The origins of the Miskanaw Golf Club date back to 1966 and a meeting between representatives of the town and the Adult Vocational Training Centre(now Keyano College).
The AVC was prepared to undertake clearing for a golf course if the town agreed to be involvedand a suitable site was located. MacDonald Island was suggested as a location and aerial photographs of the topography were taken. The subsequently formed committee was given authority to proceed with an investigation for the use of MacDonald Island for a golf course.
In 1967 discussions occurred between the town, Athabasca Realty, and Great Canadian Oil Sands personnel interested in the course. The course began as a plan for a driving range and three holes on the town side of the dyke at the Snye, but this plan was never realized. During that same year Mr. John Lambert presented the board with a proposal for the use of MacDonald Island as a park and recreation area. AVC and GCOS would supply all equipment to clear the grounds for this purpose.
By 1968 the contour plans had been examined from the photography, the mapping had been done, and the physical features of the island were being examined. At the same time design work was being done for the golf course, and a proposal was put forward for the Island to be made available for sports and recreation. Over the course of three years there were approvals for land leases, development, and a club house. In 1972 a motion was passed that authorized the signing of the lease, and so the Miskanaw Golf Club was born.
Since that humble beginning in 1966 Miskanaw Golf Club has grown and evolved to become one of the premier golf courses in Alberta. A legacy that began over four decades ago continues to take shape on a lush golf course surrounded by boreal forest and under the sunshine of long northern summer days.