Sturgeon Valley in The 1970's "Turning the Corner"
Sturgeon Valley Golf Club moved one step closer to disappearing. A dedicated group of members banded together to negotiate a new Agreement and later in 1970 the new contract with revised terms was signed.
Even with the 1967 re-construction of the course the flooding of the Sturgeon River often caused problems in the spring. A step toward control of this problem was taken in 1971-72 when a dyke was constructed along the edge of the present number nine fairway.
In 1971 the Sturgeon Valley Ladies' Golf Club was officially formed, despite efforts from a few wives of members who tried to form a club in 1969. From 1971 on, the Ladies' Club has continued to prosper with membership increasing. Tuesday became "Ladies Day". The Ladies' Club joined the ELGA in 1973 and with this affiliation began participation as executive members and/or players in inter-club, Edmonton City, zone, provincial, and ultimately Canadian competitions. In the 1990's Monday Night Business Ladies were added to the Club.
The year 1974 brought renewed hardship to the Club when a tornado passed through the golf course destroying many large trees and the machine shed. The shed was quickly replaced with the butler building, which is used as a cart barn today.
The dream of the original members came true on a day to remember in October 1, 1975. After fifteen years of struggle and hardships the last payment on the land was made and doors were opened for Sturgeon Valley to forge ahead.
Plans for the golf course as advertised in the promotional brochure of the early '60' stated: "Future plans include building a large and inviting golf clubhouse with all facilities, In the meantime, arrangements have been made to use part of the very spacious adjacent farm home for a temporary clubhouse."
Indeed, this house, built in I924, was known as the snug and friendly clubhouse of Sturgeon Valley for 16 years.
On February 6, 1977 the members agreed to the financing of a new Clubhouse. Ground was broken early in the spring of that year. July 22, 1977 marked the closure of the original clubhouse and the opening of the new facility. Sturgeon Valley had outgrown the farm home and the new clubhouse featured a Pro Shop, club storage, locker rooms and full lounge and dining facilities.
There was only one direction that Sturgeon Valley was moving now as the Alberta economy was experiencing some of its best years. In February 1979 a full ten year Master-Plan was accepted by the members for course development. Then on May 28, 1979 at a Special General Meeting, a motion was passed to enter into an Agreement with Fernwood Construction Canada Limited, to trade the property across the road for another parcel of land along the river. Many legal problems delayed start of construction but in 1980 work began on 10 holes that were designed by Bill Robinson.
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