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100 years of Golf

 
 
100 years of golf

Recreation has been providing golf opportunities for citizens for more than 100 years! Shaganappi Point Golf Course, the second oldest golf course in Calgary, turned 100 in 2015. Thank you to everyone that helped make this celebration so special.


Shaganappi Point Golf Course celebrates a century of providing golf to Calgarians and o
n July 28 we had a ceremony to acknowledge the golf course's historic relevance which has included use by First Nations, the 1901 Royal Visit King George V and Queen Mary, and the home of the 1988 Winter Olympic Hot Air Balloon Festival.
Shaganappi Point celebrates 100 years
Shaganappi Point celebrates 100 years of Golf

Watch the video from our event: Shaganappi Point Golf Course celebrates 100 years

August 1954:Mrs. Anderson putting out at the Municipal Golf Course to win the Calgary Ladies Golf Association championship.
August 1954:Mrs. Anderson putting out at the Municipal Golf Course to win the Calgary Ladies Golf Association championship. Miss Dunford, holding the flag, tied for second.


 

We would like to share some Shaganappi Point Golf Course stories with you! A very big thank you to Mike Dempster for helping put pen to paper for these stories. Check back often for more wonderful tales and very special memories and connections to Shaganappi Point Golf Course.

  • "It was the oddest sight. The night was cold and dark when a light appeared in the middle of the Shaganappi Point Golf Course said Alasdair Fergusson..." Read More
  • "When Scott Jolliffe came to Calgary 35 years ago, the first course he played was Shaganappi Point. I had no idea of its historical significance at the time."... 
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  • "Anna Krop-DeGirolamo will be a familiar face at the Shaganappi Point Golf Course this spring. But you won’t see her working on her putting, chipping and driving. Instead, she’ll be..." Read more
  • Calgary Sun Backswing Edition - feature story June
    ...Shaganappi Point still a favourite hangout after a century of action.

Did you know...

Hot Air Balloon Festival
During the 1988 Winter Olympics, this was the site of the Kodak Hot Air Balloon FestivaL
  • Shaganappi Point is the second oldest Municipal Golf Course in Canada (next to Victoria Golf Course in Edmonton)
  • Prior to its designation as a golf course, the area served as the town cemetery (all remains were relocated to the Union Cemetery by 1892)
  • In 1914 Parks Superintendent William Reader proposed a golf course as a use for the park area and a potential way to increase streetcar revenue.
  • The 18 hole golf course development was started in 1915 and opened in 26 days. Approx. 2000 people golfed that first year. Tees were equipped with coconut mats, and greens were a mixture of sand and crank-case oil, a practise commonly used throughout North America at that time
  • Construction costs were only $637.26 and that first year revenue was almost $500
  • A round of golf in 1915 was 25 cents
  • In 1915, the golf course served the approximately 80,000 Calgarians who lived in the area
  • Only the 105-year-old Calgary Golf & Country Club is older than Shaganappi
  • Shaganappi Point Golf Course is one year older than the Centre Street Bridge
  • This golf course had a small downhill ski hill in the 1940's
  • During the 1988 Winter Olympics, this was the site of the Kodak Hot Air Balloon Festival
  • July 1, 2002 signaled the completion of the 5 year redevelopment at Shaganappi and Driving Range addition
  • In 2008 a Willow Tree ("Willowmena") at Hole #8 on Shaganappi Valley 9 Golf Course was designated as an “Alberta Heritage Tree”