Southern Alberta: Local News / Southern Region

Do You Have What It Takes To Rate Alberta’s Top 100 Courses?

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 December 2014 17:27 Saturday, 13 December 2014 16:23

by Gord Montgomery

 

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Ever wondered how golf courses receive the ratings they do in some publications?
 
Ever think you could do better? You know... why you’d put such-and-such a course ahead of, or behind, another one. Ever wish you had the chance to be part of the rating panel?
 
Well, if you live anywhere in Alberta, and are an avid golfer, the opportunity you’ve been waiting for to put your two cents worth in may be at hand.

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Mickelson National Will Fill A Niche In Calgary Area

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 12:12 Monday, 13 October 2014 10:52

by Gord Montgomery
 

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The Mickelson National Golf Club, now under construction near Calgary, will be a one-of-a-kind facility in that area, and perhaps even in all of Alberta, says the man in charge of the operation, Barry Ehlert.
 
In a phone interview, Ehlert, who heads up the Windmill Golf Group, said the idea of a high-end golf course in that part of the province is what is missing from the sport’s landscape at present.

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A Foe We All Know Sidelines Vlooswyk at Re/Max World Long Drive Championship

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 17:23 Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:44

by Gord Montgomery
 

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Each and every one of us who has ever swung a golf club in fun or competition knows that evil little being that lives inside us all.
 
The one who shows up at the worst possible time; the one who has bitten every one of us.... from the best professionals like Rory McIlroy at the Masters to Phil Mickelson at some point in virtually every tournament he plays to Tiger Woods....to you and I on a Saturday morning with a few bucks on the line.
 
You know of whom I speak, none other than… Mr. Hit-It-Crooked.

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Mt. Kidd And Mt. Lorette To Regain Their Former Glory, Beauty

Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 17:29 Monday, 04 August 2014 16:34

by Gord Montgomery

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Thirteen months after 32 of the 36 holes at the Mt. Kidd and Mount Lorette golf courses in Kananaskis Country were destroyed by floodwaters, the Alberta government announced they would rebuild both courses from the ground up.
 
Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation Minister Dr. Richard Starke declared the two courses will be restored to their former glory at a price of $18 million (Cdn.).
 
That is part of an overall $60 million rebuild to the entire Kananaskis Parks area that was destroyed by the raging floodwaters in June of 2013.

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Calgary Golf Pro Dives Into Water Hazard To Save Man

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 10:21 Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:48

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Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club Head Professional Josh Gardner was teaching a lesson this past Saturday afternoon when he heard a minivan coming down a hill behind him.
 
What happened next is being hailed by many as heroic, but Gardner felt he was just doing the right thing.
 
“I heard a bang and then I saw it go airborne, through the air, right into the middle of the pond,” he said. Gardner told his students to call 911 and yelled at the driver of the vehicle.
 
“He wasn’t responding so I just made the choice to go into the water,” he said.

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