Construction and Official Opening of Burnaby Mountain Golf Course
© City of Burnaby Archives, Robert Bailey. Photo ID 526-001-24, 33, 34, 38, 39
The club history now extends over 50 years. In September of 1965, The City of Burnaby started construction of the Burnaby Mountain Golf Course, its first municipal course, designed by the BC Sports Hall of Fame inductee Ernest (Ernie) Brown. Ernie was involved in designing over twenty golf courses, including Burnaby Mountain, Pender Harbour, and the Prince George Golf and Curling Club. In 1966 he was responsible for preparing Shaughnessy Golf Course for the Canadian Open.
Mayor Bob Prittie and the City of Burnaby officially opened the course in May of 1969 with some considerable fanfare. The plaque marking this event still stands just outside the course Bistro.
Not long after, the Burnaby Mountain Senior Men’s Golf Club was born. It all started with an idea. In the fall of 1969, while playing the newly opened golf course, Dick Allan, Alf Keel, Jock McNeil and Ben Sutherland envisioned the formation of a club for senior men. They approached the current pro who supported the idea as he recognized an opportunity to have some guaranteed tee times every Wednesday morning.
This forward thinking foursome then went to work to promote the idea of a senior’s club. Initiation fees were set at $15.00, and annual dues at $5.00. They were successful in getting the Club started as thirty Charter Members agreed to join.
J . McNeil
The first foursomes teed-off on April 1st, 1970, which was declared as Charter Day. It was the beginning of a long and still continuing tradition—the Senior Men’s Wednesday morning golf game. Gradually an organization was formed, rules developed and relationships built. None of this would have been possible, without the contributions of many gifted and dedicated volunteers.