The Hollinger Golf Club in Timmins celebrates its 100th anniversary.
It was August 9, 1922, when the club took over the nine-hole course from the Hollinger mine, which built it in 1919 to attract people to the town.
Since then, it has undergone many modifications.
In 2021, the original nine-hole course was replaced with an 18-hole all bentgrass course, the only one of its kind in Northern Ontario.
Another change came in 2008 when a local doctor bought the club and more recently promised to build a clubhouse which would keep the operation open all year round.
“Dr. Kos… mentioned that the members for all their support over the years, they deserve a new building that they can be proud of and a building that can accommodate (events) and makes us more than just a golf course, be it weddings, events, conferences,” said Taylor Dupuis, director of Hollinger Golf Club.
Dupuis said building on his growing base of junior members would also help ensure the club’s longevity.
“Just three or four years ago our junior membership was at three junior members and today we have over 60 junior members,” Dupuis said.
“It’s the future of the club.”
Ben Hamelin is one of these junior members. He’s nine, but he’s been golfing at Hollinger since he was four.
“I like when I swing my golf club, it’s nice and I like when I have holes in one,” Ben said.
This is a good thing because he and the other juniors will want to attend more “Golf Canada” sanctioned events in their hometown, like the one the club hosted for the first time last summer.
It was a NextGen Championship tournament.