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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Tueidny, July ?5, 1971 lly llrrnld Stuff Writers (Herald slnff writers were nil assigned to cover various aspects of the Lethbridge aJid District Exlu'bilion, and offer the following comments or. Whoop-Up Days as a re- view. The intention is to point out Haws which could be re- paired; not mentioned are the numerous positive contri- butions the fair makns to the city.) Letlibridge floats in the Whoop-Up Days parade were almost as scarce as hens' teeth? Couldn't local entries be encouraged? "You take out the djstrict floats, and you haven't got too much parade marshall Cleve Hill told one reporter. He said the same is true of most other major parades. Whoop-Up Days is advertised as being a six-day show. Wrong. For the best psrt of two days for the past two or more years. Henderson Lake Golf Course one of many excellent south links Southern Alberta is golfers' delight Bv RON however. We tried ind RICHARD rate them according tto diffi- Herald Staff and rather than using as a gauge, looked to Sand or grass. Spear things as pin placements, or pine trees. Lakes or (both natural and man- tion canals. Flat prairie or hole length and rough ler-coaster foothills. You find them all by playing the 15 golf courses in southern golf is a popular recreation activity and a chance ta. We did, or at least most indulge in the pleasures of the outdoors, we also consider- them, in a little over a cost and esthetic points. The weather and the started at home with the were similar not so 71, yard Henderson But the courses were lavoul. Slicers beware offering infinite variety the course, at least on the numerous challenges. One of the challenges nine. Holes two through 11, in fact, offer out-of-bounds (Richard) faced was overcoming the seven strokes I spotted my fellow hacker, Ron hedges, irrigation canals, the lake and the Nikka Yuko Centennial Garden well. After five rounds, It was a saw-off, but I think Ron will hesitatingly accept the title of lupreme duffer. Course challenges are exception, the greens are large and well-trapped with sand. Take your driver with you on number 11 not for reaching the green, but maybe putting on the largest green southern Alberta. j holes which can cause ..CHIEF MOUNTAIN. most trouble are No. 6, par 5, No. 10 and No. 16, both par The par four ninth be made par five in a 9 SODDING BftMSBtf [f esthetic appreciation Is VINYL COVERED CHAIN WIRE subjective, ignore our partiality when we lean toward For Mora lake as the most beautiful Conlacf D. CRAIG PORTER lithbridgB Ph. course. The well kept fairways and greens add to the pastoral setting. NEW OFFICE Monday thru Saturday inclusive a.m. lo Dn. C. A. Palmer R. Fabbi A. 407 5lk ST. S. IETHBRIDGE PHONE Green fees are 52.50 for nine holes and for 18 during the week. Weekends, nine holes can still be played for but IB costs 55. So we wouldn't look too bad we took our lowest scores at the Lake: Caldwell 51-51 Burke 39-47-86. The Waterton Lakes Golf Course, located about four miles inside the park gates, re- quires a lot of stamina and strong legs. The 18-hole course features yards of hills, wild rough and numerous fairway cen- tred directional flags. Par for the course is 71. The course is well kept, al- though the day we played the first eight greens had not been cut and were extremely slow. The greens are large, but there is little evidence of sand traps around to keep you from reach- ing them. The directional flags are nec- essary to point the way, usual- ly after the tee shot, to the often-hidden greens. Hills are the hiders. Ball finding Is extremely difficult in the roughs. The par five second hole, 486 yavds long, is perhaps the most difficult with the par four 15th and par three 17th not far be- hind. Approaching the eighth green offers the most picturesque golf course sight in southern Alberta. The green is bordered by a small hill and back by a mountain. Lots of trees and a small lake add to the beauty of the layout. Green fees are a flat pay- ATTENTION FARMERS! WE HAVE A COMPLETE STOCK OF ALL GRANARY MATERIALS FIR DIMENSION ROLL ROOFING SHINGLES PLYWOOD See Our Stock And Check Our Prices Before You Build LIMITED QUANTITY WEATHERPLY GRADE PLYWOOD SHEATHING SIZE 4' x 8' PER SHEET ADVANCE LUMBER CO. LTD. "YOUR PIONEER LUMBER DEALER SINCE 1925" Corner 13th Street and 2nd Avenue, South, Lethbridge Phone 328-3301 able to the Receiver-General of Canada. The scores: Caldwell 55- Burke The Raymond Golf Course, located just east of the town on Highway 52, has been in oper- ation for only four years. The nine holes are spread over yards and to shoot with the pros would take you 34 strokes. The most notable feature Is the extremely wide fairways, but that doesn't stop you from getting into trouble. An irrigation dilch is a haz- ard, running down the centre of the course from the third to the seventh holes. The fair- ways generally slope toward the running water. The greens are small, but well kept. It takes an accurate shot for the ball to hold. The club has 75 members from Lethbridge. A family membership there costs per year. Green fees are weekdays and weekends. The course is Ideal for the shorter hitter. The scores; Caldwell 51; Burke 54. Taber held the most pleasant surprise of all the southern Al- berta courses. It is situated west of the new sports com- plex, just off Highway 3. The course, measuring about yards for nine holes, was seeded in 1970 and is in only its second year of use. The course condition exceptional. Par is a difficult 36. The dif- ficulty comes with the numer- ous water hazards and out-of- bounds markers. The most interesting hole is the 400-yard fourth, which takes a sharp dog-leg around a small lake. The turn is only 166 yards out from the tee box and about 200 yards out is an out-of- bounds fence'. The greens are a good size with no sand traps. Green fees are for a day ticket and SI.50 for nine holes after 6 p.m. The scores: Caldwell 50; Burke 46 The Picture Butte Golf Course gave us our first exper- ience with sand greens. The course is just east of ShaughBsssy, about a half-mile south of Highway 25. Par is 36 over the yard links. A recently-installed sprinkler system should improve the shape of the fairways consider- ably. The sand greens are uni- formly small with the pins centred. They hold extremely well. Green fees are paid by the j honor system. Envelopes are I provided at the club house into j which you insert your dollar. The scores: Caldwell 55; Burke 45. The Lelhbridgc Country Club is a picturesque nine hole course on the banks of the Old- man River. The par live first hole can be birdied without much difficulty, but two large trees plunked in the middle of the fairway, plus a green wilh as many rolls as it has blades of grass make the second hole one of the most difficult. The third and fourth holes shouldn't present much of a problem but things can really start lo get tough on the fifth, a narrow fairway with high banks on each side and a blind green. The sixth hole is easily the most difficult on the course and also one of the hardest of any hole on any course to par. The 500 yard plus fairway dips to a gully about 220 yards out and if you hook or slice your drive, a par is virtually impossible. Its all uphill the rest of the way to an elevated green. The seventh, eighth and ninth holes shouldn't create much difficulty as long as you stay away from the hook. Since it is a private club, members get first preference but outsiders can play by pay- ing the green fees of S3.50 for nine holes or for 18 holes. Caldwell 51; Burke 50. The par 34, 3045 yard iay- out in Magrath is one of the better nine-hole courses In the area. Trouble can occur right at the start because of the ele- vated green on the 300-yard first hole. The green is small and is perched on the side of a hill, and an accurate shot is required to get the ball onto the green and keep it there. The remaining holes should- n't be too difficult, but a slice can get you inlo trouble on every one. The 505-yard fifth hole Is probably the toughest because of the blind green and a sharp dogleg to the right. The 328- yard eighth is somewhat the same, even a slight slice will cost you two strokes. The course has five par fours, two par fives and two par threes. Caldwell 55; Burke 50. New phone books out Alberta Government Tele- phones has begun distribution of its 1972-1973 telephone direc- tories. A spokesman said Lclhbridije and district books will dislribulcd over a 10- day period. Distribution Is to lie complet- ed by Aug. 3, and anyone miss- ed may contact Ihe local AGT business office to receive one free of charge. The book becomes effeclive Aug. 6. Fort Macleod is another of the sand green courses. The fairways on the first four holes are quite rough, hut they improve on the last five. The greens are small and fast, resulting in a lot of shots skip- ping over the green when they should hold. The yard course has five par fours, two par threes and two par fives for a total of 36. The green fee is SI and Ihe course operates on the honor system. Caldwell CO; Burke 48. The Bridge Valley par three course in Lethbridge is a pleas- ant change from the rigors of the larger courses. The fair- ways and greens are all well- kept and lost halls are a rarity. Richard is a rarity too, be- cause he lost a If any hole was to be classed as it would prob- ably have to be the sixth, the shortest on the course at 100 yards. The length is what makes it difficult because it's a loss up whether to drive wilh a nine iron or a putter. The course is 1.310 yards long nml par Is 27. It cosls lo nlny during Uic ami SI.50 on weekends nnd holidays. Clubs can be renlcd for 50 ccnls. Cnldwcll 41; Burke 34. All In all, southern Alberta Is a pretty Rood place to he if you arc a golfer. Courses arc spread throughout the entire nrco and they all hove their own spccinl characteristics and challenges. Whoop-Up Days revisited rides on the midway were miss- ing and not set up. Games of chance, be it as they may, had not been set up cither. The excuse that the mid- way has to travel from Saska- toon is of no use to people who pay good money for tilings that aren't there. Thomas Shows is committed to a six-day show, and it is about time they were held to that commitment, or else entry fees to the grounds reduced. There seemed to be too many "get rich quick" hustlers on the midway and if their operations were classed as legal (or at least, not illegal) by the courts. Perhaps if so much money must change hards In gambling games in which the odds heavily favor the management, the games could be set up by local service clubs so that the money would at least stay in southern Alberta. The three day grandstand show offered sometliing for the country and western music lov- ers and the gospel music lov- ers, but nothing at all for the considerable number of olher people in southern Alberta particularly the undcr-30s. Groups appealing to the for- gotten sectors of the entertainment of a more gen- eral type such as Indian danc- ers might be more to the point. Whoop-Up Days emphasizes its western "whoop-up" flavor, yet it has few cowboys (except for the rodeo) and no Indians. Could the Blood or Peigan In- dians be contracted to provide a small Indian village as is done at the Calgary Stampede? This would also provide par- ticipation for a large part of southern Alberta's native popu- lation: the Blood reserve is the largest Indian reserve in Can- ada. More information needed The kiddies' zoo had too few animals, and those which there were were not explained. Place of origin, food needs, average life would make the zoo more interesting and educational. And in cases [ike that of the ophar.ed fawn, it would help to explain to a concerned public that the moth- er was fawn was not "taken away from its mother too young." Prices were somewhat high, which left a bad. impression on many people. Candy floss was 30 cents for example, whereas at the much-larger Cal g a r y Stampede it was only 25 And 75 cents for some rides war far too much, particularly for the younger fairgoers. The midway ride ticket book- let system may look good on the surface, but can also be a real rip-off. One 35-cent ride cost three tickets instead: at eight for a dollar, that's cents per 36Vi cents for a 35-cent ride. A large, centrally located sign or two with a map and the day's and week's schedule would certainly help fairgoers to better understand what was available to them. i The sooner the area directly in front of the grandstand is paved, the better. The incon- venience it causes people, es- pecially this year with all the rain, could start keeping pat- rons away. And what about paved walkways through the midway? Some of the grounds at the fair were unnecessarily wet. It took only a few minutes to spray wood chips where they were used, to cover the mud and save dirty shoes. But why not use them everywhere when it rains? The almost utter lack of com- mercial and industrial booths at the exhibition was appalling. Why? Are the rer.ts too high, the selling job tco poor or the interest in showing southern Al- berta what's available com- pletely lacking? t The so-called "beer garden" was nothing more than an open- air beer parlor, with a soggy atmosphere. Why couldn't a theme such as be used? Or some sort of Euro- pean sidewalk cafe? Or a Jap- anese motif? Or, an old-west "Whoop-Up Saloon" as mention- ed fleelingly in promotion mat- erial? Gaeity, songs and dancing were totally discouraged by the poisonously bland atmosphere of the place, which resulted in only two purposes of use for the place: get (sort of) out of the rain, and get absolutely plas- tered. Without the rain, it would have served one purpose. For the family (it was boost- ed as a "family" spot) there was beer or pop or nothing at all. Downtown publicity poor The downtown merchants decorated their businesses in a few cases, and provided some downtown street entertainment, but where was the advertising? Not one business seemed to take any real notice of Whoop- Up Days in its regular news media advertising, much less publicize the downtown activi- ties. There were almost no outdoor benches for people watchers to sit on in the fairgrounds. Many people enjoy this have paid their admission to do so. The only places generally available to sit were in the con- cessions, where it was also ne- cessary to buy some food for the privilege, at fairgrounds- inflated prices. Tn addition to no Indians at the fair, there were no red- coaled Mounties. And after all, Whoop-Up comes from a lu's- toric southern Alberta name linked closely with the Moun- ties, the the fur and whiskey traders, who are not mentioned either. A public relations booth could have been set up to provide in- formation on various southern Alberta events and tour i s t spots. In place of the this year non- existent livestock display, could a model farm and farmyard be set up somewhere on the grounds? Only a fanner could love rows of animals, but the city slicker might enjoy a trip to the farm. Many people enjoy listening to bands; yet only on Monday (traditionally the day of poor- est fair attendance) were there any bands performing at the exhibition. There are many local and district bands; instead ot hear- ing them, however, all that was provided was canned and tinny music. In the past few years one of Ihe most popular youth activi- ties has been the coffeehouse; lor some reason there Tvasn't one this year to the disap- pointment of several thousand city youths, for whom there was absolutely nothing extra available (adults had the beer garden and The fabulous at the lowest price ever! Dollars DO buy what they used to... and can prove itwilh this fabulous Fashionmate" Sewing Machine. Zig-zag your way into a brand new wardrobe. It's so easy wilh the Fashionmate's front drop-in bobbin, one-way needle insertion, easy needlG threading and three needle positions. 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