Golfers around the National Capital Region are gradually becoming aware that The Royal Ottawa Golf Club in Gatineau, QC will play host to the 2016 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.
What many don’t realize is the significance of it. It comes as the club celebrates their 125th anniversary.
The club revealed the logo for the anniversary on Sunday with this social media post:
“… on Monday, April 13, 1891 a group of businessmen and professionals met to found the Ottawa Golf Club (now the Royal Ottawa Golf Club). It was resolved on that day that a club should be established for the promotion of the healthy and satisfying game of golf. In attendance were: Dr. John Thorburn, headmaster of the Ottawa Grammar School (now the Lisgar Collegiate Institute); Charles Magee, retired merchant, developer and banker, who also provided the land on which the Club established its first golf course; Col. J. MacPherson; Captain J. W. DeCourcy O’Grady, and; Alexander Simpson, manager of the Ontario Bank.
The group appointed a committee responsible for interviewing prospective members and for making preliminary arrangements. A long list of names of gentlemen interested in joining the Club was also handed in at the meeting. The initial meeting was then adjourned until the following Monday, April 20th, at 4:30 p.m. to which they invited those who wished to be associated with the new club.
The Royal Ottawa is looking forward to celebrating the 125 years of history of Club this year. We invite you to be part of the celebration.”
You can read more on the history of one of the most significant clubs in Canada (where both Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada were founded) at this link.
Best wishes to the club and their members for the celebrations ahead.