This summer, the Shaganappi Point Golf Course is marking its centennial, and so the City of Calgary is proudly celebrating 100 Years of Golf.
Shaganappi Point was founded in 1915, one year before the Centre Street Bridge was finished. It was built thanks to the Parks Calgary Superintendent, William Reader, who thought that it would be an effective way to use park area and increase streetcar revenue. It’s an interesting parallel to the recent introduction of the West End LRT Line which stops right beside it at the Shaganappi Point stop.
Once development began, it only took the City a remarkable 26 days to open. It cost the city $637.26, which would be $13,257.00 today, and a round of golf only cost $0.25 ($5.20 today).
By the 1940s Shaganappi Point Golf Course adopted a dual purpose: golfing in the summer, and both downhill and alpine skiing. Even though the course is no longer used for downhill skiing, it is usable for cross-country skiing every year from November to March.
Here are a few fun facts about the course:
1. In the early days of skiing at the course, they didn’t actually use a snow blower when conditions were poor. They broke up chunks of compact snow using a grain blower, which is pretty ingenious.
2. Shaganappi Point hosted the Kodak Hot Air Balloon Festival during the 1988 Winter Olympics.
3. A tree that resides on the 8th Hole received designation as an Alberta Heritage Tree in 2008. It is a large willow tree nicknamed “Willowmena”.
Join Councillor Woolley and the Ward 8 team to celebrate this landmark anniversary by playing a round! Shaganappi Point Golf Course has 27 holes, a 48-stall driving range, and is open seven days a week during the summer. It is located at 1200 26th Street and overlooks downtown Calgary.
Learn more about Shaganappi Point and the 100 Years of Golf celebration. If you have any of your own stories or mementos, share them with the city.
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