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Aug 11, 2009 by Lee Hart

Retired grain farmer sows golf course plans

Old farmers never die. Some may slow down, or in Ted
Shipley’s case, the now-retired, long time Glenwood-Alberta area farmer, is
finally realizing a long-shelved plan to turn about 100 acres of river bottom
land along the Waterton River into a RV-campground and golf course.

 Shipley, who is a confessed snowbird who heads for Arizona
“as soon as I see the first snow flake” broke ground this May on a long-planned
development about 30 kilometres south of Fort Macleod, on the secondary road
known as the Blue Trail.

 He has 30 campsites that he’ll rent out yearly already
developed, another 30 in the works, and he’s working with a golf course
designer from the Henderson Lake Golf Club in Lethbridge to design a pretty
little nine-hole course on a curved flat that borders the meandering Waterton
River.

 RV sites, the size of city lots (90 x 110 feet), nestled in
the towering cottonwoods, will rent for $1,000 per year ($1,500 for river
frontage). Bring your own power and Shipley will have mobile water and sewer
services available.

 He’s ordered the grass seed, and with a little Cat work the
recently-tilled golf course should be laid out and seeded this fall. On the
upper bench above the golf course/campground development he’s built a small
driving range, with an aged John Deere combine at the 250 yard mark. It doesn’t
appear there is any prize for hitting the combine with a good drive, other than
bragging rights that you can hit a golf ball further than the Henderson Lake
pro.

 When the golf game is over you can always just rest in the
shaded campground or go fishing for trophy trout in the Waterton River, and
there’s also a nice beach area near a deep pool for swimming.

 The Blue Trail RV Park/SunShadow Golf Course will be fully
open for business in 2010.  You can
get more details by emailing Shipley at: [email protected]
or visit his website at: www.bluetrailrv.com

 When asked if having his own golf course was a long-time
dream of an avid golfer, the jovial Shipley joked “I’ve never golfed and probably never
will, but I do like money.”

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Lee Hart

Lee Hart


Lee Hart is a long-time farm writer, and honorary member of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists, with many observations on the agriculture industry, who never hesitates to admit he is wrong (should that ever happen.)


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