Local golf course undergoing major changes under new ownership
by Sandy Lindsay

March 11,  2017

Sports - Golf


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It may not look as though spring and the golf season are around the corner, but Southampton Golf and Country Club is getting ready for a new season that's promising to be special with a new owner and management.

Formerly known as Chippewa Golf & Country Club, there are now major changes underway.

The dining room, now 'Hampton Hall', is in the process of being renovated in expectation of the events that have already begun being booked.

New owner, Kevin O'Brien, will be hosting the first membership 'Inaugural Ball' in April completed with Irish music, dancers and a few 'wee' surprises.

Inside and out, there are big changes in the works.  The pro shop will also have a new look this year. Currently under construction, the pro shop and back room are being redesigned. The wall between the two rooms has been removed. The pro shop will be in the front portion of the building, and much smaller, while the remaining area will house a pub and a small office area.

According to owner, Kevin O'Brien, the course will continue to be 18-holes with plans being developed for the future of the Club and its lands.

With the addition of Larry Pickett on staff in the pro shop as Pro Shop Manager, John Schmidt, Director of Golf/Head Professional hopes to be able to represent the Club in tournament that include the London Mini Tour, the PGA of Ontario Tour and the  PGA of Ontario Senior Tour. "I also hope to play the PGA of Canada Sr. Championship and Pro-Ams in London, Sarnia, and Listowel," says Schmidt, "since Larry has many years of experience in the golf industry and is a welcomed asset to our team."

In addition, the Club has also entered into a reciprocal agreement with Sauble Golf & Country Club.

While the heating and air conditioning (HVAC) is undergoing improvements, the Club will install a peaked 30ft. X 60ft. Marquis tent from Four Seasons Party Rentals out of Markdale for the 2017 event season and that will remain until the end of September.

 The newly renovated Clubhouse will also be welcoming events that range from wedding anniversaries to baby showers and weddings to golf tournaments as well as corporate meetings and events.

 "We are also pairing with Green Door Café Catering for events  of 75 people or more and Little Black Dog Catering for smaller events. Four Seasons Party Rentals will be providing linens and party supplies and Bayberry Flowers in Southampton will complete event designing with floral arrangements.

"We look forward to working with all of the local businesses and organizations," says Sandy Simpson, General Manager and Event Coordinator.  "We're now getting ready to host Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament that we anticipate will be bigger and better than ever for this their 30th Anniversary and also for  Southampton Rotary's annual fundraising golf tournament in June.

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Another new program is the monthly 'Hope Night' working with the Canadian Cancer Society.  The event will be a nine-hole fundraiser that will take place in the early evening with a themed dinner to follow.

"We are looking for members who may want to join an organizing committee to help with the planning and fundraising, draws, prize table etc. These events will be open to the community and run monthly from June-September."

For more information: visit www.southamptongolf.ca

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