An aerial view of the Ponoka Community Golf Club.

An aerial view of the Ponoka Community Golf Club.

Ponoka Golf course improving programs for clients and youth

“We’ve got the best deck probably in central Alberta.” Rob MacPherson, Ponoka Community Golf Club pro/manager

One of the biggest improvements at the Ponoka Community Golf Club has been the youth program and the club wants to get the word out.

Rob MacPherson, professional golfer and manager, told members of the Ponoka and District Chamber of Commerce April 15 that the club is putting emphasis on training a younger generation to keep the sport alive in the future.

He said they have been improving junior golf lessons to show kids that golfing is something that a person can play over their entire life and it is affordable. Their junior program brings 65 to 125 kids each year and MacPherson is excited for the 2014 season.

Junior golf lessons start May 10. For more information, go to www.ponokagolf.com.

Another exciting change at the course has been the redevelopment of the 10th hole. The fairway, drainage bunkers and a new water hazard have all been re-developed to make the hole more enjoyable.

“It’s going to make it much more playable for intermediate golfers,” he said.

It will also prove a challenge for beginners to the sport. MacPherson says the project was quite a large one that took some years to finalize. “We hope to open it the first week of June.”

Restaurant open to the public

MacPherson says not many people realize it, but the restaurant is open to the public and staff can also accommodate banquet functions for most group such as weddings, receptions and corporate functions. And it comes with a great view.

“We’ve got the best deck probably in central Alberta,” MacPherson stated.

The restaurant will soon start serving a breakfast menu and he looks forward to seeing new clients. For more information on restaurant hours and their breakfast menu call 403-783-4626.

MacPherson says the club has a reward program for those who become members. After a certain amount of money spent, members get rewards in the form of gift certificates.