Pointe West Golf Club celebrates 25th anniversary

 

Pointe West Golf Club superintendent Monte Anderson is presented with a plaque of appreciation by club member and former president Karen Bradie at the club’s 25th anniversary tournament wrap-up party Aug. 16. Anderson is an original Pointe West employee. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea

Pointe West Golf Club superintendent Monte Anderson is presented with a plaque of appreciation by club member and former president Karen Bradie at the club’s 25th anniversary tournament wrap-up party Aug. 16. Anderson is an original Pointe West employee. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea

Pointe West Golf Club mechanic Paul Brockman is presented with a plaque of appreciation by club member and former president Karen Bradie at the club’s 25th anniversary tournament wrap-up party Aug. 16. Brockman is an original Pointe West employee. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea

Pointe West Golf Club mechanic Paul Brockman is presented with a plaque of appreciation by club member and former president Karen Bradie at the club’s 25th anniversary tournament wrap-up party Aug. 16. Brockman is an original Pointe West employee. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea

By Adam D’Andrea

 

In a clubhouse that’s purpose was once served by a modest tent, Pointe West Golf Club celebrated 25 years of memories, friendship and golf last Saturday night.

The club celebrated their 25-year milestone with a tournament and wrap-up party Aug. 16. At the post-tournament party, club members and former presidents Karen and Andrew Bradie spoke about the ups and downs of Pointe West’s history.

“Generally, over the years it’s been a wonderful ride. Like any family we’ve had issues,” said Andrew, who was club president from 1993-95. “We’ve had bumps in the road, we’ve had controversy and we’ve managed to survive it all and we stand here today, collectively, 25 years later.”

Pointe West was largely the vision of contractor, sculptor and artist Louis Scodeller, who created a plaster model of the golf course he wanted to build on the property. He also took a trip to San Antonio where he looked at golf courses that had a subdivision element. Scodeller was able to convince the 10 investors he needed to make his dream a reality by using his plaster model and the research he obtained in San Antonio. The first nine holes opened on May 15, 1989.

“Of course if you wanted to play 18, you just went around the track twice,” said Karen, who became the club’s first female president in 2003 and presided until 2005. The back nine holes opened on Aug. 18, 1989 and the construction on the clubhouse finished in 1992, replacing the tent that acted as a clubhouse for the course’s first few years.

As part of the presentation on the course’s history, both Karen and Andrew discussed Pointe West’s inclusive membership policies that ensured people from all walks of life could feel comfortable at the club.

“Very significantly, Pointe West was founded on the principle of equality of sexes,” said Karen. “Women members were awarded full unrestricted privilege from the outset, unlike the policies prevalent at most private golf courses at that point in time.”

“There’s also never been a hint of snobbery in my view, or stuffiness, or elitism at Pointe West,” Andrew added. “We collectively have a passion for golf, and we have a passion for the camaraderie that goes with it.”

In addition to celebrating the club’s history, two original Pointe West employees were honoured at the party. Superintendent Monte Anderson and mechanic Paul Brockman were both recognized for their years of commitment to the course.

“Monte and his maintenance crew pride themselves on producing an exceptionally conditioned golf course groomed on a daily basis for the enjoyment of the members and their guests,” said Karen. “Paul has worked on the golf course, assisted with the building of the clubhouse and continues to work on all golf course equipment from the fairway machines to the club trucks.”

The first place team in the Pointe West 25th anniversary golf tournament consisted of Trevor Sharpe, Ken Hambleton, John Saffran and Mike Altenhof.

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