File photo

Ardmore Golf Course in North Saanich up for sale

After 73 years, duTemple family decides to move on

After 73 years of ownership, the duTemple family is selling Ardmore Golf Course in North Saanich.

In an interview, Teri duTemple, whose grandfather purchased the property, said as time went on, more and more people became involved, but none of them live or work at the nine-hole course anymore.

“It’s just time for our family to move on,” she said.

The 47-acre property on 930 Ardmore Dr. is within the Agricultural Land Reserve and zoned commercially. The asking price is $3,450,000, according to real estate agent Robyn Wildman of Sotheby’s International Realty.

The course was purchased by her grandfather George on Oct. 31, 1946. His family ran a farm and a golf course on the property at the same time, and George’s wife Alice sold butter made in a washing machine. Over time, the course passed down and managed by family members. Every owner has lived on the golf course at one time or another, including duTemple herself, her parents and five other siblings in what she estimates to be a 700-sq. ft cottage.

She said the family would “love to see it remain as a golf course.”

“It would be a great opportunity for a young couple or a small family or group of people to invest in.”

Due to ongoing changes at the nearby Glen Meadows golf course, Ardmore has seen a membership increase recently, said duTemple, “so business is on the upswing,” but because many duTemple family members are busy with other commitments or retired, “we don’t have the time the course needs for oversight.”

“It wasn’t an easy decision. The golf course is very much part of our history.”

The duTemple family informed staff last Friday about the intention to sell, and the general manager sent an email to the membership after the meeting. She said the golf course will honour all existing memberships, one way or another. If the new buyer maintains the property as a golf course, the memberships will transfer, and if they use it for another purpose, they would credit the memberships back.

“It took a long time to come to the realization it was time, and we really, really hope it continues like a golf course and that someone will love it like we have.”

Updated April 14 at 5:22 p.m. with the asking price and additional details.



reporter@peninsulanewsreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Pedestrain struck on Quadra Street

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Quadra Street at Hulford… Continue reading

Victoria airport workers rally on Tuesday

Food service workers call for improved working conditions

Police respond after dog left in vehicle at the movies

West Shore RCMP determined the animal was not in distress

BC Nurses Union calls for decriminalization of opioids

BCNU president wants the federal government to do more to reduce preventable deaths

Saanich grants public hearing to senior housing proposal

Five-storey rental apartment would add 39 units near Cuthbert Holmes Park

VIDEO: Trudeau shuffles familiar faces, adds new ones to expanded cabinet

Justin Trudeau shuffles his front bench Wednesday to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election.

‘Amazing Race Canada’ competitors face B.C. challenge

They drove Corvettes, mastered falconry basics, and ate blueberry pie in the Cowichan Valley

Grizzly bear jumps in river, chases B.C. kayaker

The bear got a bit too close for comfort along the Elaho River near Squamish

Island man convicted of 1999 sex assault at Fraser Valley music festival

James Allen Redden, formerly of Nanaimo, was found guilty of three charges

Parks Canada looks to shine light on cloudy future for historic sites

A plan is in place to produce 10-year plans designed to turn around sagging attendance figures

B.C. poet shines a bright light on struggle with homelessness

Book launch for John La Greca’s Homeless Memorial is at Vernon’s Gallery Vertigo July 21.

Former Vike returns to lead women’s rowing program

Williams rowed for UVic, Oxford and Canada

Ontario police say attack on Muslim man was motivated by hate

Two men, aged 27 and 19, have been charged with assault in the incident

Canadian Tire delivers toys to ease kids’ street play pain in B.C. neighbourhood

It’s like Christmas for 11 kids who are supposed to be confined to their yards by strata bylaw

Most Read