Innisfail Golf and Country Club is first class

What a glorious day recently for the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Charity Golf Tournament at that first class facility, Innisfail Golf and Country Club.

This event draws entries from around the province, Calgary and Edmonton are always well represented. I spotted old sportscaster Ken Newans and former Flames GM Al Coates teeing it up.

I don’t usually mention my game, but it was so horrendous, imagine making only two shots in 18 holes of play.

But what the hay, still able to walk, talk and take in the beautiful scenery. My team of Vimal Pillay, GM, at the Ramada, Richard Charlton from Servus and Mark Poty of Venture Tax were perfect gentleman — not too much snickering or eye rolling after my shot.

The 27-hole Innisfail Golf Club is immaculate thanks to that super club superintendent Dwayne Simpson and his crew.

Those large undulating greens weren’t as fast as usual, probably due to the wet weather, but still so very tricky. Various fairway elevations, water hazards, fairly long par 5’s plus three distinctive and challenging nine holes make Innisfail a destination golf course


Green Fees, (Power cart and driving range included). Mondays – Thursdays $80; Fridays, weekends and holidays are $87.

Twilight rate $60.

Bookings after 6:30 a.m. no more than seven days in advance. Book online at

Chip Shots. This has nothing to do with golf, but it is sad to see the Travelaire building being torn down. Right now it is only half done and looks like it’s been hit by a bomb. So many Central Albertans, at one time or another worked at Travelaire whether it was full time, between careers or summer school breaks, and I believe it was one of Red Deer’s largest employers. You saw so many Travelaire trailers on the highway and you could always brag “Yeah they’re built right here in Red Deer.”