Wildstone Golf Course is officially open and ready to impress
After ten days of golfers getting a chance to take a first swing at the new Wildstone Golf Course in Cranbrook as part of the ‘soft opening’, owners, staff and guests celebrated the grand opening of the new facility last Saturday, June 11.
“There is a lot of pride in the facility, the course and the amenities that have been pulled together by a wonderful staff,” beamed Wildstone’s general manager Chris Andrews. Crews have been working countless hours, he added, to get the course ready and give people an experience they will be talking about for a long time.
Facilities manager Mike Baden emphasizes this course would not have been possible without local support. “We’ve had 200 to 300 people, suppliers and contractors from town working here,” he stated. “This is a real community project.”
“There’s been times that we didn’t think this day would come,” stated Scott Ferrell, president with Gary Player Design, the firm entrusted with designing the course. “To Coast to Coast Development thanks for recognizing the potential and vision of this course.”
Calgary developers Todd Croft and Eric Sweet purchased the Wildstone property in 2009 out of receivership and Andrews said the only way to deal with the challenging times was to look forward. He hopes that the successful opening of the Wildstone Golf Course will breathe some life back into the overall development as well.
“The first 100 golfers on opening day June 1 came off the course raving,” Andrews stated. “The local setting for this course is amazing, It exposes postcard views of the Rockies and gets great exposure to grow grass.”
Andrews pointed out that while the course is not easy, it has a RCGA rating of 72.5, it is very user-friendly and offers some birdie opportunities. The practice facility, Andrews added, is sensational and one of the best he has seen in North America.
To make full use of the gorgeous site, Wildstone has welcomed head professional Dave Linardic. A veteran member of the Canadian PGA, Linardic has returned to his native Cranbrook to lead golf lessons at Canada’s first Black Knight Design by Gary Player Design course.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to be coming home,” says Linardic, who spent the past nine years as an assistant and teaching professional at Victoria’s Cordova Bay Golf Course on Vancouver Island. “I always said I’d only leave the Island and return to Cranbrook if I had an amazing opportunity and low and behold that’s what happened.”
With the course fully operational, including all the amenities such as food and beverage service, rental clubs and golf merchandise as well as power carts and non-motorized options, the next order of business will be to put the business plan in place and build a successful business in the community, Andrews said.
For tee times, more information on the course and to purchase golf packages and member passes, visit www.wildstonegolf.com.