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History of the EPGCC

It all began in 1989 after the downtown Petroleum Club extended privileges to members of the Edmonton Country Club while their clubhouse was being refurbished. This put club members in close contact with individuals whose primary summer activity was golf. It started some serious discussion about the possibility of the downtown Petroleum Club expanding its horizons by building a golf course and becoming more than just a social club. A preliminary meeting was held on May 29, 1989, that eventually led to the Edmonton Petroleum Golf & Country Club we have today.


"I took on the task of doing a feasibility study of having a golf club to work in conjunction with the downtown club. To substantiate the concept, there were waiting lists at all the private clubs in Edmonton. With that in mind, it seemed the opportune time to do this. There was a clientele out there that wanted to play golf and we thought that if we did it right, we should be able to make it fly. We consulted with Mark McCumber as to whether our plan was suitable, and if he could build the kind of golf course that we would want for a first-class facility. Within the year we had the property, and that was the birth of the Petroleum Club Golf Course. In all, I spent five years on the project, from the purchasing of the land to the grand opening". - John Wronko. President. 1988-89 

The marketing strategy for the new golf club included an incentive program to help bridge the two-year gap between the selling of golf memberships and the actual opening of the course. Board member Bernie Bradley was named the chairman of the golf committee. The board of governors approved several general principles regarding the golf course; a limit of 350 members, corporate memberships initially limited to 15, governors' approval required for all applications and shares could be sold upon approval of the board. By February 1991, the club had committed $740,000 to the course, including the cost of the land, and it was agreed that site preparation should begin. 

At the official opening of the golf course in September 1993, both business-social and golf members turned out in droves to see Mark McCumber strike the first drive to launch the course. 

"The design of the Edmonton Petroleum Club golf course is excellent and quite exceptional in that it challenges golfers at all levels of play. Depending on tee placements, the layout plays anywhere from 5000 to 7000 yards and as the course matures it will only improve. Our members take great pride in this golf course and so do I". - Brad Liptak, Golf Professional 1993-2007 

"During the time I was president, we changed the voting rights of the club. We moved from the position that only members who were in the petroleum industry could have a vote, to the position that anybody who paid full membership dues had a vote. That went a long way to ensuring that the golf membership had a say. Now there was a Board for the golf club and there is a board for the downtown club, and I think that the realization is now starting to come that the combination of clubs is good for both. Each one benefits significantly from that relationship". - Don Savard. President. 1995-96

In 1996 the membership voted 76% in favour of building a new clubhouse for the golf club. The cost of the clubhouse was subsequently estimated at $1.4 million. To proceed with the building, the club negotiated its financing with the Royal Bank; subsequently, dues in 1998 were increased by five percent to offset the interest payment on the loan. Construction was started in October 1997 under the capable supervision of building committee chairman Gordon Salembier. In 1997 the club began to focus on drawing younger members. To that end, members' sons and daughters under the age of 35 were invited to join with no entrance fees. Before the opening of the 1998 season, golf memberships would climb to 215.  

In 2003, the amalgamated relationship between the downtown Petroleum Club and the Edmonton Petroleum Golf & Country Club ceased to exist. They became two separate entities, and the Edmonton Petroleum Golf & Country Club stood on its own.