One local golf club is definitely going to be back in the swing of things this season: The Pipestone Links Golf Course and RV Park.
Owned and operated by Al and Nelly Hendriks with their son Jack as general manager, the course is looking forward to a successful season once again under the management of the family who founded the course in 2004.
Jack took a few minutes Apr. 29 to talk about the course’s upcoming season. He said the Hendriks family is happy to be back operating the Pipestone Links, a course many people consider a “hidden gem” of local golf courses.
“That’s who we draw,” said Jack at the pro shop. “People trying to escape the busy city golf courses.”
He noted the relaxed atmosphere at the Pipestone Links belies the quality presentation at the course. “We’re true believers in customer service,” said Jack. “ We’re not the only golf course around.” He said the club tries to accommodate players and make people feel like they’re at home.
Just because it’s a comfortable atmosphere doesn’t mean the course is a cakewalk. Jack noted the Pipestone Links has a challenging set of holes, not built up but simply as nature intended. There are no sand traps but plenty of natural hazards, plus the signature hole, #5, with the green surrounded with water on three sides. Golfers will also enjoy the chipping area and putting green.
The Pipestone Links has a small pro shop stocked with supplies, plus a licensed snack area with washrooms and a banquet facility for functions.
The course also has an attached RV park.
Jack noted the owners are proud of the mature, natural and eco-friendly footprint of the course. He said the area is naturally treed, with some towering over 70 feet.
The icing on the cake is the natural beauty of the area, with wildlife like herons, beaver, deer and more appearing regularly.
Jack said the Hendriks family works to ensure their guests have fun at the Pipestone Links. “That’s what you come out here for,” he added.
Remember, now is a good time to register for league nights. Monday is mens, Wednesday is ladies and Friday is couples, all shotgun start. Call the course at 780-352-8788 for more info. The course is located off Highway #2A between Wetaskiwin and Millet. Watch for the sign.