Pigeon Lake Ice Golf puts Christmas trees to work

Organizers say popular event uses recycled trees for winter golf event

The Pigeon Lake Ice Golf tourney uses recycled Xmas trees.

Regular Pipestone Flyer readers remember the newspaper had some great advice a few weeks ago for families finding a permanent place for their Christmas tree. Well, a great winter sporting event in Pigeon lake area has more advice.

Steve Richards, chair of the committee for the Pigeon Lake Chamber Ice Golf Tournament, said the event uses recycled Christmas trees.

“We use a great number of used/recycled Christmas trees for the ice golf tournament itself,” noted Richards in an email.

“It is great that these trees get a second use, so to speak, for a great community building and fundraising event in it’s twenty-first year hosted at Mulhurst.

“It has always been an ongoing struggle to source and retrieve enough for each years event. This year has been no different with the tournament requiring around 150 trees for our expanded 27 hole course.”

Richards said several individuals and businesses have pitched in to help.

“The extra help of Dale Unland, Darrel Bohlender, Garth Moodie, Canadian Tire Wetaskiwin, which donated unsold trees, the Wetaskiwin recycling centre, the Town of Millet and the Leduc recycling centre has made things quite a bit easier,” stated Richards.

“Being able to go to three locations and pick-up significant numbers of trees at once has lessoned the work required substantially.

“Thank you to all of those people that have dropped off their trees at the recycling centres. They will get a second life and get put to good use and for those wondering who were those nuts loading up old Christmas trees. Now you know.”

The 21st annual Ice Golf nine-hole Texas scramble on the ice will be held Saturday, Mar. 21 with a St. Patrick’s Day theme this year. Organizers have a $10,000 hole-in-one contest, prizes, refreshments, bonfire, on-ice games, a silent auction, banquet with live entertainment and more.

Tickets are $65 per person plus tax and include golf and dinner.

More information, including ticket locations, visit their Facebook page, “Ice Golf Tournament,” or one their website, www.icegolf.ca. Watch The Pipestone Flyer for more ice golf coverage.