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2009 S Jefferson Ave
Midland, MI, 48640
United States


The Greater Midland Curling Club is an operating unit of Greater Midland, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to serving the community through recreation, social services and wellness experiences.

Club History

Curling came to the Midland area in the minds of Midlanders who had previously enjoyed the winter - they suffered an acute case of cabin fever and began to long for the excitement of the well-swept stone, the well-built house, and the well-stacked broom. Out of these frustrations and hungers evolved the Midland Granite Club, dedicated to the ancient and honorable sport of curling.

In the early 1960s meetings were held to develop a core of members and raise enough money to install an outdoor sheet of curling ice. This became reality in 1962 with the first sheet of ice installed adjacent to the City Skating Rink.

Strong men threw giant stones over snow and fly ash. However, with the frightful music from the nearby skating rink, plunging temperatures of 20 degrees below zero and wind gusts up to 40 knots the group faced rising causalities from frostbite, curler's elbow, and pneumonia.

So the Granite Club directors met to consider how to snatch victory from disaster. Land scouts located land at the end of Gerald Court; a solemn money-raising ceremony was held among the directors; another solemn money-raising ceremony was held at the bank; and a two-sheet curling rink was built with natural ice in 1965.

Nature, which had provided wind, rain, snow, and frostbite at the outdoor rink now provided the Club with freezing and thawing. This coupled with certain subterranean features in the dirt floor created very interesting ice. When the rink became a shallow pond in March of 1966, the number of meetings of the directors increased, stock sales soared, and the bank responded. With much tender loving care, artificial ice was installed in the curling rink.

As cars floundered in mud in the parking lot when the sun was out, and sank in the snow when it wasn't, it became clear that the problem had shifted from refrigeration to transportation. More frenzied activity and a blacktop parking lot appeared in 1967.

Teams from Midland began to invade Sarnia, Detroit, Kitchener, Lewiston, Wallaceburg, Milwaukee, and the Canadian Soo. Back came the message, "Bonspiels are the life blood of curling, and we need four sheets of ice instead of two." So in 1969, the directors, the members 
and the bank again responded and the total Club facilities were doubled in size. Now, with four sheets of ice and adequate Club room space, curling in Midland is here to stay!

Since the 1970s, the club has continued to grow. The club name was changed to the Midland Curling Club to be more meaningful to potential members. In 1987, the club partnered with the Greater Midland Community Center. And today is one of eight operating units of Greater Midland.

On April 30, 2008 the club held its ground breaking ceremony for its current building located on the Community Center's campus and officially moved into the new facility in October of that year. On October 23, 2010 original founders Marguerite and Doug Leng were inducted into the Midland County Sports Hall of Fame.