The Brockville Country Club celebrated its 100th anniversary throughout the year 2014. The celebrations were kicked off by a fabulous New Year’s Eve Gala with over 240 members and guests attending. The main dining room, board room and curling lounge were all utilized for the fine dinner prepared by Chef Jason and his staff and served by Emily and her staff. Live music was by the Tim Hallman Trio with featured singer Cliff Edwards of “The Bells” fame.
A 16” X 11” folding 2014 anniversary calendar was prepared which included many pictures from the past and told some of the club’s 100 year history. The calendar was made possible by sponsorships from members and local companies.
July 5, 2014 was the official day of celebration. The day started with a 7:30 AM shotgun start golf event. The band Healy & Orr started playing at 11:00 AM from the balcony as players came in for lunch and as guests arrived. All members and guests were invited to assemble at the 1st tee at 11:45 and a group photo was taken from the balcony. While assembled, invited dignitaries offered congratulations and presented plaques and a scroll in recognition of the club’s 100th. Immediately after these official ceremonies, members headed to the course for an afternoon 12:30 PM shotgun start golf tournament. The Historical Society enabled players to hit hickory clubs on the 9th hole, our “Little Misery”.
Following golf, bagpipers piped the juniors out to the 100 yard mark on the driving range where they buried a 25 year time capsule. The “Granite Hall“ then opened for happy hour to the music of Healy & Orr followed by a buffet meal of chicken & ribs. Golf prizes were then presented. A silent and live auction were held which raised money for the club’s Legacy Project. The evening was not done yet as the music played on and members danced late into the evening.
The weather for the official day of celebration was perfect. Member turnout was great with 216 golfing and over 250 attending the evening events.
The BCC was especially appreciative of the number of dignitaries and golfing association representatives who attended the official ceremonies. Shown in the group photo, starting at the bottom, left to right are: Bruce Wylie, master of ceremonies; Christine Dengel, Golf Canada Membership Regional Director; Ray Bushfield, then BCC club president; Rob Smith, Councillor, Elizabethtown-Kitley; Dave Mills, former Executive Director, Golf Association of Ontario; Mayor Jim Pickard, Elizabethtown-Kitley; Mayor David Henderson, City of Brockville; Jim Miller, Chair Economic Development, Elizabethtown-Kitley; Steve Carroll, Executive Director, Golf association of Ontario; Glenn Singleton, BCC General Manager; Steve Clark, MPP Leeds & Grenville and Tom Hossfeld, President, Ottawa Valley Golf Association.
The BCC board approved a Legacy Project which saw the club’s driving range and short-game practice facility completely renovated into a first-class practice facility. When combined with the BCC’s Golf Professional’s superb teaching ability the BCC presents a Golf Academy unique to the area.
Special 100th anniversary golf course flags, with a destinctive oak nut symbol, were prepared for the 100th anniversary golf year. The oak nut image has significance as it was found on a 1940 course score card and the golf course itself has many majestic oak trees.
A series of 100th anniversary dinners/shows/dances were held in the Granite Hall during the summer months. A 100th anniversary wine & cheese reception was held in the fall to dedicate and prominently place the scroll, picture and plaques received during the July 5th official day of celebration. Brooke Henderson played in a 9-hole charity event during the club’s 100th and a special 100th anniversary Opening Mixed Curling Bonspiel was held October 18th. During opening ceremonies a curling Legacy Project sign, “We’re Brithers a” was unveiled replicating a sign which used to hang in the old curling rink on Garden Street.
To top things off, during the Brockville Country Club’s 100th year anniversary, Elizabethtown-Kitley named the BCC “business of the year”. A real honour.
The Brockville Country Club – 100 years of serving its members and the community at large.