GREEN WITH ENVY
On June 8, two dozen or so Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club members were relishing in those ebbs and flows, as those participating in the bi-monthly men’s night tried to get 18 holes underfoot before the clouds closed in. Despite the gloomy skies, former head superintendent Brian Hill, who was playing in a group with Rich Bergen, wasn’t complaining. He told associate golf pro Troy Mills 2016 has been the best opening course conditions he’s seen in 40 years.
“The stars aligned,” Mills agreed. “When you get Mother Nature cooperating the grounds crew can do unbelievable things.”
All three architects—Thompson, who 91 years ago envisioned a world-class golf course where there existed only rock, trees and bog; MacKenzie, who called Jasper’s final hole “the best finish in the world of golf,”; and Andrew, who said he’d choose Jasper as the last 18 holes of his life—would have seconded that notion.
“There’s no greater experience in golf,” Andrew said.
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