Deer Park Golf Course is 100 years old, and the centennial kicked-off Friday with a brief ceremony at the course.
Mayor Mitch Hippsley and City Councillors, golfers, and several City of Yorkton staff to mark the celebration including unveiling a historical sign describing the history of Deer Park.
The golf course officially opened on May 24, 1921. The course started out with nine holes out of the proposed 18 and neither a clubhouse nor a pro shop had been built.
A granary was later moved on site and used as pro shop space.
In addition to the historic sign unveiling, Hippsley announced a few special opportunities available for the golfing public.
“Since the first round of golf at Deer Park took place on May 24, 1921, we are inviting people to golf like it’s 1921. On the 21st of each month, May through September, we will provide one round of golf for $10 to anyone wanting to golf that day”, said the Mayor.
“Anyone who participates in these special days will be able to put their name in a monthly draw for a basket of Deer Park Centennial merchandise valued at approximately $300.00”, he added.
All season passes will still be valid on those days and season pass holders will be automatically entered into an additional draw for a basket of Centennial merchandise.
Plans for a ‘Centennial Legacy Tree Project’ is in the works that will see multiple trees planted throughout the course, to help ensure it stays beautiful for another 100 years.
The Deer Park Golf Course has been a drawing card for the city since inception, and is one of the top ranked courses in the province. It is also the only one of all Yorktons’ recreational venues that consistently comes close to paying for its own operation.
The site is not only used by golfers, in winter cross country skiers enjoy trails maintained throughout the course by the Yorkton Cross Country Ski Club, and toboganners love the steep run into the ravine.
COVID-19 guidelines were followed for the event.