(2014 Editor’s Note – Pine View is now operated privately)
Golfers Choice in Ottawa for 40 Years
In the early 1970’s the City of Ottawa was looking for a golf course for its residents and they had the money and financing powers but no available land. The Township of Gloucester had the land housing a former semi-private golf course but not the finances to bring the golf course into a viable operation. An agreement between the two parties was signed and a lease prepared and accepted by the National Capital Commission.
The result was a match made in heaven for golfers in the Ottawa area.
The origins of PineView were touched upon in the November, 1990 edition of the Gloucester Leader in an article titled “Pine View Municipal Golf Course to go Public”.
“Originally set up as a semi-private club by the Leo Kelly family in 1959, the cities of Ottawa and Gloucester stepped in when the lease between Kelly and the National Capital Commission expired, and created a Board of Management to operate a ‘municipal’ golf course and related services. The joint PineView venture was launched in 1972 on the strength of a 50 year lease with the NCC, and municipal ownership of the buildings and equipment, 75 per cent in favor of Ottawa and 25 per cent to Gloucester.”
John Kerr, who ran the golf course as its general-manager for 24 years, has many memories of the PineView Municipal Golf Course. “I biked to the course from Elmvale Acres to sweep the dew off the greens for $1 a day,” said the man who worked on the original golf course in 1961.
The PineView Municipal Golf Course has had its memorable moments through the years. On February 1, 1977 the original clubhouse was destroyed by fire. The 1977 golf season continued on as the staff, 19th hole and pro shop operated out of trailers secured from the Montreal Olympics. The fall of 1978 found PineView moving into its new clubhouse.
With the ever-growing popularity of the game of golf, an 18-hole Executive Course was built and ready for play at PineView in 1991. In 1999, the City of Gloucester purchased the City of Ottawa share and became the sole owners of the PineView Municipal Golf Course. When a new double-row watering system was installed in 2000, conditioning on the Championship course took a major step forward.
The City Of Ottawa as we now know it was formed in 2001 with the amalgamation of the Cities of Cumberland, Gloucester, Kanata, Nepean, Ottawa and Vanier along with the Townships of Goulbourn, Osgoode, Rideau and West Carleton and the Village of Rockcliffe Park. At the same time, the City of Ottawa became the sole owner and operator of the Howard Watson Sr. designed 18-hole PineView Municipal Golf Course and the Graham Cooke designed 18-hole PineView Municipal Executive Golf Course.
Both courses are located on 245 acres of NCC property on the east side of Blair Road between the Queensway and Innes Road on what was originally the Blair Farm, home to both cattle and sheep.
The 18-hole Championship course at PineView measures between 5847 and 6679 yards with three sets of teeing areas and is a good test of golf for all levels of golfers. Generous landing areas for tee shots are the norm as are the spacious putting surfaces protected by an abundant supply of bunkers. Pine and spruce trees acquired from the NCC have matured and they provide a natural lining to many of the fairways on a golf course set in a natural parkland surrounding.
The 18-hole Executive golf course at PineView is the perfect complement to the championship course. Don’t let the Executive name discourage you from a round of golf as the Executive course is not a par three, pitch and putt.
Measuring between 3751 and 3993 yards, the Executive course also features three sets of teeing areas with a mixed combination of 9 par 3’s,8 par 4’s and a demanding par 5 finishing golf hole, all of which will test your golfing skills. Unlike other Executive courses, each golf club in your bag will get a workout at PineView.
Graham Cooke designed the Executive course as an enjoyable place for golfers of all abilities to play. Mr. Cooke commented in a recent interview, “Golfers who don’t hit the ball far are hitting shots like the pros here.” This writer can attest to that fact after walking the thoroughly pleasurable short course recently as a steady hum of traffic on the Queensway in no way interfered with my delightful walk on a green oasis, within view of office towers and shopping centres within the city boundaries.
PineView Municipal golf course with its central location, spacious banquet facilities for up to 250 people and 36 golf holes is ideally situated to accommodate business meetings, tournaments of varying sizes and wedding experiences. A newly renovated lounge, a large banquet hall, a covered garden patio, a fully stocked pro shop and full fleet of golf carts are just a few of the amenities available for golfers and visitors to the PineView Municipal Golf Course.
With the retirement of PGA of Ottawa golf professional Tim Cole after 27 years; there are two new faces in the pro shop at the PineView. PGA of Ottawa golf professionals Scott Mikkelsen and Marc Levac have been hired as PineView’s Head Professional and Associate Professional, respectfully.
When asked about the PineView experience, Kevan Shantz, General Manager of the PineView Municipal Golf Course replied, “Our goal is to provide a venue where golf is fun and affordable and our level of personal service, whether in the pro shop or the clubhouse is second to none.”
City of Ottawa
Scott Mikkelsen, PGA of Canada
Tees / Yardage / Rating / Slope
Blue / 6709 / 70.9 / 124
White / 6371 / 69.7 / 117
Red / 5847 / 68.3 / 111
Blue – 3993 / White – 3863 / Red – 3751
The Executive Course is scheduled to be rated in 2012
Average Hole Lengths (Blue Tees)
Par 3’s: 185 yards
Par 4’s: 403 yards
Par 5’s: 540 yards
Par 3’s: 127 yards
Par 4’s: 304 yards
Par 5 : 424 yards
PineView Municipal Golf Course
1471 Blair Road
Ottawa, Ontario, K1B 4S3