Founder – Esmond Lando, Q.C.
Surrey Golf Course was developed and built by Esmond Lando, Q.C. a Vancouver businessman, barrister, artist and community leader who loved to golf.
Surrey Golf Course
In the early 1970’s, Mr. Lando, as a solo entrepreneur and assisted by his brother, Harold Lando, built the Surrey Golf Course near Fry’s Corner in Surrey. A portion of the land was a dairy farm and portions, characterized as peat bog, were primarily used for duck hunting before becoming a golf course. The peat bog and wet conditions, created by a series of underground springs, constantly hampered course construction. After much hard work, the golf course was opened for play on July 8, 1971 followed by the opening of a Clubhouse in 1972.
In 1994 the clubhouse was renovated from 6,296 sq. ft to 8,872 sq. ft. with a 3,456 sq. ft. outside patio. The renovation updated the Golf Shop and the Coffee Shop, increased the size of the Banquet room, which now has the capability of holding up to 150 people and increased the size of the kitchen facilities.
Today, the 6,700 yard Championship lay out with it’s pleasant blend of trees, water hazards and bunkers is regarded as a good test of golf. Over the years the club has garnered a reputation of having excellent greens and offering the core golfer good value in golf and clubhouse amenities. It also has the longest par 5 in B.C. measuring 630 yards from the blue tees. In April 2015, REVS Entertainment Group acquired Surrey Golf Club. REVS is committed to continuing the tradition of providing great value by investing in the property and making Surrey Golf Club the best value for golf in Metro Vancouver.
Willows Nine at Surrey Golf Club
(renamed Willows Nine in 2001)
In answer to a need for a shorter course better suited to new players, juniors and seniors, The North Nine was opened in 1988. It measures 1983 yards in length with five par 3’s, three par 4’s, and one par 5. The course is reasonably priced and no reservations are required, one of the few remaining courses that still offer this option. The course has a good mix of trees (primarily willows), bunkers and water features and while a shorter course, accurate shot making is required to score well. The “Willows Nine” as it was renamed in 2001 to reflect the main character of the course (willow trees) is situated on 63 acres.
A new state of the art Turf Care Centre was constructed in 2000/2001 and officially opened March 22nd, 2001 and provides for all required needs for the care and maintenance of the golf courses.