The City of Brantford proudly renamed the Northridge Municipal Golf Course as the Walter Gretzky Municipal Golf Course, Banquet and Learning Centre on Friday, December 18, 2020. And to mark the well-deserved occasion, unveiled the new logo honouring one of Branford’s most beloved citizens and supporters.
The new Walter Gretzky Golf Course logo, unveiled by Walter and his sons Glen, Keith and Brent at their family home in Brantford features a silhouette of a father and son/coach and student on the golf course, appropriately depicting Walter’s altruistic spirit and commitment to mentoring future leaders of the game. Beginning in the 2021 golf season, the new logo will be used on all official course signage and merchandise.
Affectionately known as the world’s most famous hockey Dad, in his hometown of Brantford, Ontario, Walter Gretzky is known as a beloved neighbour and member of the community who has selflessly dedicated countless hours to coaching youth and supporting local charities. Walter is also known for his passion for golf with the first-ever Walter Gretzky CNIB Golf Tournament held in Brantford in1995 and eventually held in eight cities across Canada.
Established in 1957, the 18-hole golf course sits on 144 acres of land in the north end of the city. In recent years, the course has undergone significant upgrades including the addition of a full-size practice range, new pro shop, new maintenance shop and most recently, a new clubhouse featuring a full-size banquet room, commercial kitchen, members lounge and wrap around outdoor patio overlooking the course.
Order of Canada recipient. Honourary Doctorate of Letters. Canada’s Hockey Dad. Lord Mayor of Brantford. Brantford Citizen of the Year. Author. Coach. Husband. Dad. Grandfather. With so many accolades and monikers, all you have to say is “Walter” and we all know who you mean. Mr. Gretzky you have brought so much joy and pride to our community. We thank you for all you have done and we are honoured to recognize your legacy and dedication to the city of Brantford - the place you call, “…The Center of the Universe.” Your star will always shine bright.