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About

The Eastbourne Golf Club

Our century-old golf club prides itself on being a relaxing, friendly, and welcoming club. We invite you to play a round on our challenging 9 hole course, filled with mature trees and generous fairways.

 

Our club goes all the way back to 1912 and has a rich history beginning with Doug Wood's fascination with the game.

The Course

Our nine-hole course is beautiful, with mature trees, generous fairways, and a challenging layout.  

01

Glory Hole

Sponsored by Hackett / Tory Family

Welcoming warm up to testy green

Eagle hopes and birdie opportunity for which there is dire need before EGC Amen corner

Front Tee: 252

Back Tee: 260

Par: 4

02

Bonfire Alley

Sponsored by The Hackney Family

Tough uphill to hidden target

Long par 3 into the prevailing wind and demanding green makes 4 and even par through 2 holes a good score.

Front Tee: 109

Back Tee: 207

Par: 3

03

The Pipeline

Sponsored  In Memory  of J. Stan (Pipeline) Morse

Pipeline to a tricky finish

Known as The Pipeline and EGC’s toughest par 4 both for good reasons

Front Tee: 352

Back Tee: 370

Par: 4

04

Wrecking Balls

Sponsored by Kevin & Lori, Mitchell Demolition

Plays over par to corner

Ontario's toughest par 3 so 1 over through 4 what you play for

Front Tee: 146

Back Tee: 216

Par: 3

05

Grip it and Rip it!

Sponsored by The De Oliveira Family

Roomy long 5 par

500 hundred yards of par 5 appreciated after EGC Amen Corner

Front Tee: 485

Back Tee: 498

Par: 5

06

Send It!

Sponsored by The Carter Family

Tiered green receives faded drive​

Unforgiving right or left with a bend to the right par 4 into the prevailing wind with severe 2 tier green.

Front Tee: 347

Back Tee: 361

Par: 4

07

Ready Golf

Sponsored by The Redinger Family

Short well-bunkered precision

Precision par 3 as S-shaped green well bunkered

Front Tee: 142

Back Tee: 156

Par: 3

08

#!*$^%! - In the Swamp Again!

Sponsored by The Redinger Family

Short well-bunkered precision

Precision par 3 as S-shaped green well bunkered

Front Tee: 270

Back Tee: 280

Par: 4

09

Dr. Bob's Fairway

Sponsored by Tory/Powell

Homeward tight camelback


Welcome home with eagle and birdie prospects but bring your best putter to deal with a severe green that punishes you for being on the wrong side of the hole.

Front Tee: 267

Back Tee: 282

Par: 4

White Tees

Red Tees

 

Men’s Course Rating

Men’s Slope Rating

                                               

Woman's Course Rating

Woman's Slope Rating

2620 yards

2370 yards

 

White 65.2

White 114

White 70

 White 120

Par 34

Par 34

 

Red 63.0

Red 107

Red 66.8

Red 116

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Our Members' Thoughts

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Judy Robinson

You can learn to golf at any age and you don't feel intimidated

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Alison Elgie 

It's a Stanley Thompson golf course.  As someone with a 3 handicap, I am still challenged.  Even though I know the course by heart, I never get bored.

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Callum Shannon 

I like the penny candy at the golf house

Our History

Our century old golf course has a rich history beginning in 1912.

 

1912

It was in 1912 that young Doug Wood, back from a summer with his family in the Isles of Jersey and Wight, took tomato cans and cricket stumps in hand and set to work to lay out a golf course.

My father [James Wood] had a few clubs made for me at the Jersey Club, played with me every day for a week, and from then on I became devoted to the game … That summer we rented a cottage in Eastbourne. Behind the row of cottages facing the lake and in front of our cottage was an unused field … Fascinated by the game I practiced my mashie in the field. I cut the grass at each corner of the field and one spot beside the cottage making five squares of about fifteen feet. In the center of each, I sunk a tomato can. I used cricket stumps for flagpoles. From some red material my mother cut little flags, which we tacked to the stumps. The number of players in a game varied from one to eight. There was never more than one game at a time for the way we played the only safe place was well behind the hitter. There was no fixed order in which we played the [five] holes. Usually, we went diagonally to obtain the maximum distance.

In 1913 young amateur Francis Ouimet defeated Vardon and Ray in the play-off for the U.S. Open and there was an instant interest in golf.

“Someone,” said Wood, “may have sensed the possibility of a course for Eastbourne.” And eleven men did.

Each of these Charter Members paid $50.00 and an annual fee of $15.00, which entitled his family to play. The group leased 50 acres of land from local landowner Tom Bradshaw for a period of ten years from October 1, 1914, with an option to buy. The lessees committed themselves to pay the taxes, refrain from cutting down lumber, and not to sublet. Above all, the lease prohibited three things – liquor, business on the course, and golf on Sunday. When the playing rules of the Rosedale Golf Club were adopted, another part of the game was prohibited - no betting.

By the summer of 1914 the course, always called “the links”, had been made ready for play – all for $1022.31. This covered an odd fee for laying out the course - $11.65 to Frank Freeman, the distinguished Pro from the Rosedale Golf Club - plus the labour, fertilizer, seed for fairways and greens, one heavy roller, horse boots, hole cutter, hole rings, flags and rent for the year. It was found that half of the leased land, just 25 acres, was sufficient for good play and nine holes were laid out.

Incorporated in 1916

The Club was incorporated in 1916 and, in April 1917, the land on which the course was situated was purchased for $2400.00, including a bonus of additional adjacent land to extend and enhance play. By 1918 all indebtedness was cleared and a deed was received.

With such confidence, new rules were brought in. Since the course was very crowded on weekends, and since a caddy had just been hit by a ball, it was decided that caddies would not be allowed on weekends unless he is the son of the player. Non-observance of the rules of golf, its etiquette, and attire, were unacceptable and a Committee was appointed to enforce compliance. Lady members must remember that Saturday and holiday mornings were set aside exclusively for men. The turf must be replaced after a shot. And, last but not least, the emphasis was put on the fact that some ladies were still forgetting the injunction: NO HIGH-HEELED SHOES ON THE COURSE.

Golfer George Cummings

By 1918 The Eastbourne Golf Club was attracting considerable attention. Anticipation was high when it was announced that George Cummings (Head Pro at The Toronto Golf Club), and B.L. (Bert) Anderson of Lambton Golf Club (Secretary of the R.C.G.A.), would take on George S. Lyon of Lambton (Canadian Amateur Champion) and Willie Freeman (Lambton Professional) at The Eastbourne Golf Club on August 19, 1918, funds to be raised for the Red Cross. All four players were nationally known golfers and the press was there. The Mail and Empire covered the eighteen-hole matches shot by shot and a large gallery followed the matches - $100 was raised. Celebrity matches became an annual event. At the celebrity match of July 24, 1920 The Toronto Golf Club’s George Cummings broke the course record with a score of 31. The press gleefully recorded each hole and announced the new course record. Members were told that The Eastbourne Golf Club was now “on the map” in Ontario golf.

By 1922 the Club had acquired what locally became a unique and well-respected symbol – its flock of thoroughbred sheep.

The sheep's job would be to help keep the grass and weeds down and to fertilize the fairways. The Club had purchased the pick of a flock of 40 purebred Shropshires that were shipped to the Club in November and wintered well. They were accommodated and herded during the summer and by April 1923 there was an increase of 39 lambs from 30 ewes thanks to a Shearling ram, a prizewinner at the 1922 CNE. The lambs were a huge success. As well as keeping down the dandelions and other weeds and fertilizing the land, their efforts reduced the costs of mowing the fairways in the early part of the season and in the autumn. The following year the membership was informed that a “wool clip of 373 pounds was being shipped to the Canadian Co-Operative Wool Growers Association”. The money gained from this sale allowed for the purchase of five more high-class animals for $225. The flock was eventually replaced with more traditional equipment.

Ten years after the Club opened there were 74 charter members whose families were enjoying the full nine-hole course. The competition was intense and membership active and enthusiastic. 

Happily, the same can be said after ninety-six years.

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