In 1979, the Highlands Golf Club celebrated its 50th anniversary with a 36-hole pro-am type tournament. In 1980, the province celebrated its 75th anniversary and bestowed upon the City of Edmonton, Capital City Park. As a result, lost cyclists became a common sight on the course.
1983 was a banner year for record low scores, with both Ken Tamke and Ray Rhoades shooting 65 at the Highlands. On June 3, 1985, who else but Betty Cole set the ladies' course record at 68.
In 1986, the North Saskatchewan River flooded. This had a major impact on the Windermere Golf and Country Club, and also seriously flooded hole 8 at the Highlands. In 1988, the Highlands Golf Club presented to the Edmonton Ladies Golf Association a new city ladies trophy in honor of Betty Cole. In 1989, Betty Cole won her 25th Ladies City Championship and the Betty Cole Trophy for the first time.
This decade saw the inception of the Henry Martell Memorial Pro-Am and the Labor Day Classic.
In the modern years, many golfing aids were installed such as 150-yard markers, customized golf carts, ground yardage markers, red, white and blue colored flags, colored fairway markers and a computer to calculate handicaps. In addition, much contouring was done, the weekend ballot system was put in place, and the 48-hour booking requirement began. An automated underground watering system was installed, and the club purchased rake traps and machines to pick up leaves.
From 1979 to 1989, the Men's Club Championship was essentially a tug-of-war between Ken Tamke and John Gallimore, with Ken winning it six times and John winning it four times. Ray Rhoades interfered with the Tamke/Gallimore stranglehold by winning the championship in 1980, andin 1989, Betty Cole won the Ladies Club Championship for the 29th time. Ray Milne also celebrated his 10th anniversary as Club Professional that year.
In 1989, after many long years of negotiations, the City of Edmonton and the Highlands Golf Club executed a 50-year lease with a 10-year renewal. This committee, composed of Cliff Williams, Bob Joly, Peter Chomicki (Q.C.), Mr. Justice Allan Wachowich, Doug Shillington and Ernie Koroluk, helped secure the future of the Highlands Golf Club.