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Pins, Rakes and Water Jugs
Hello Members and Golfers,The NGCOA has been in communication with the health authority and have recently decided to allow outdoor items to be returned to the golf course.  The Creston Golf Club is allowing golfers to remove pins when putting, if desired. The pool noodles will remain on pins for those golfers wishing to stay with previous protocols. Starting this weekend, water jugs will be on the course, please use your own containers as none will be made available.  Some rakes will be in sand traps, as well. It is recommended golfers use personal hand sanitizer while playing a round of golf.  All other Covid protocols remain in place. Thank you.

The Creston Golf Club was founded in 1954, when a group of local citizens formed a society, and purchased 100 acres of previously logged Crown land for $265.  Alan Staples, the first president said, “That may not sound like much, but we had a hell of a time raising the money”. That about sums up the gradual development of the Creston Club, heavy on volunteerism, with much support from the community; accomplishing minor miracles with local ingenuity and limited resources.

Local engineer Vaughan Mosher donated his time to design the original course and many volunteers helped build 9 holes, carved out of the bush, with sand greens, completely ready for play in 1962.

It was a parched affair, with rock hard clay fairways (and lots of real rocks) until, in 1960, the Club built a reservoir to catch overflow water from the Lister Water Works. The remains of that reservoir can be seen on the left side of #11 (#3 in the original design). Local teens of the day recall skinny dipping in the shallow warm water on hot August afternoons, when no one was about.

Grass greens were built in 1970-71. Holes #2,3,7,15,&16 still play on these original grass greens.

In 1982 the new clubhouse was built with 95% volunteer labor.

A professionally designed expansion to 18 holes happened in 1989-91, with a further re-design of holes #8 and #9 in 2006.

After many previous attempts to secure an adequate water supply, a major new system to the Goat River was completed in 2003, again with a great deal of local expertise and volunteer help.

As a visitor you may look forward to improvements every time you come to play.

For a more complete history of the Club and the contributions of local club members see “Out of Bounds, a History of Creston Golf Club in the 20th Century”, by local golfer Phil Thomas. “See also “the Postscript, 2000 – 2004, and the update “Visitors Welcome, 2005 – 2013”.


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