Community celebrates at official opening of new course at Miskanaw Golf Club
Miskanaw Golf Club members, community residents and special guests joined Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) Mayor Melissa Blake, members of RMWB Council and the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC) at the official opening tournament for the new course at Miskanaw Golf Club on Monday.
The new 18-hole course at Miskanaw Golf Club is the result of a five-year redevelopment project, transforming Wood Buffalo’s leading public golf course into arguably one of the best municipal golf experiences in Canada. The new course was designed by Robert Cains Golf Course Design in collaboration with the ‘ONE Team’ of the RRC and the RMWB and features an impressive island green on a new par-3 No. 16.
The official opening was also attended by Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education, the Honourable Don Scott (MLA, Fort McMurray-Conklin) and Mike Allen, MLA, Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo, while Noral Toyota and Clark Riley Construction Management Limited contributed as partners for the official opening tournament.
“What a beautiful day at Miskanaw as we officially launch a new course that is already delivering an exceptional golf experience and a more sustainable approach to community development,” said Rob MacGregor, PGA of Canada Director of Golf & Grounds for the RRC. “It’s truly an honour to be part of such positive change for our members, players and hole sponsors and it’s special to take a huge step towards even more sustainable operations at Miskanaw and more.”
The new course at Miskanaw Golf Club is linked to the new Water Treatment and Heat Recovery Facility currently under construction by the RMWB at MacDonald Island Park. The facility allows Miskanaw Golf Club to end its reliance on nearby water systems for irrigation, leading to more sustainable operations both environmentally and economically.
“Thank you to Mayor Blake and members of RMWB Council for their leadership and commitment to this multi-faceted redevelopment at Miskanaw Golf Club,” said Michael Cachia, Chair of the RRC Board of Directors. “This new course will improve quality of life, help create great memories and will contribute directly to sustainable operations in a number of ways, including as a building block for our youth. ‘ONE Team’ has taught the game of golf to over 7,000 young students – for free – over the last five years and that can’t happen without the support of Mayor and Council and all of our partners.”