Canada’s Oldest Golf Course welcomes you!
After celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015, Perth Golf Course is eager to welcome you to its historic links in 2016!
Five Reasons to choose Perth!
- Our history — Canada’s oldest golf course is excited to welcome you
- Our rates — We have the lowest rates for golf in the Ottawa Valley
- Our staff — Perth’s friendly, knowledgeable staff keeps the course looking beautiful and smiles on every golfer’s face
- Our amenities — Between the Spike Lounge and our banquet hall, Perth is the perfect place to host your special event
- Our course — Perth Golf Course has two distinct nines that are perfect for the seasoned player to the beginner. Well-conditioned, fun, welcoming… all at a price for every budget! What more could you ask for?
Built beside the Tay River in Perth, Ont., the oldest permanent course in Canada was dreamed up by a local farmer and his friends. That farmer, Captain Matheson, would be happy to know three of the holes designed by him are still in play today.
Perth Golf Course is aged to perfection.
Golf at its finest
Perth Golf Course manages the difficult double-feat of both challenging experienced players while helping newcomers relax amid the scenery. Perth is a thought-provoking design that will send players reaching for every club in their bag.
[COURSE UPDATE – November 2nd]
After a wonderful season celebrating our 125th anniversary, our golf course is now closed for the year. We’d like to thank everyone for making this season such a special one. We’ve had a wonderful year, and we’re already looking forward to 2016! Thanks for all your patronage and support of the community golf course in beautiful Perth.
[TMSI News – January 6]
Thunderbird Management Services Inc. to manage the affairs of Amberwood Village Golf and Country Club in 2016
Thunderbird Management Services Inc. (TMSI) is pleased to announce, effective immediately, it has partnered with the Amberwood Village Golf and Country Club (AVGCC) to manage the entire golf operations for the 2016 season.
TMSI will be working with the Amberwood Board of Directors to develop and implement a strategic business plan to rejuvenate the golf, pool and tennis programs by bringing TMSI’s experience, expertise and proven formula for success to the beautiful nine-hole golf course, situated in the heart of Stittsville.
“We feel Amberwood has so much potential and we’re committed to putting the course back on the map,” explained Rob Knights, Vice President of Operations and Business Development at TMSI. “Amberwood is a scenic and challenging course, open to the public and provides golfers of all skill levels a great place to get in a quick nine holes of golf.”
While the perception of the golf industry is that it is struggling, TMSI has increased its presence in golf in the Ottawa area by 100% over the past 18 months and has seen steady growth at each of its facilities. Amberwood is a perfect addition to TMSI’s portfolio of courses.
“Amberwood has something to offer to everyone from golf, tennis and the pool to a great dining experience,” said Knights. “We will be changing the story at Amberwood as we have done at all the golf facilities we are involved with and are excited about the opportunity.”
TMSI is presently involved with the management of eQuinelle Golf Club, Perth Golf Course, Thunderbird Sports Centre, the Superdome at Ben Franklin Park, the Superdome Sports Centre, as well as the Tennis Centre West Ottawa.
The focal point of Amberwood Village, the Amberwood Golf and Country Club features a challenging layout for all skill levels, with water hazards on every hole, three tennis courts and a full-sized, outdoor, recreational pool.
“The AVGCC Board of Directors is pleased to be partnering with TMSI Sports Management to administer and manage the affairs of Amberwood Golf and Country Club in 2016,” said Ralph Milligan, President of the Amberwood Village Recreation Association, the group that owns the golf club. “We feel TMSI’s experience and expertise is exactly what the club needs to continue to improve our operations.”
Katharine Usher-Vollett, a 25-year employee of TMSI, will take on the position of full time, on-site General Manager for the club. Mrs. Usher-Vollett was the leader for TMSI at eQuinelle Golf Club in Kemptville since the club’s opening in 2009 and will bring her experience and expertise to Amberwood starting immediately.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge that Amberwood brings and I’m excited to be part of a great facility,” explained Mrs. Usher-Vollett.
Meanwhile, PGA of Canada professional Phil Rankin will take over as Director of Golf at eQuinelle, bringing his 23 years of experience in the golf industry to Ottawa’s premier golf facility.
Rankin is familiar to the members and public players at eQuinelle, having been the teaching professional and involved in supporting member events and leagues since 2013.
Amberwood Village Golf and Country Club will be open for play once again in the spring, and will be featured at the Ottawa/Gatineau Golf Expo as part of the TMSI family.
Perth Golf Course hires industry veteran Chris Learmonth as Director of Golf
Perth Golf Course is thrilled to announce the hiring of golf industry veteran Chris Learmonth as its new Director of Golf, effective immediately.
“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to work with TMSI at Perth next season and meeting all the members and other golfers who play there,” said Learmonth. “I feel after 25 years in the industry wearing a number of different hats, my experience and skill set is ideally suited to the operation at Perth.”
“I’m looking forward to providing members, their guests and the public with a wide selection of merchandise in the golf shop and the utmost in customer service,” he continued. “I also plan to plan to be involved in all club programs and providing a complete program of personal and group lessons.”
Learmonth, who has been a PGA of Canada member for 25 years, has spent the last eight years as the head teaching professional at Deep River Golf Club. Prior to that, Learmonth was the head teaching professional at Elm Ridge Country Club in Montreal, and held the same position at Glengarry Golf Club.
The two-time PGA of Canada Ottawa Zone Player of the Year (2008, 2010) has enjoyed numerous playing achievements, including participating in PGA Tour qualifying school in 1999.
“With the hiring of Chris, we’re expanding our successful operation at Perth and very happy to have someone of his caliber leading the charge,” said Rob Knights, vice-president of golf operations for Thunderbird Management Services Inc. (TMSI), a sports management company from Ottawa.
The 49-year-old Learmonth lives in Laurentian Hills with his wife Lianne. He also has a daughter, Sabrina.
Learmonth will build on the success of James Paterson, who enjoyed a wonderful tenure at Perth, leading Canada’s oldest golf club during its 125th anniversary celebrations in 2015.
Paterson has been hired by eQuinelle Golf Club – a sister property of Perth as both are involved with TMSI – as its Food & Beverage Manager.
“With eQuinelle’s state-of-the-art clubhouse now available for large, special events, it’s great to have an experienced leader like James at the helm of the Food and Beverage aspect of that facility,” continued Knights.
TMSI will once again be involved with Perth Golf Course for the 2016 season and will be announcing the addition of more facilities to its management stable in the coming weeks.