by Joe McLean
The tradition in the Ottawa area around July 1st each year is to see whether Gib Patterson is opening a golf course, a clubhouse or an additional nine holes of golf. That custom was broken this year as golfers in the Ottawa area were treated to the official opening of the South nine at Anderson Links on Saturday, May 12.
This opening was timed to coincide with the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Elsie and Gib Patterson who own and operate Anderson, Cloverdale and Emerald Links. With this opening of an additional nine holes, the Patterson family has 72 golf holes in play at their three venues.
Under a brilliant blue sky and radiant sunshine, invited guests and dignitaries were invited by MC Dave “The Voice” Schreiber to cut the ribbon officially opening the new nine while two of the many Patterson grandchildren drove ceremonial golf balls off the first tee. At the conclusion of the official opening speeches and ceremonies, golfers and invited guests were treated to a steak barbecue prepared by Chef Duane Pieroway.
A nine-hole scramble tournament was held earlier in the morning to showcase the latest creation by Canadian Golf Course designer Graham Cooke. This writer took part in the event and had a first-hand look at a layout which fits in perfectly with the other 18 holes at Anderson Links. Closest to the hole winners were Tom Cassidy and Lilianne Radford, while the team of Frank Ballance, Joe Dallaire, Joe McLean and Alvin Timmons walked away with the low gross prize with a fine scramble round of 5 under par. Lilianne Radford and her partner Sonja Carlow walked away with the most-honest award.
This writer experienced another first at the tournament. I’ve played plenty of golf and have found lost balls, towels and clubs left behind by golfers, but to find an entire set of clubs was a first. A golfer in the tournament, who shall remain nameless, got all the way back to his car before he realized that something was missing. We caught him on the way back to the course to search for his missing clubs.
The nine holes can best be described as links-style with just enough water and trees available to give golfers pause while traversing the new layout. Measuring between 2549 and 3421 yards off of 3 sets of tees, the South course was designed for playability for all levels of golfers. At this time the tees, spacious fairways and generous greens are in great shape and with a little time Mother Nature will help fill in the rough areas. The finishing 432 yard, par 4 – 9th is sure to become a favourite requiring a precise tee shot through an opening in a line of trees leaving golfers a view of a contoured green protected by a generous body of water.
Fair and fun, the new South nine at Anderson Links is a wonderful new addition to the local golf scene and will provide a challenge to all levels of golfers for years to come.