THE HISTORY OF THE LADIES GOLF CLUB
We’ll be searching the records to find interesting facts related to our Ladies Golf Club. Sadly, much of the history was not written down or has been lost. Read with interest what we have managed to dig up and be sure to contact the executive if you have any records, photos or stories that you can share.
What many of you may not know, is that the Grande Prairie Golf & Country Club was not always on the property we enjoy today, nor did it have the same name. Until 1968, the golf course was on Richmond Hill, on “80 acres of Tom Bousfield’s high, rolling land, west of town with its magnificent view of many lakes” (Isabel Campbell). Formed on May 13, 1929 at an organizational meeting, it was appropriately named the Richmond Hill Golf Club.
There was no formal Ladies Golf Club formed until the move to our present property in 1968, and no woman on the Board until Mrs. W.L. Caldwell was elected at the June 24, 1953 meeting. However, we did have tournaments dedicated to women during those years as Richmond Hill Golf Club. Here are a few:
1934 Herman Trelle Cup: Ladies Open Championship 9winner Mrs. C.C. Fleming)
1957 Dawson Creek & Grande Prairie Ladies Interclub Challenge Cup
1962 Ladies Golf Club match Play (winner: Mrs. Peter Orchuk)