Wyndance Golf Club
On its Website you can read that: «Wyndance Golf Club holds the distinction of being the only course in Canada designed by the legendary Greg Norman. Norman, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, crafted a masterful routing through and around a former sand and gravel pit to create a breathtaking masterpiece. Wyndance was named runner-up by Golf Digest as best new course in Canada in 2008».
Inaugurated in September 2007, this 27-hole golf course presented quite a challenge for NMP. The sand found in this former pit was extremely silty and became a muddy mass when it rained. Contrary to «good sand» which lets water run through, this silty sand retained water and took a long time to dry. How to solve this problem? By putting good sand over the muddy sand, a
terrain less prone to compactness was created, thus better drainage and less subject to diseases.
Tons of sand were required because Greg Norman had designed deep and numerous bunkers to challenge all golfers alike. Not surprisingly this great golfer thrives on challenges and has succeeded in business with his Great White Shark Enterprises. You can read about his experiences in The Way of the Shark.
Other challenges were encountered from stabilizing the former sand and gravel pit walls, to drying out the terrain and making large pools of water disappear, all while avoiding contamination of the water table.
TESTIMONY : Jake Riekstins, Superintendant, Wyndance Golf Club
To have come out here and say we need to keep all the native plant material, we need to keep the pit walls, we need to retain the integrity of what we have here and not forget that it’s a gravel pit and work that into the design is great for us because it gives us a unique product.
TESTIMONY : Susan Fedorka
They’ve been very very careful to make sure that all of the plantings are native to this area not just to the province but to this specific area, they’ve incorporated drought tolerant plants so that over the years our use of water will be diminished.