Southwood Golf & Country Club is busy preparing to be a host venue for the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
The club has been readying the course, facilities, and staff for this world-class event. Things like security, transportation, volunteers, and clubhouse services are already being put into place.
The course has a long history of holding large events, hosting both the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship and the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (now USports) University/College Championship in 2014.
The current course opened along the LaSalle River in 2011, however, the club itself is 122 years old, making it the oldest club with the newest course, said Jeff Scott, the General Manager of Southwood. The original course was located next to the University of Manitoba on Markham Road.
Canadian golf course architect, Thomas McBroom, designed Southwood. With five tee boxes and yardage ranging from 5,314 to 7,311, McBroom turned Southwood into a championship golf course that grows with golfers.
Southwood has a combination of hills and open spaces, giving it plenty of great vantage points for spectators. Those looking to watch the tournament can move around the course with ease or stay put and surround themselves with the action. Standing on the 10th hole permits a view of golfers playing the par 3 11th hole, putting on the 12th green, teeing off on n.13, and making approach shots on the 17th hole.
Scott is excited to showcase Southwood to both golfers and spectators.
“Being a private club, people don’t get the opportunity to see what Southwood has to offer,” Scott said. “[The Canada Summer Games] gives us the opportunity to show off the facilities, but also give back and make sure we are promoting golf in Manitoba.”
Catch all the birdies, eagles and maybe even an ultra-rare albatross August 8-11 during the Hottest Summer in Half a Century. Southwood Golf & Country Club (80 Rue des Ruines du Monastere) is just minutes outside the south perimeter and only 30 minutes from downtown Winnipeg.