COMMONWEALTH CUP INFORMATION
The Commonwealth Cup golf tournament is an annual fundraising event with all proceeds going to United Way of Northern BC. The tournament is growing tremendously every year and is an event that not only Commonwealth Financial, but our entire community is proud of.
We are delighted to the charity of choice for the 12th Annual Commonwealth Cup Golf Tournament brought to you by HSJ Lawyers. The United Way is an umbrella organization that raises money and invests in over 500 local community programs and more than 200 organizations across Northern BC. We work closely with communities to determine their greatest needs and work with them in creating solutions.
Aberdeen Glen Golf Course is surely the north’s championship golf course. This fabulous public facility boasts a testy 7100 yards from the black tees and a tranquil 5500 yards from the front markers. The course is designed as a par 73 layout. Carved through the valleys and forest just north of Prince George’s city centre. Even the most experienced golfer will be impressed at this architectural masterpiece. The scenic beauty and the dramatic elevation changes ensures that you will have a memorable round. The most exciting is the spectacular signature hole #18. This outstanding par 4 stretches 455 yards where you tee off from a dramatic cliff-top towards the clubhouse below. This exciting newer golf facility is a must-play while in the Prince George area.
There is a general agreement that the Scots were the earliest of golf addicts but who actually invented the game is open to debate. We know that golf has existed for at least 500 years because James II of Scotland, in an act of Parliament dated March 6, 1457, had golf and football banned because these sports were interfering too much with archery practice sorely needed by the loyal defenders of the Scottish realm! It has been suggested that bored shepherds tending flocks of sheep near St. Andrews became adept at hitting rounded stones into rabbits holes with their wooden crooks. And so a legend that persists to this day was born!
Various forms of games resembling golf were played as early as the fourteenth century by sportsmen in Holland, Belgium and France as well as in Scotland. But it was a keen Scottish Baron, James VI, who brought the game to England when he succeeded to the English throne in 1603. For many years the game was played on rough terrain without proper greens, just crude holes cut into the ground where the surface was reasonably flat!
Early golfers played at the game for many years without any thought of forming a society or club until finally a group of Edinburgh golfers in 1744 formed a club called the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. At this time, the first rules of golf, 13 in all, were drawn up for an annual competition between sportsmen from any part of Great Britain and Ireland. A few years later the Society of St. Andrews Golfers was formed and in 1834, when King William IV became the Society’s patron, the title was changed to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.