in his vision.
“I’m so very, very proud of this project,” he said. “Believe me, folks, this is first class.”
It is a golf course locals will love and others will travel to play.
In 2014, Riversdale Resources approached the golf club with a course reconfiguration proposal to allow for construction of a coal-loading facility for the Grassy Mountain coal project.
An agreement was reached in 2015 between the parties, the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass rezoned the parcel of land in September 2016, and construction began that November.
A new driving range was opened in July 2017 and three reconfigured holes were opened two months later.
The entire project has been funded by Riversdale Resources with an estimated final cost of $16 million.
Weekly tours are available. Call the pro shop at 403-562-2776 if you would like your own sneak peek.
Crowsnest Pass Golf Club president Rob Amatto, left, and Riversdale Resources chairman Michael O’Keeffe take some good-natured ribbing from Steve Mallyon, Riversdale managing director, as they break ground for the new clubhouse.
Bill Sharpe practises his swing and enjoys Crowsnest Mountain peeking through the clouds on the driving range, which opened in July 2017.
The 13th hole, with Pass Powderkeg Ski Hill in the background, provides a stunning view.
The new sixth hole is a challenging one.