The Boissevain Golf Club is starting to get excited about its future.
After getting tired of being described as a pitch-and-putt course, the club’s executive decided a couple years ago to extend two holes into par 5s and turn the nine-hole course from a par 33 to a par 35. Volunteers and crews got the grading done in the fall, the topsoil is down and on Wednesday the irrigation system started to be installed.
The initial plans were to have the extended course — which will grow to 3,270 yards from the back tees, up from the old design’s 2,705 — open this spring, but setbacks in approvals have put it a year behind. That isn’t discouraging club president Garry Zeiler.
“It’s going to be very interesting,” he said. “It looks so good I can’t wait for green grass to come up. We should be seeding within a week.
“In a perfect world, we’ll get enough growth this year that we can do a couple grass cuttings and then if everything goes and grows the way we hope and fills in, we would love to open the course first thing next spring.”
With the new changes, the second hole will be a par 5 instead of a par 4, there will be a new par-3 third hole and new tee boxes for the fifth hole will make it a par 5, giving the course two par 5s, two par 3s and five par 4s. Boissevain doesn’t currently have any par-5 holes.
One of the new par 5s will be a dogleg left going south while the other will be a dogleg right going north.
Despite the construction, the course is still open, although it has been modified a little bit with the practice green being used for the second hole and the second hole’s regular green being used for No. 3. Members were consulted before the temporary change was made, and Zeiler believes the short-term pain will be worth it when next spring rolls around.
“Even the people from Killarney are looking at it and are quite interested,” he said. “Many people from Brandon, and we have members who know people in Brandon, say they won’t come out to the course. They think it’s a pitch-and-putt course because it’s a par-33, even though we have some tough holes out there. Now when we add a couple par 5s, I think everyone will want the challenge to try the course and I think it’s going to play real well.”
WESTMAN TOUR: The Westman Golf Tour will not run this season after Desjardins pulled out as a sponsor in the last week of April and organizers weren’t able to find another company to jump on board in time.
MATCH PLAY: The provincial match play championship starts Saturday in Winnipeg with the round of 32. Glenboro’s Josh Wytinck is the second seed and will take on Daniel Munroe, while Dauphin’s Trevor Fox is the third seed and will meet Riley Unger. Brandonite Mark Tokle is the 29th seed and faces Jordy Lutz. The second round will be played on Sunday.
CHIP SHOTS: The first hole-in-one of the season at the Glen Lea Golf Course was hit by eight-year-old Rylan Campbell, who aced the 98-yard par-3 second hole with his driver. Campbell, whose shot was witnessed by Curtis Campbell, became the youngest person to hit a hole-in-one at the course … Brandon’s chapter of the Huntington Society of Canada will host its charity tournament at Glen Lea on Sunday. For more information, call Cam Harrison at 204-724-0534 … Carberry’s women’s open will also be held on Sunday … The Killarney spring women’s open will take place on Tuesday. To register, call 204-523-8277 … The Reesor’s Senior Ladies Open will be held at Glen Lea on Wednesday with an 11 a.m., shotgun start. Cost is $40 and includes a buffet after the round. Call Helen Dyer at 204-726-1937 or Cheryl Robson at 204-728-4379 … The RBC Wealth Management Senior Men’s Open will be held at the Wheat City course on July 30. The cost is $55 and includes breakfast and lunch. Call Ross Mann at 204-728-5790.