Retirees Invitational Results


Winning Team L to R: Cam Proctor, John Lattanzio, Jim Brinson, Mike Wagg

The 2017 Birchbank Retirees Invitational Tournament attracted players from Champion Lakes, Christina Lake, Castlegar, Granite Point, and Balfour for an 18 hole 4-man team event. Excellent early season course conditions and warmer temperature, followed by a great meal in the Bistro put smiles on the faces of all involved.

4-Man Team event results:
1st: Jim Birnson, Mike Wagg, John Lattanzio, Cam Proctor (Net 268)
2nd: Harvey Handley, Pat Picton, Lorne Babcock, Glenn Frie (Net 281)
3rd: John Kim, Ted Ryan, Terry Campeau, Alan Peterson (Net 283)
Closest to Pin: 
terry Campeau, Art O’Bryan, Reg Cherenko, Mike Wagg
Longest Putt: 
Tom Gawryletz, Alan Peterson
In addition to the regular 4-Man Team event, each club is represented by 4 players for the season long Inter-Club Low Net Team event. The next event in the series will be held June 8 in Castlegar.
Inter-Club Low Net Trophy Results:
1st: Birchbank (Net 70) (Dave Muir, Jim Park, Chris Vlanich, Wayne Weaver)
2nd: Castlegar (Net 71.5)

3rd: Christina Lake (Net 72.5)


CLICK ON THE LINK -> Invitational Scores

Welcome Back!

Welcome back JL Crowe Class of 1967

JLCroweIf you are out at the course this morning say hello to members of the Crowe Grad Class of 1967 who are in town celebrating with a round of golf at Birchbank Golf Course.





Welcome Back Senior Golfers

BirchbankFirstThursday morning at Birchbank Golf Course our Retirees Club hosts their Annual Invitational Tournament. Golfers from Balfour, Nelson, Castlegar, Champion Lakes, and Christina Lake join our retirees for an 18 hole shotgun start at 9 AM.

With the tees closed until just after lunch time, it is a perfect opportunity to visit our Pro Shop and test some of the new clubs, shop for some new golf shoes, try on the latest fashions or even spend some time on the practice range working on your short game.

2017 Birchbank Men’s Open Announced

The Birchbank Golf Course and I wish to invite you to participate in the 73rd Annual RT Birchbank Men’s Open, August 11th, 12th & 13th, 2017.

The RT Birchbank Men’s Open is the premier event in the Kootenay’s because of your continued support. The agenda for this year’s Open includes:

  • Dinners on Friday and Saturday. Complimentary breakfast one morning
  • Range pass for the weekend. Good Thursday thru Sunday
  • Practice round available on Thursday, 1/2 price green fee (call Pro Shop 250-693-2255)
  • Optional 2 man ‘Horserace’ on Thursday at 6:00 pm ($25.00 entry fee per person)
  • Optional Gross Skins games on Friday & Saturday with cash payouts
  • Net honey pot & deuce pot on Friday & Saturday
  • Gross and Net prizes in each flight
  • Seniors Division: age 50+ (Play from the White Tees 6000 yards)


We thank you for support of this event, and encourage you to return your entry form at your earliest convenience. The first 120 paid entrants will be accepted.
Professionals will be playing in the Championship Flight for gross scores. Winning professionals will receive equivalent value in cash in place of prizes.

Senior’s Division will be playing from the White tees with a yardage of 6000. The Senior’s Division will compete in their own flights, which will be based on the number of competitors.

Note: It is mandatory that all amateur competitors have a valid handicap.


Rob Drezdoff
Men’s Club Captain, Birchbank Golf
250-364-2028 or 250-364-1171


Retirees Opening Results

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Winning Team (L to R): J. Mohs, L. Brandt, P. Paterson, J. Kempston

Sixty eight Retirees braved a chilly start to the day and a rain shower to play in this year’s opening event. Following the conclusion of play everyone headed to the Bistro for a hot brunch smorg with a yummy dessert.

The team of Mohs, Brandt, Patterson, and Kempston took home top honors with a team score of 128, second place went to the team of McBride, Campbell, Baggio, and Keen with a score of 129, and third place went to the team of Handley, Larocque, Pasquali, and Karges at 130.

Closest to the pin winners: Keen, Muir, Paterson, Palmer
Long Putt winners: Parras, Swedburg

Birchbank Retirees host the Invitational Tournament May 18 — sign up in the Pro Shop (entry fee must be paid when signing up) Deadline is May 13.

Birchbank Retirees play every Thursday and new players are always welcome and you can get further information by emailing:

Deals, Deals, and Melting Snow

Membership Deals

It may not look like it today, but the start of 2017 season isn’t far off. If you have not purchased your 2017 membership then now is the time:


Single for only $1599.00
Couple for only $2790.00
Intermediate (20-29 yrs) for only $999.00

Remember you can use our monthly payment plan to buy your membership. Stop by the Pro Shop (M-F 9am-4pm) for details or call 250-693-2255.

Golf Ball Sale


Buy personalized Titleist PROV1 OR PROV1X — buy 3 dozen and get a 1 dozen FREE.


Buy personalized TaylorMade  TP5 and the TP5X — buy 3 dozen and get the 1 dozen FREE


Snow Disappearing

As of today, the course still has 5 inches of snow on 60% of the course but it is getting warmer and the snow will go quickly!

Committee Volunteers Needed

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Hello Members,

Believe it or not, we are getting closer to the course opening. With the 2017 season upon us, the Board will once again be looking for members to join various Committees. We are looking for representatives from the Ladies, Men’s and Retirees Clubs to join the: Course Committee (Brad Harding Chair), Building Committee (Tom Milne Chair) and Junior Committee (Pat Paterson Chair).  If you are interested in joining one or more of these Committees, please send an email to:


Rob Drezdoff

News From Our Course Superintendent

Note: You may not be aware that several of the products that were used in the past for keeping our fairways and greens it top condition are not longer allowed due to their harm to the surrounding ecosystem, so Mark has been doing extensive research into alternative products that are eco-friendly and effective.


Calling All Wood Stove Owners

The superintendent in Terrace BC has been using wood ash and composted material as a disease suppressant for a couple years now. The wood ash has some sort of fungicidal properties in it that has been shown to suppress their michrodochium patch during the season. If anybody has a wood stove and burns just clean wood, no garbage and they could save me their ash when they clean there stoves that would be great. You can contact me at the shop if you have some ash to donate.

Turf Care Blog

I have started a blog for the turf care department and will be updating it regularly with information of what is happening on the course and why we do certain procedures. It can be viewed at

2017 Board of Directors

Following the Annual General Meeting the Directors met to elect the Executive and  assign the various Committee Chairs.

President – Rob Drezdoff
1st Vice President – Brad Harding (Course Committee Chair)
2nd Vice President – Tom Milne (Building Committee Chair)
Sec-Treasurer – Mark Brown (Finance Committee Chair)
Derek Simister – Director (Men’s Club, Handicap Committee Chair)
Tom Gawryletz – Director
Kimba McLean – Director
Pat Paterson – Director (Junior Committee Chair)
Past President – Forrest Drinnan

GT Car Wash Tournament

A grey morning greeted a sold out field of 128 players as they got set to tee off in this year’s GT Car Wash – Birchbank Golf Membership Giveaway Tournament. A few drops of rain couldn’t dampen the teams as they were all here for the fun and friendship plus the chance to have their name drawn for a free 2017 Birchbank Golf membership.

The last name pulled and winner of the 2017 Birchbank Golf membership was Kyle Mace.

Thanks to everyone on our Bistro, Pro Shop and Grounds staffs for making the event possible, to Dennis & Margo for overseeing everything and to GT Car Wash for once again sponsoring this very popular event.