Abercrombie celebrating 100 years
ABERCROMBIE, N.S. – It’s unlikely charter members at Abercrombie Golf Club in Pictou County could have envisioned their little course would still be up and running a century later.
“There’s been a lot of clubs come and go,” says Jonathan Garron, director of golf at Abercrombie, which is marking its 100th year in 2019.
“To stay around and stay in business – to get to that 100 years and still going pretty strong is a huge accomplishment.”
There are only a handful of golf courses in Nova Scotia that are older than Abercrombie. Among them (not a complete list) are Truro Golf Club (opened in 1903), Amherst, Yarmouth Links (built in the 1800s), Digby Pines (1905), Chester, Brightwood in Dartmouth and Lingan, which is in Cape Breton.
“There would be a few older than us,” says Garron, a Truro native, “but I don’t think there’s a lot. It’s the test of time – we’ve been very fortunate. We are still fairly strong and a lot of it comes back to the support of the membership.”
As part of its centennial celebrations, the club will host the Nova Scotia men’s amateur championship July 5 to 7.
Grant Dunlop has been a member at Abercrombie since 1960. It is believed he is the longest continuous-serving member, having started there when he was about nine years old. He still golfs four times a week.
“My father played, my mother played, we all played golf,” says Dunlop.
His brother Allan, who died a few years ago, had been employed with Nova Scotia Archives, and as Abercrombie was approaching its 75th anniversary, he suggested it might be a good idea to look into the club’s history.
In the early 1990s, Grant Dunlop started going through microfilm at the library in New Glasgow, poring over old newspapers, piecing together the past. It would prove to be more work than he’d imagined.
“I didn’t think it would take me a year to do it,” he says with a smile.
He figures Abercrombie has hosted close to 30 provincial and national golf championships (it was home of the 2015 Canadian men’s amateur).
“It’s a nice accomplishment, to still be here a hundred years later.”