It took a ton of hard work and a lot of patience before the Granite Hills golf course finally became a reality.

The 18-hole layout near Lac du Bonnet, which was cut out of a forest, opened in August of 2007.

Elevated tees, huge greens and magnificent lakeshore views are what make the Les Furber designed course a must-play.

"Every year it gets better and better," said Gilles Gauthier who is part of the ownership group. "It looks fantastic."

"Different places you go golfing and then you come over here - the lake makes such a difference. You’re golfing and there are boats going by, and sometimes planes are flying over and landing in the water, it makes for beautiful scenery."

The lake comes into play on the par five third hole as well as four of the final five holes on the back nine.

The most spectacular view though is from the black tee on the par 4 14th hole.

"It was a par three so we made it a bit longer by blasting the rock and moving further back with the black tee on the rock so you can see the 13th hole," said Gauthier. "It's a beautiful hole, no doubt. Everybody is trying to drive the green from the white tees. It's a little bit tough but a lot of people do it. It's a nice hole."

"A lot of people play from the white tees but when they see the beautiful scenery from the blue and black tees, they want to hit a ball from the black," added Gauthier. "It's so much more higher and you’re looking at it from a different view. It’s just fantastic."

Gauthier and his crew spent five long years working on the golf course before it finally opened in the summer of 2007.

"It's gone by fast. We worked so hard at this golf course. We built it mostly in the winter time and it was cold. There were lots of trees to move and lots of roots and lots of rock. It was really rocky. We hauled dirt like you wouldn't believe. It was a challenge. It was tough but we got through it and we made it."

Traffic has been on the rise the past few years as more and more golfers decided to make the journey to Granite Hills.

It’s well worth the trip regardless if it’s a half-hour drive or a three-and-a-half hour jaunt.

"It's a little bit far to come from Winnipeg and they know there is a gravel road," said Gauthier. "They're working on it to make it an asphalt road soon. When they see the golf course they come back. They didn't know Granite Hills was that nice."

Gauthier says golfers who play the course for the first time and come off the 18th green are amazed that a golf course with so much elevation change, so much water and so many great holes, is right here in our province.

"They love the scenery. It's a nice golf course. The greens are tough but they love the scenery. It’s all about the scenery."


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SCOREBOARD

Saturday, October 21st

CFL
Toronto 29 Winnipeg 28
Edmonton at B.C., 9 p.m.

Manitoba Minor Football Association
Atom Semifinals
North Wpg 42 Eastman Raiders 12 

HTJHL
Springfield 2 Steinbach 1
Red River 6 Mitchell 3
St. Adolphe 11 Lorette 2

KJHL
St. Malo 11 Norway House 3

MJHL
Wpg Blues 6 OCN 5 (OT)
Selkirk 3 Swan Valley 1
Winkler 2 Dauphin 1
Waywayseecappo 8 Portage 1

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Showcase @ Portage
Eastman 4 Pembina Valley 1
Yellowhead 2 Wpg Thrashers 1
Brandon 5 Norman 4 (SO)
Wpg Bruins 5 Parkland 2
Southwest 4 Kenora 2
Wpg Wild 3 Central Plains 2

MFMHL
Eastman 2 Wpg Avros 0

WHL
Brandon 4 Victoria 2

AHL
Manitoba 4 Iowa 2

NHL
N.Y. Rangers 4 Nashville 2
Philadelphia 2 Edmonton 1
Tampa Bay 7 Pittsburgh 1
N.Y. Islanders 5 San Jose 3
Buffalo 5 Boston 4 (OT)
Ottawa 6 Toronto 3
Los Angeles 6 Columbus 4
Florida 4 Washington 1
Dallas 4 Carolina 3
Chicago at Arizona, 8 p.m.
Minnesota at Calgary, 9 p.m.
St. Louis at Vegas, 9:30 p.m.

Major League Baseball
American League
Championship Series
Houston 4 New York 0
(Astros win best of 7 series 4-3)

NBA
Toronto 128 Philadelphia 94
San Antonio 87 Chicago 77
Orlando 114 Cleveland 93
Memphis 111 Golden State 101
Miami 112 Indiana 108
Houston 107 Dallas 91
Detroit 111 New York 107
Milwaukee 113 Portland 110
Utah 96 Oklahoma City 87
Denver 96 Sacramento 79
Phoenix at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 22nd

MJHL
OCN at Steinbach, 7 p.m.
Neepawa at Portage, 6:30 p.m.
Winkler at Virden, 7 p.m.

KJHL
St. Malo at Norway House, 1:30 p.m.

MFMHL
Eastman vs Yellowhead
@ Mitchell, 11:55 a.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Showcase @ Portage
Parkland vs Norman, 12 p.m.
Wpg Bruins vs Kenora, 12:15 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Yellowhead, 2:30 p.m.
Brandon vs Wpg Thrashers, 2:30 p.m.
Central Plains vs Interlake, 5 p.m.
Southwest at Wpg Wild, 12:15 p.m.

NHL
Vancouver at Detroit, 6 p.m.

CFL
Hamilton at Montreal, 12 p.m.

NFL
Baltimore at Minnesota, 12 p.m.
New Orleans at Green Bay, 12 p.m.
N.Y. Jets at Miami, 12 p.m.
Carolina at Chicago, 12 p.m.
Arizona at L.A. Rams, 12 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 12 p.m.
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 12 p.m.
Tennessee at Cleveland, 12 p.m.
Dallas at San Francisco, 3:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 3:25 p.m.
Seattle at N.Y. Giants, 3:25 p.m.
Denver at L.A. Chargers, 3:25 p.m.
Atlanta at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

NBA
Atlanta at Brooklyn, 2:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m.
New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, 8:30 p.m.

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