A special anniversary deserves a special weekend.
The Vernon Golf and Country Club will celebrate its 100th anniversary June 22 and 23 with a variety of events for members and the public.
“The weekend will be an opportunity to showcase our wonderful facility in celebration of our special landmark, 100 years young,” said Julie Knobloch, golf course general manager.
“We will be inviting the membership and community to help celebrate this milestone with an old fashion barbecue picnic, birthday cake, contests for golfers and non-golfers and many more events.”
There will be special opening ceremonies on Saturday, June 22, at noon with the Kalamalka Highlander Band, the presentation of a scroll from the Royal Canadian Golf Association and a ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch a memorial granite bench on the first hole.
The club will host a Good Old Fashioned Picnic Barbecue with ribs, chicken, corn on the cob, salads and more. It runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $13.
The Salmon Armenians perform for a Dance Under the Stars on Saturday night with a dinner/dance for $35 per person.
Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m. and dancing starts at 8 p.m. Call the club office at 250-542-0151 for tickets.
On Sunday, June 23, starting at 11 a.m., there is a celebrity barbecue followed by an opportunity to play golf for $20.13. A power cart is also available for $20.13.
There will be a barbecue steak or chicken dinner, including a glass of wine or beer, for $20.13. The dinner runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
The Vernon Golf and Country Club was originally located in the BX, now Silver Star Road.
The BX course was scrapped after the First World War and moved to an East Hill location in 1920.
This was short-lived and the move to the current location happened in 1922.
“During the Great Depression the inability to retain the lands which had been acquired for less than $3,000, would later cost the club $55,000 to retain to expand to 18 holes,” said Knobloch.
“During the Second World War, the club was offered on two separate occasions to the city of Vernon to operate as a municipal course.”
In the early 1950s, the course gambled and put in an irrigation system, and, in the 1960s, made the big leap to expand to 18 holes in 1969.
In 1987 the current clubhouse replaced the old clubhouse.
The club has continued to thrive with an active dedicated membership.
“The Vernon Golf and Country Club is a semi-private facility which now boasts a membership of 750,” said Knobloch.
“Rich in history and dedication from its members over the years, the club would not be what it is today without the hard work and perseverance of the people. The people are what make the club.
“The volunteer board of directors who give selflessly of their time, and the many committee members who run the various groups all share in the camaraderie of their fellow golfers.”
The public is always welcome to play a round of golf and enjoy a meal in the Fairways Restaurant.
The Vernon Golf and Country Club is also a great venue for weddings, banquets, corporate tournaments, meetings and much more.
The Vernon Golf and Country Club offers a scenic walk alongside the Vernon Creek for those wanting to test their golfing abilities and yet enjoy the pleasure of playing in a park-like setting.
“This is probably one of the best-kept secrets in the Okanagan and only minutes from downtown Vernon and Kalamalka Lake,” said Knobloch.
For more information on the anniversary weekend, contact Julie Knobloch, general manager at Vernon Golf and Country Club, Brian Carpenter, director in charge of the celebrations, or Colleen Barker, club director.
More information about the festivities can be found at www.vernongolf.com.