Aber­crom­bie cel­e­brat­ing 100 years

Truro Daily News - - SPORTS - KEVIN ADSHADE SALTWIRE NET­WORK

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.”

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