Golf Historical Society of Canada

Royal Ashburn Golf Club (2021)

GHSC News Item: September 30, 2021 Post-1900 Hickory Play

Location: Royal Ashburn Golf Club, Whitby ON

Reported by: George Supol, GHSC Board Member 

On September 30, 2021, twenty-nine members and invited guests of the GHSC assembled at Royal Ashburn Golf Club for a day of hickory golf. This included players who travelled from various locations in Ontario including Cambridge, Dundas, Toronto, Kingston and North Bay.

The story of Royal Ashburn may be found on its website here. It is interesting to note that Royal Ashburn Golf Club was granted Armorial Bearings (coat of Arms) on September 15, 2006, by the authority vested in the Governor General to exercise the prerogative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada.

Although the course was wet from recent rains, it was in great shape and carts were allowed. It was a breezy and overcast day and the course was very challenging, even from the forward tees.

Special note: Wayne Hein won closet to the hole on #7 while Von Perusse won closest to the hole on #16.

Before the round, a few GHSC members (namely Stan Lapidus, Walt Soetens, Bob West and Jeff Rogers) held a “boot sale” of their hickory clubs and other collectibles in the golf course’s parking lot. After the round, players enjoyed dinner together at the Club’s Butler’s Pub & Grill. This was one of the few times during the Covid-19 pandemic where an indoor meal at a GHSC-attended golf course was allowed. In this reporter’s opinion, the Royal Ashburn hospitality, food and beverage selection and staff were excellent.

Thanks to Jeff Rogers, GHSC President, for organizing and running this great event. Special thanks to Ken Remark, GHSC’s videographer, who was also on hand at Royal Ashburn to take pictures and video of the event for GHSC’s website and upcoming branding video. Ken’s pictures are presented below in gallery format. You may click on any individual image to see its larger version.

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