The Gladstone Golf & Country Club is celebrating their 65th year in existence. To honour the occasion, the course is hosting its anniversary tournament this weekend.

Day one went down yesterday and saw Dennis Foster take home the trophy for the Male 50+ category, Delayne Evenson finished in the top spot in the Women's category, and restaurant manager at the course, Spike Foster, claimed the top prize for Male Under 50.

Spike talks about how nice it was to see everyone come out to Gladstone for the occasion.

"It's great because it's not just locals anymore. Everyone is hearing about our golf course and coming out to it," Foster explains. "People are hearing about it from the radio stations, and it's really nice to have people from all over Manitoba come and play at our course."

Foster describes what it's like to have things still running strong after 65 years of business.

"It's great. We've been through so many trials and tribulations over the last few years with COVID, floods, and this and that. The guys have got the course going in beautiful shape now," Foster continues. "We had the regular 65th-anniversary tournament (Saturday), and (Sunday) is going to a two-person alternate shot event."

The Clubhouse Steward has been working at the course for several years but has been playing on it for even longer. He outlines the growth he has seen in that time.

"When I first started, when I was really young, we used to have sand greens here," says Foster. "Now we have grass greens in, and we've had a lot of winter kill over the years, but this year, they've done an amazing job. The course is in immaculate shape compared to what it used to be. It's a real hidden gem."

Foster notes they had people come from as far as Winnipeg and Clear Lake just for the tournament. The entire Gladstone Golf & Country Club is proud to celebrate 65 years of business, and they hope to see 65 more.