Just when the news seemed bleak for the golfers of Mont Ste Marie, Quebec a community group has ensured that the local golf club will keep it’s doors open.
After the owners (Raymond Brunet & Gilles Lafraniere) of the Mont Ste Marie Golf Club announced earlier this year that the business would be closing (as we reported in the May issue of Flagstick), members of the local community stepped up to keep the club alive. The announcement came just days after our news story about the closure went to print.
With the outspoken support of the community the Municipality of Lac-Sainte-Marie came on board to sign a three-year lease to run the scenic eighteen-hole golf course in the Gatineau Hills.
Intermin Director of the club, Jim Hemlin, told Flagstick that the support to keep the club has been overwhelming with dozens of volunteers coming forward. “It’s been amazing to see how everyone has rallied around the club. It is a vital piece of our community and we’ll do what we can to make it thrive.”
Hemlin says they will focus on various initiatives to grow the member and user base throughout the season. He mentioned to Flagstick that they were already off to a strong start and with cottage season about to begin, have high hopes for the the club’s turnaround.
We’ll follow up later in the golf season to see how the story develops.