The Gananoque Golf and Country Club officially celebrated its 100th anniversary over the weekend.
The club arose out of the formation of the North Shore Realty Company in 1921. Three men, Dr. C.H. Bird, Douglas Depencier and George Dempster, created the enterprise by purchasing 100 acres of farmland and property along the St. Lawrence River, turning it into a picturesque nine-hole golf course.
“This club has such a wonderful reputation,” said Steve Clark, MPP for the riding of Leeds-Grenville.
The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing has always enjoyed a round of golf in Gananoque.
“It is such a picturesque layout,” continued Clark. “The board of directors both past and present should be proud to celebrate this special milestone”.
A number of dignitaries were on hand to mark the occasion, including Barb Allen from Kingston.
“This club should be proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish,” said Allen, a member of Golf Canada and the sports historical society.
“It is so important to remember and celebrate the history of golf,” continued Allen.
“The anniversary committee here at the Gananoque Golf Club has done a tremendous job of doing just that.”
Thornley Stoker is the president of the golf club. He says the current board of directors and all the volunteers deserve a big pat on the back for keeping the course in good shape and financially sound.
“Golf is frustrating, but a lot of fun,” says Stoker.
He says it’s a sport that’s growing in popularity.
“It is a sport that develops relationships and friendships,” added Stoker.
“It’s a very social sport and that’s something we really need at this time in the face of COVID-19.”
Larry Schrader is the club’s general manager. He says there are a number of reason’s for the course’s success.
“We treat our members and visitors with respect and deliver professional, affordable, friendly golf,” says Schrader.
“There will always be a need for a small town nine hole golf course. Gananoque is a perfect example.
“We treat everyone as if they’re a famous person.”