[dropcap]W[/dropcap]While it is now under new management, June 2017 will mark 50 years in business for the Richmond Centennial Golf Course.
The Pasieka family opened the course in June of 1967 with the important goal of keeping it as a family friendly business.
Mr. Jin S. Xue, along with three other families, purchased the course and look forward to maintaining the welcoming “family oriented” mission so well established by the Pasieka family. Taking ownership of a “Centennial” golf course during Richmond’s “Bicentennial” year is not lost on the new owners who wish to keep the name of the course intact.
As a contribution to the bicentennial you will see lots of decorated “Golf Carts” running volunteers around during Richmond’s celebrations from Thursday, June 14 to Monday … the Golf Course’s entire fleet of carts has been put at the disposal of the volunteers for the weekend!
As stated by Mr. Xue “My partners and I are new here … everyone is welcome to come play golf. Come for dinner, come for a free coffee or even a free round.”
While Mr. Xue may be new to Richmond he is not new to the Ottawa area. He has been in Canada for 30 years and an active member of the Chinese Community Association of Ottawa where he serves as President.
Golf, introduced about ten years ago in China, is relatively new and beyond the reach of many in China. Here in Ottawa, the story is quite different and the lure of golf is strong! Through his professional and association work with the community Mr. Xue was often approached on the topic of golf by visitors and new Canadians. Where could one invest or play? The idea of golf course ownership was born!
Mr. Xue and his partners have a clear sense of the potential of the course. They want to keep prices reasonable and cater to seniors or those who just need to practice. Being a smaller course, carts are not necessary providing a great opportunity for exercise.
Youth are also on the radar as Mr. Xue talks of establishing a youth program. George Lyon an Olympic gold medallist, an eight-time Canadian Amateur Championship winner, and a member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame was born in Richmond. Perhaps there is another great golfer amongst today’s youth just needing the opportunity to get into the game!
Plans for the club house and perhaps a driving range are not being overlooked either. The new owners are consulting professionals and will be renovating or perhaps even building a new club house. While there is a restaurant and a liquor license in place a larger facility that could accommodate gatherings for BBQ’s, meetings or host weddings is being investigated.
For those who don’t know it, the course is a mid-length 18 hole par 67 golf course. In 2003 the back nine was built to add challenge while leaving the front nine enjoyable for all levels of play. The course offers a variety of specials. Please refer to the course link here for all rates and daily specials.