In July l, 1977, the first 9 holes of the golf course opened. Two sheds with a deck became the first pro-shop. Bud Loftus became the golf professional and with his wife Pidge they operated the pro-shop. It has been rumored that Pidge did a little bootlegging from this rustic and make-shift pro-shop. In April of 1979, the restaurant and pro-shop opened in its present location and a driving range was added.
The golf course continued to grow. More land was bought and another nine holes was added, opening in the latter part of March 1993. Norm Woods, a builder of over 250 courses throughout the world, was hired for the final touches of our first 9 holes and Warren Radomsky, who did much of the designing and finishing touches for Les Furber, was hired to build the second nine. Shuswap Lake Estates now had a Championship 18 hole Golf Course.
Just before the second nine opened there was an unfortunate fire in the restaurant. It was believed to have been caused by a discarded cigarette into a garbage can smoldering for hours that caused the garbage to break into flames. The fire spread to the floor above and eventually to the kitchen. Gratefully the volunteer fire department did an excellent job of preventing the fire from spreading to the pro-shop and the lounge. Thankfully, several years earlier, Jack had the insight and kindness to donate the land and to build a fire station for the local Fire Department right on the Estates.
In the late ‘90s, Wendy Barker, Jack’s daughter, joined the golf course team. Wendy operated the facility up until 2021 when she retired and sold the golf course to its current owners.