Strath­gart­ney golf course cel­e­brat­ing 50th an­niver­sary

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

The year 1967 will be back in style this week for some P.E.I. golfers.

Strath­gart­ney High­lands Golf Course will be hold­ing a com­mu­nity event to­day to cel­e­brate its 50th birth­day.

To mark the oc­ca­sion, the course will be invit­ing Is­lan­ders to play a round for the 1967 green fee of $5. There will also be a putting con­test through­out the day, with 50 per cent of pro­ceeds go­ing back to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

At 7 p.m., there will be cake and cof­fee, as well as some re­marks from dig­ni­taries.

The course was pur­chased by an On­tario-based group in 2004.

Ma­jor­ity owner Tim Klauck said there have been a num­ber of changes to the course since the pur­chase, with a “vi­sion to pro­vide a good golf ex­pe­ri­ence at a good price.”

Those up­grades in­cluded adding about 620 yards to the course’s length in or­der to have nine holes.

Klauck said fu­ture plans are to add an­other par-4 hole within the next five years.

He said that while own­ing the course has been re­ward­ing, it hasn’t come with­out chal­lenges.

The most no­table has been the Trans-Canada High­way re­align­ment in 2014, which was com­monly re­ferred to as “Plan B” at the time.

“The first year the high­way moved, our busi­ness dropped 20 per cent, mainly be­cause tourists no longer saw us as they drove by,” said Klauck.

“To fill the void, we saw a surge in lo­cal sup­port to the point where three years later we have al­most boosted our rev­enue lev­els back to pre-high­way move lev­els.”

Klauck said the most re­ward­ing part of own­ing the course has been meet­ing its golfers.

“Even though we are ‘from away’, we have made many friends and have had good sup­port from mem­bers who have been with us for all (these) years,” said Klauck. “It’s been a plea­sure for us to be part of the P.E.I. com­mu­nity and we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing the re­la­tion­ship for years to come.”

Those in­ter­ested in book­ing a tee-time for Wed­nes­day can email grace.lavi­ola@rogers. com.

More in­for­ma­tion on the golf course is avail­able at www. strath­gart­ney­golf.com.

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