Edmonton ladies mark your calendars, our Day Trip this year will be held on Monday July 8 at the Coal Creek Golf Resort. Details will be on the website soon. If you haven’t played this course it is very unique with its black sand bunkers and references to its past life as a Coal Mine. Instead of me prattling on about it – I have gratefully borrowed some words of our member, Therese Kehlers’ blog to get you excited.
Welcome to Coal Creek Golf Resort, which up until 10 years ago was fully functioning, family-owned coal mine. In 2007, the owners of Dodd’s Coal Mine wound down operations at this site and moved to a more modern facility about five kilometres away. With acres of land soon to be sitting empty, reclamation options were discussed and the idea of a championship golf course with a coal-mining theme was born.
The black sand traps aren’t the only homage to the old mine. En route to the sixth tee box, you’ll pass the old processing plant — the site’s tipple — where coal mined from the pits was crushed down into usable sizes, then loaded into the trucks of its customers.
The mine’s last open pit forms the arena for holes 1, 4, 5 and 18. All the bodies of water were original coal pits. And around the course, pieces of retired heavy equipment are scattered between the fescue-lined fairways. As the course’s website states: “You are truly playing through coal mining history.”
To our members that have never taken one of our Day Trips – they are fun, very social and you get to meet so many members of Golfaround. Golfing well is not a requirement – but having fun is! Lyn Prop Edmonton Coordinator