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Sandy Hook's 18-hole Hidden Gem

18-hole hidden gem

When a group of Winnipeg gentlemen decided to build a private nine-hole golf course in the early 1920s, it is unlikely they believed it would become the hidden gem in the Manitoba golf world it has in 2009. With club records dating back to 1922 for the Sandy Hook Ladies Golf Club meeting, (with coffee and Eaton’s cake costing less for those 20 to 30 ladies than your early morning coffee costs you today), we can only imagine the history and stories that lie untold over the past many years.

Built with all the components of old school golf, you must be able to control your ball and putt well to score well. Many have played here thinking that they could destroy their best score only to have “The Hook” keep them in check.

Sandy Hook Golf Club has seen many changes since the early 1920s when the Winnipeg gentlemen built the course for their own pleasure. In the 1970s the course was enlarged to an 18-hole golf course, designed and built with approximately 300 home sites among the golf property. This course was one of the first in Manitoba to have home sites incorporated into the design of the golf course with streets laid out among the 18 holes, providing golf course access to the residents.

Sandy Hook has been home to many talented players over the years. One such is “Jumbo” Jimmy Doyle, who won the Canadian Amateur Championship in 1968. Jumbo is the only Manitoban to have ever won the Manitoba Junior, Manitoba Men’s Amateur and Manitoba Senior Championships.

Jim’s son Pat Doyle, along with his brothers Byron and Drew now own and operate the Sandy Hook Golf Club. Pat won both the Manitoba Rural and the Manitoba Amateur Championship in 1983, the only golfer to have achieved this feat. In 2006, Pat also set the competitive course record at Sandy Hook, shooting a 61 in Men’s League play.

For all the golf fans out there the name Dan Halldorson is well known. Dan was named to both the Manitoban and Canadian Sports Halls of Fame and has played on the PGA Tour where he won two events. A little known fact is Dan Halldorson spent the first 14 years of his life growing up across the street from the Sandy Hook Golf Club and this is where he learned the fundamentals of the game. Home is where you make it and you could make it at one of the homes surrounding this Interlake golf course, nestled close to Lake Winnipeg, with its many mature trees providing a haven for you and your favourite pastime.

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