50 Fantastic Years
1958 - 2008
Let's face it, no matter how much we appreciate the latest driver technology, bent-grass fairways or paved cart paths, a true golfer would trade it all for the magic and lore of history and tradition. Technology may allow us to move mountains of earth and transplant full-grown trees, but it can't replicate the mystique of knowing that people have enjoyed the view (and fretted the challenge) from the precipice of our 4th tee for over 50 years. Legendary amateurs like Jack Payne, Herb Carnegie and Carol Boyes mastered the same treacherous pin positions on 16 that we play today. And, let's leave it at "wild" when we describe the years and years of good times had in our venerable clubhouse.
We now have a state-of-the-art golf course, and a new clubhouse may be imminent, but the ghosts of golfers past, great shots and heart-breaking defeats, good times and great friendships are permanently etched into the fabric of Whitevale Golf Club.
To celebrate our 50th Anniversary in 2008, Charter Member and 9-time Club Champion, Bruce Brewer compiled a fascinating and comprehensive History of the Club, with the help of Past-President Walt Lemon and Carol Boyes (daughter of our founder, Jack Boyes).
Honouring Our Great Past
In June 2008, Whitevale Golf Club held a week-long celebration, including a past-members day and an elaborate Saturday Night Gala that was attended by more than 300 guests. The 50th Anniversary celebrations were a catalyst to launch the Club's Wall of Fame, where eight past members were honoured at the Saturday Night Gala and presented with plaques that now adorn the north wall in the Clubhouse dining room.
The 25th (1983) and 40th (1998) anniversary celebrations are remembered by many current members, but very little was recorded during those celebrations for the future. Fortunately, what does exist is now being captured and preserved for the inevitable 75 and 100 year celebrations.