Established in 1922, the original 9 hole Sandy Hook course was built by a consortium of Winnipeg businessmen and golf enthusiasts who had cottages on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Purchased by Moe Doyle shortly after World War II, it was expanded to its current 18 hole layout by his son 'Jumbo' Jimmy Doyle in the late 1980s, and clubhouse construction was completed in 1994.
The course is currently owned and operated by Jim's sons Byron and Pat.
The course, while not long, is heavily treed and has numerous water hazards. The key to playing Sandy Hook with any degree of success is accuracy off the tee. The course plays hard and fast, so mis-hit shots can run through the fairway into heavy bush. The greens are generally quite receptive to well-struck shots, and putt smooth and true.
All the water hazards are played as lateral hazards - proceed under the appropriate rule.
|"Jumbo" is pictured here after winning the 1975 Manitoba Amateur Championship.|
The current 18 hole Sandy Hook course was conceived of and built by Jimmy Doyle. During the course of his golf career, he represented Manitoba 11 times on the Manitoba Willingdon Cup team at the national championships. He won the Canadian Amateur Championship in 1968, when he defeated Ontario's Gary Cowan in the 36 hole matchplay final. That year Cowan was ranked the number one amateur golfer in the world by Golf Magazine. Jim is the only Manitoba golfer to have won the Manitoba Junior, Men's Amateur, and Senior Men's Championship. He also represented Canada at the 1968-69 World Amateur Golf Team Championship in Australia where he helped Canada to a third place finish. Jim passed away in the spring of 1991 while working on his beloved Sandy Hook Golf Course.
1951 Manitoba Junior Champion, Manitoba Junior Team member
1957 Saskatchewan Open Champion, Manitoba Open runner-up
1968 Canadian Amateur Champion
1968 Manitoba Male Athlete of the Year
1970 North Dakota State Open
1973 Manitoba Matchplay Champion
1975 Manitoba Amateur Champion
1989 Manitoba Senior Champion
1990 Manitoba Senior Champion
1995 Posthumous selection to the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame
2003 Posthumous induction to the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame (inaugural selection)
Five Manitoba Interclub Championships
Four provincial Father/Son Championships with son Pat
In 1983, Pat acheived the singular feat of capturing both the Manitoba Amateur Championship and the Manitoba Rural Amateur Championship. In 2006, Pat set the competitive course record at Sandy Hook when he shot a 61 in men's league play.
Pictured here is the Sandy Hook team which represented Manitoba at the International championship in Palm Springs, California in 1994 and 1995.
From left to right: Byron Doyle (course superintendent)
Richard Philpot (club professional)
Pat Doyle (club president)
Drew Doyle (club manager)
Michael Guertin (John Deere representative).