The Waskesiui Golf Course was designed by the renowned Stanley Thompson and built by relief camp workers in the 1930s. The beautiful log and stone clubhouse, designed in “Tudor Rustic” style by the national parks architectural division, also dates to this time.
The annual golf tournament is named after the iconic tree which stands in the middle of the first fairway. A lobstick tree was used by aboriginal peoples as a marker or sign post. They cut it into a distinct shape by trimming branches off. The Lobstick tournament includes events for women, men, seniors, and juniors. Trophies in the clubhouse show the names of many excellent golfers.
Entertaining stories have come from this tournament including this one about a young woman golfer, Margaret (Esson) Elliott, told by her husband William Elliott in Waskesiu Memories Volume II edited by Dorell Taylor.
“…Margaret won the Ladies’ Tournament six times in 1938, 1940, 1944, 1945, 1946 and 1947. When she won it in 1938 she had just turned seventeen years old. Her golf history is quite remarkable for she won the senior provincial ladies’ championship for the first time in 1936 only six weeks after she turned fifteen years old. This is a Canadian record, for no woman has ever been a senior provincial champion anywhere in Canada at such a young age.”
History greets you at every turn in Waskesiu.
Around the townsite you will encounter signs marking heritage buildings and places of interest from the past. Use the links below the map to connect to archival photos, historical facts, and entertaining stories connected to that place.
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