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Golf Course at Brandon

Most cities and towns in Manitoba have a golf course either within their boundaries or nearby; Winnipeg has several. They range in quality and prestige from the Norwood Golf Course in Winnipeg, the Falcon Lake Golf Course, and the courses at Hecla Island and Riding Mountain National Park to rather primitive 9-hole courses in some of the towns of the dry southwest where water supply is a problem.

Golf courses are identified mainly on the basis of their shape; or more precisely the shape of individual holes with a long narrow fairway—usually light-toned because it is relatively dry—and a roughly circular green—usually dark-toned, because of dark green, well watered grass. The overall impression is fish like.

Shown on this photo is the City of Brandon Golf Course located on the south side of the eastward-flowing Assiniboine River 1 in the northwestern part of the city 2. The course is divided into two parts by a wooded cliff 3 with about half the holes located on low land near the river. These are frequently flooded in spring despite the construction of a dike on the south bank of the river 4 to try to protect them. Flooding still occurs as it did in 1996 when river water occupied an abandoned channel 5 to the west and then spread eastward. The holes above the river cliff 6, directly west of the clubhouse 7, are not affected.

North of the Assiniboine is Turtle Crossing which includes picnic and camping areas 8 as well as a circular swimming pool 9. In the light-toned cleared area to the east 10, there are now several baseball diamonds. People can reach Turtle Crossing either along the Grand Valley Road 11 or in the summer by a trail 12 that leads from a ferry that crosses the river 13.

Also of note on this photo are the following:

a) two abandoned river channels in addition to the one already mentioned. One, named Lake Percy 14, contains water and once extended further west 15. The other is partly covered by woodland—dark-toned 16—and partly cleared for agriculture—light-toned 17;

b) small plots of land 18 associated with the Agricultural Research Station—off the photo to the north; and

c) an existing railway line (Canadian Pacific) 19 with an abandoned line just south of it 20.

Figure 17.15

Golf Course at Brandon