Derrick Golf and Winter Club to undergo $12M makeover
Six new holes, 12 new corridors for Edmonton golf course in addition to extensive facility renovations in Phase 1 of facelift
The Derrick Golf and Winter Club will be getting a $12-million makeover at the south-side facility. The project includes major upgrades to the course and extensive renovations to the facility. The work will is projected to run through 2013 before it’s completed in the fall of 2014.
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EDMONTON - On a day that a winter storm hit Edmonton, it’s hard to envision what the redesigned holes at the Derrick Golf and Winter Club will look like when course designer Jeff Mingay is finished with the $12-million makeover of the south-side facility.
The project, being undertaken by Mingay, who worked with architect Rod Whitman on such courses as Blackhawk, Sagebrush Golf and Sporting Club (Merritt, B.C.) and Cabot Links (Cape Breton, N.S.), includes major upgrades to the course and extensive renovations to the facility. Mingay will work on the course project through 2013 before it’s completed in the fall of 2014.
“There will be six new holes and 12 new corridors,” said the Windsor, Ont.,-based Mingay, who got into the business after writing an article on Whitman, who designed Wolf Creek.
The holes will be rerouted or changed completely, allowing for more direct access from the green to the next tee-box. There will be new greens and, most importantly, the Derrick is getting a spiffy new drainage system, which has long been a problem when the rains hit.
The course, because of the confined area it’s situated in at 35th Avenue and 119 Street, will not really be any longer on the scorecard — it’s 6,606 yards from the tips — with the reconfiguration. But there will be some longer par 4s in the 450- to 460-yard range from the back tees, and a greater variety of distances on the par threes.
Two of the funkier holes will undergo a major makeover. The fifth hole, which forces players to hit their second shots over a large pond to a green with some giant netting behind it to stop balls from entering a homeowner’s backyard, is now history.
“That hole’s completely gone, it’s a par 3 now,” said Mingay.
And the short par 4 14th, with the split fairway and a green with water on the front and side, is changing as well.
Mingay wants to add plenty of sand, especially fairway bunkers.
“It’s been like driving into a cemetery,” said Mingay.
Due to ongoing construction, golfers will be restricted to playing nine holes in 2013.
The Derrick’s 1,400 shareholders — the club has 5,000 members — will also get a new multi-purpose gymnasium, five new international badminton courts and a new-look clubhouse as part of the $12-million improvement. Work will start in the spring.
This is the first phase in a $27-million facelift of the Derrick, which features a curling rink, tennis, badminton and fitness facilities, and an aquatic centre.
“We believe the Derrick is the best family facility in the city,” said president Darren Crocker.
Mingay worked with Whitman for about 10 years before starting his own design company in 2009. He has designed such courses as Wascana in Regina, the Victoria Golf Club and Kelowna Country Club.
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