When golfers return to the Water Valley Golf Club for the 2022 season, they'll be some noticeable changes with more to follow.

Pat Thomas and Jeremy Dueck recently purchased the golf course that was designed by Brian Setter and was operated by him and his wife Cindy for 34 seasons.

Cochranite James Darby, who has recently been named the new director of golf, says the aim is to enhance the entire golfing experience.

"Their motto is "New Owners, New Experience," so they want to provide a new experience to the people who come to the Water Valley Golf Club."

The clubhouse is being renovated and the driving range has been redesigned. There are also changes in the works for the course.

In addition, a junior golf team and program are in the development stage.

He says further insight will be provided at an upcoming Feb. 26 open house.

Water Valley course is a par 72 and is 6,610 yards in length.

"When you play off the back tees, it challenges golfers of any ability," says Darby. "It's just a wonderful layout, and some of the views on the golf course are fantastic. You get to see the Rockies from some of the holes, and there's lots of wildlife."

Darby says he's honoured to have been selected for the position.

"It's my dream job. I've always wanted to be a golf manager. I had a great time at the Cochrane Golf Club and now I'm not only part of a new ownership, new experience golf club, but a fantastic golf course. I'm super excited."

Darby is known for his passion for the sport. He was a golf instructor in the British Army before his stint at the Cochrane Golf Club. He's in his final year of studies for a golf management degree.

Currently, a new team of employees is being recruited.

Water Valley golf club Pat Thomas and Jeremy Dueck are the new owners of the Water Valley Golf Club. (Photo/Water Valley Golf Club Facebook)