" 60 Years of Golf "
The game of golf has been an important part of the recreational scene in Smiths Falls area for many years. After several attempts in the early 1900’s and in 1928 to establish a golf course for the community it wasn’t until 1952 that the beginning of the present golf course began to take shape.
A Board of Directors, chosen from a group of several interested citizens, purchased the old Balfe farm and established the Smiths Falls Golf and Country Club on its present site in the Township of South Elmsley.
Following the purchase of approximately 100 acres of gently sloped farmland and with the meandering Otter Creek flowing through the property, the Club Executives hired golf professional Dick Green of Kingston’s Cataraqui Golf Club to design a 9 hole golf course.
Since the Club opened in 1954 several changes have taken place. The original number 3 hole underwent the first of several changes to make it more challenging. Two additional tees were added to holes 1 and 2 to change the complexion of the ‘back nine’. A complete watering system was installed around 1960 and was replaced in the 1980’s. Porches and a banquet hall were added to the original farm house a few years after the opening of the course.
In 1982, a group of members approached the Board of Directors with the idea of building another 9 holes. The Club Executive permission to a newly formed ‘18 hole Committee’ to undertake a feasibility study and to begin trying to raise funds for the construction of the new 9 holes. After proving the project could be successful it was recommended that Montreal based Golf Course Architect Graham Cooke be hired to design the additional 9 holes.
The new design required the purchase of more than 30 acres of additional land from adjacent Willoughby farm, the elimination of old number 6 hole and the construction of ten new golf holes. After three years and a tremendous amount of work by the ‘18 Hole Committee’ the Board of Directors voted to begin construction in the spring of 1988.
Since that time, several more changes have taken place around the Smiths Falls Golf and Country Club. A new golf shop was built in 1990. Under the supervision of veteran Greens superintendent and Golf Professional, Tom McPhee, many improvements to the golf course such as better drainage, new sand bunkers, improved cart paths and the reconstructing of No. 7 greens. In the winter of 1999 the old farmhouse and porches were replaced by a beautiful new addition which houses a new lounge, a spacious dining room, new upstairs washroom, a new kitchen and additional storage space.
The efforts of the many Board of Directors, shareholders, members and employees of the Smiths Falls Golf and Country Club over the last half of the 20th century have resulted in the realization of a beautiful golf course and clubhouse which will be enjoyed by members and people in the community for many years to come.
Host to events each year that attract the region's Golf Professionals and top amateur players, the consensus has always been that Smiths Falls G & CC has some of the quickest and smoothest greens in the region. The club has in it's own right produced many of the areas top players.....even before the arrival of the Henderson girls. Calling our course home are over 16 individuals who have went on to become PGA of Canada Golf Professionals.
So why not come to the heart of the Rideau Canal, a World Heritage site, alongside the Cataraqui Trail just south of the town of Smiths Falls on Golf Club Road. Our fairways wind through 100 year old oak and maple trees, through natural marsh lands with Otter Creek meandering amongst many of the holes. Enjoy the course, the country atmosphere and after your round gather in the Tom McPhee Lounge for a refreshment or two. After your day at the course you may want to enjoy the many attractions offered in the area.
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BROOKE FINISHS T-3rd @ LPGA EVENT
Brooke Henderson fell just shy of joining an elite group of golfers to win an LPGA tournament before reaching the age of 18. But the confidence it gave her suggests that victory may be right around the corner.
Sunday was one of the most significant days in the young golfer’s career. The 17-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ont., carried a one-shot lead into the final round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in just her second appearance on the tour this year since turning pro. The former world No. 1 amateur was trying to join Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson as the only players to win an LPGA event before turning 18, and the first Canadian to win one since Lorie Kane in 2001.
1, 2 for Brittney and Brooke
Brittany Henderson of Smiths Falls shot a four-round total of 282 in the Suncoast Ladies Tour Winter Championship, two strokes better than her winning sum in last year’s edition of the mini-tour event at Eustis, Fla.
That 282 total was only worth second place this year, though.
Younger sister Brooke Henderson upstaged everyone else Friday, shooting a bogey-free, 8-under-par 64 for a total of 273 and a seven-stroke margin of victory for the $5,000 U.S. top prize. They also finished 1-2 in a January event at Winter Garden, Fla., and in between Brooke tied for third and finished solo third, giving her a season total of $9,250 in earnings.
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