Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan Canada
The iconic lobstick tree, which has been a fixture on the first fairway, had seen better days, leading to its removal on the Labour Day weekend of 2013. The removal, and planting of a new tree to take its place, was attended by a large crowd which watched the historic event.
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The Lobstick Golf Course was built in 1935. The course was designed by legendary Canadian architect Stanley Thompson and is a member of the Stanley Thompson Society.
According to native legend, the tassle-top lobstick tree, created by lopping off a series of branches below the top, was used as a navigational marker.
The practice continued with fur traders, early settlers, timber cruisers and prospectors in the area. In modern times the lobstick tree serves as a reminder of the area's rich historical past, and marks the beginning of a course rich in golfing adventure and tradition.
This is one of the oldest golf courses in Western Canada. The "old course" in Waskesiu is still here today and retains much of its original layout. It has 18 holes and the golf course can be played by all level of players.
For a golf course of such historical importance, access is remarkably easy. You can simply pay and play if you wish, and the pro shop sells special souvenirs. Memberships are available for both local golfers and visitors. A membership for the latter might make a particularly unusual golf gift.
Waskesiu Golf Course truly is golf at its most authentic and in its most historic setting. Come try it -- you will really feel the history of the place.
Additional historic records, pictures and stories of Waskesiu Golf Course will be added soon.
Stanley Thompson's Legacy -- a short video.
"Nature must always be the architect's model. The golf course should fit the terrain. The lines of the bunkers or greens must not be harp or harsh, but easy and rolling. Every now and then I get a mean streak and like to fool the boys a little. But, I never hide
any danger. It's all out there for the golfer to see and study."