Pauquachin First Nation buys Ardmore Golf Course, plans to keep operation running

The DuTemple family has sold the 47-acre Ardmore Golf Course to the Pauquachin First Nation, which plans to continue running it as a golf course.

Current management staff will be staying on, Teri DuTemple and Chief Rebecca David of the Pauquachin First Nation said in a joint announcement on Thursday.

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“We look forward to working with our community on a long-term vision for the property,” they said.

George DuTemple, Teri DuTemple’s grandfather, bought the course in October 1946 from Alan Steamship as a family business for wife Alice and sons Ronald, Barry and Wally. Ronald is Teri DuTemple’s father.

“It was a difficult decision to make to sell the property and the business, however the timing was right and we could not be happier that the property will be returned to our long-time neighbours and friends, the Pauquachin First Nation,” the statement said.

David said the band plans to continue running the golf operation. “We raise our hands to the DuTemple family for their respectful engagement with us in negotiating the purchase of the Ardmore Golf Course.

“We are delighted to have the return of our land and we intend to carry on with the golf business.”

The land went on the market in early 2018, with an asking price of $3.45 million.

The property is in the Agricultural Land Reserve and designated for golf course and related uses. It has a nine-hole course, with alternate tees allowing golfers to play a second nine for an 18-hole course.

The site includes a clubhouse with a pro-shop, kitchen, bar, lounge, a liquor licence, a maintenance area with sheds, a barn and the cottage. The kitchen is not in use and caterers are called in when food is needed. Special events, including weddings, are held on the site.

More to come.

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