About the Club
The Fernie Golf Club was opened in 1918. Noted for its majestic mountain setting and playability, this golf course has something to offer for both the low handicap player and beginner alike. With luscious greens, silica sand bunkers, varied terrain and a stunning view of the Rocky Mountains, the golf course is a players dream. This par 70 course plays 6,556 yards long from the back tees. Rated in the top 25 of BC’s courses you won’t want to miss this one on your next golf getaway!
The Fernie Golf Club has a full Pro-Shop staffed by PGA of Canada Professionals who will address your every need.
“This is definitely one of the most beautiful courses I have ever played. The physical setting is striking, with high mountains visible in all directions. Wildlife included a large fox running across the second fairway, and a wide variety of fowl. Cart paths often go through wooded areas for additional aesthetic charm. The course is challenging, without being daunting for a mid- to high-handicapper. The scorecards suggest which tees are appropriate for different ranges of handicaps, and our foursome found those recommendations quite accurate. Water comes into play on several holes, either lying alongside fairways, or crossing between tee boxes and the greens on some par-3’s. The course was well groomed, greens in good condition, and rough long enough to pose a challenge without making errant shots impossible to recover from. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. While I am sensitive to Canadian feelings on the matter, I also cannot fail to mention that the current exchange rate makes play in Canada a great bargain as well. All in all, playing at Fernie was an extremely pleasant experience.”
– Marv Slind, Moscow, Idaho, USA
About the Logo
The image used for the Fernie Golf Club logo is surrounded by myth. During the summer, in the evening a ghostly image appears on the rock face of Mt Hosmer that faces the golf course. The image depicts a rider on a horse and another individual to the side. The identities of the individuals in the image are still up for debate, but there is no doubt that the image itself is one of a kind.
Appropriate golf attire must be worn at all times as defined below:
Shirts must have sleeves or collar or both. (No rude or crude messages, no halter tops, muscle shirts or bathing suit attire.)
The Fernie Golf Club – 1918-2018
The first home of the Fernie Golf Club course, which started in 1918, lay in the area of today’s soccer fields in Prentice Park. The Crow’s Nest Pass Coal Company supplied the land for the first holes with additional funding generated through donations, membership fees, and fundraisers. The early success of the club, as it remains today, is largely attributable to the hard work of its volunteer members.
The 1918 course had only a few holes but by 1921, there were a further nine, also located on coal company land. The layout of new holes continued to move the course north of the town and a clubhouse, reclaimed from a nearby sawmill, was moved to where the present golf cart house is located. Club members played on grass fairways that were maintained with a horse-drawn roller. This presented some challenges for the club when the horse ran away and the club owed $100 to the owner. The horse was eventually recovered and the club continued to grow and expand.
The original greens were made from different mixes of sand, sawdust and used oil, collected from local garages. The greens keeper’s job would be to get the mix just right so a golfer could predict his putting speed. The club consistently employed a greens keeper from the early years. One of the first greens keeper Andrew Lees was paid $100 a year in 1927 and lived in the clubhouse rent-free. In the hard times of the 1930s, the club could only afford to pay the greens keeper $70 a year.
The Fernie Golf Club, which joined forces with the local tennis club, was renamed the Fernie Golf and Country Club in 1928. The same year, the Ladies Club, which had been active since the early days also joined the larger organization and became a strong force organizing events and tournaments.
From the 1930s into the 1950s, the club struggled to maintain operations from year to year and had to develop creative ways to pay unforeseen expenses. In 1942, the old worn tractor, used for untold maintenance tasks, broke down. Faced with a lack of funds to fix or replace it, club members were asked to prepay upwards of $10 of their membership fees for the next season, in hopes of raising enough money. Many members stepped up, and along with the agreement of the coal company to forego that year’s property rental fee of $300, a used tractor was purchased and the season carried on.
The clubhouse was the center of social activities for club members, with Ladies Club members inviting guests to tea to show-off the club’s amenities and golfers meeting for post-game libations. At the 1936 AGM, House Committee chairman Mr. Stewart reported that the clubhouse “had been run very satisfactorily, the house not having been visited by the red coats during the season”.
In 1968, the construction and planting of new grass greens began and other course upgrades took place including piping for underground sprinkling systems and realigning holes. A few years later in 1972, a new clubhouse, with a pro shop and maintenance building, was built at the end of 2nd Avenue.
As the 1980s arrived, club members started dreaming about 18 holes. With the generous help of local industry, government grants and a bank loan, members were golfing on one of the most beautiful and majestic courses in the province by early 1986. A few years later the present clubhouse, maintenance building and golf cart house were added to complete the outstanding facilities. Now, no longer a true country club, the name of the organizations has returned to its roots as the Fernie Golf Club.
100 Year Celebration
Since 1918, the golf course has been a spectacular amenity that both residents and visitors alike have cherished through the years. To honour this long history and to celebrate the people who helped create this treasured community asset, the Fernie Golf Club will play host to a weeklong centennial celebration from July 3-7, 2018.
The 100 Year Celebration was a great success. Here are some photos of happy faces courtesy of Dave O’Haire.
Fernie Golf & Country Club has joined the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System of Canada (ACSSC), an international program designed to help land-owners preserve and enhance the environmental quality of our property. The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses is coordinated by the ACSSC and is sponsored in part by the Royal Canadian Golf Association.
Fernie Golf Club Map
March Pro Shop Hours
Monday to Friday
10 AM to 4 PM
All 2018 Clothing on Sale.
All Previous Years Equipment Clearance Priced, Including Ex-Demos.
Our Pro Shop is a full service operation to look after all your golfing needs. We offer equipment, clothing, footwear, gloves, logoed merchandise and many accessories to help you get the most out of your game.
If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for in the shop, we are able to custom order merchandise from any supplier and offer competitive pricing.
We appreciate when you shop local.
Here are a few of the great brands we’ve carried for years;
New to the Fernie Golf Club pro shop in 2018
Fernie Golf Club Professional Staff:
Max Sherwood, General Manager/PGA of Canada Head Professional
Kenny Maki, PGA of Canada Associate Professional