The Golf Course at Kawartha

The land now occupied by the Kawartha Golf & Country Club had been held by the Crown until 1844 when 20 acres were granted to the Rev. John Gilmour, a pioneer Baptist pastor in Peterborough. He sold the farm to his son in 1848 and it passed through several owners and tenants until 1889. Then, most of the parcel was sold to George Webber, who paid $9,500 for the 180 acres north of the gravel road, which is now Clonsilla Avenue.

During the 1890’s George Webber had a stone fence built along the front of the property and the laneway and the farm became known as “Stonehedge”. These fences were removed about 1920 and the rocks were used as the base of the roadbed for Highway 28. Title to the farm passed through various members of the Webber family until June 4, 1931, when the property was sold to the Canadian General Electric Company for $15,000 and by 1932, the Kawartha Golf & Country Club had been established.

For over a half a century Canadian General Electric owned the golf club, selling it in 1983 to the Club Members for $825,000. At this point the Club was semi-private and governed by 461 debenture owners.  The original farmhouse still exists, but has been expanded and forms part of the clubhouse. The foundation of the barn still serves as part of the walls of the Pro Shop.

Kawartha was a nine-hole layout until 1938 when the second nine was completed. Initially the nines were reversed, and there were once four tennis courts, which covered the present tenth tee and part of the parking lot, making #10 play straight away rather than as the dogleg it has become.

Mark Ahrens is currently the Club’s PGA Professional, having joined KGCC in 1999. Mark’s outstanding service standards earned him recognition as the Ontario PGA Professional of the Year in 2013. Lex Robson was the head golf professional from 1939 until 1965 followed by Al Hosick from 1968 through 1998.

In 2014, another major milestone took place as the Members voted to eliminate the debenture system used to purchase the club in 1983 from GE, overhaul current membership structures and build a new clubhouse with upgraded practice facilities.  To fund the majority of the clubhouse and practice area project and provide financial stability for many years to come, a parcel of land along Clonsilla Avenue has been sold. Exciting times are underway for Kawartha Golf & Country Club!
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