Canada’s Oldest Golf Course welcomes you!Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015, the Perth Golf Course welcomes you to its historic links. 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. But just like a fine wine, Perth Golf Course is aged to perfection.
Golf at its finestPerth Golf Course features a number of modern amenities that make it perfect for hosting large events, or just a casual game with friends. But, the real star of the show is the golf course. It 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. Finally, don’t forget to say hello in the pro shop or enjoy a bite at our restaurant. We’re excited to see you!
Perth Golf Course hires new Director of GolfBeginning immediately, Perth Golf Course is thrilled to announce the hiring of golf industry veteran James Paterson as its Director of Golf. “I couldn’t be more excited to continue my golf career at the storied Perth Golf Course,” said Paterson. “Perth has long been known as an excellent facility that both cottagers and golfers from Ottawa have visited for a number of years. I can’t wait to get started.” Paterson has spent the last five years managing the 19th Tee driving range in Ottawa. Before that, he was a long-time pro shop manager at Eagle Creek Golf Course in Dunrobin. He’s also a competitive amateur golfer in his own right, participating in numerous Golf Quebec events along with the Canadian Mid-Amateur championship the last three years. Perth Golf Course, which opened Wednesday April 23 for 2015, is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Earlier in 2015, Thunderbird Management Services Inc. (TMSI), a sports management firm from Ottawa, began overseeing operations of the course. So far, the reception from the community and from golfers has been outstanding. “We’re very happy to have someone with James’ golf acumen be involved with Perth Golf Course this year,” said Rob Knights, the vice president of operations for TMSI. “Along with Travis Smith, our PGA of Canada golf professional, we feel we have a tremendous team in place.” You can book tee-times at Perth Golf Course now online at www.perthgolf.com or call the pro-shop at 613-267-3090.
Thunderbird Sports Management Inc. (TMSI) to oversee golf operations at Perth Golf Course in 2015Thunderbird Sports Management Inc. (TMSI), one of the largest sports management companies in Ottawa, is pleased to announce it has been retained by Perth Golf Course to manage the facility’s golf operations for the 2015 season. TMSI, with more than 25 years of golf management experience, is excited about the opportunity to work with the owners of Perth, the oldest permanent golf course in Canada and celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015. TMSI feels its unique and innovative approach to managing golf facilities, combined with the storied history, challenging layout and excellent condition offered by Perth, will take the golf club to the next level, providing residents of the Ottawa Valley with one of the best golf experiences in the area. “We believe the potential for the Perth Golf Course is virtually limitless, given the quality of the golf course, commitment of the owners to providing a first-class experience and TMSI’s proven formula for success,” said Rob Knights, Vice-President of Operations and Business Development for TMSI. “Perth has a long-standing tradition in the Ottawa Valley as a place where locals and cottagers can come to enjoy a fun round of golf on an excellent course, and enjoy a fine meal afterwards. We’re committed to continuing this tradition and evolving Perth into a successful, modern facility.” Built beside the Tay River in 1890 in the heart of the quaint town of Perth, about 40 minutes west of Ottawa, the course’s three original holes are still in play, even though the course has grown to become a regulation 18-hole facility, with a driving range, full-service clubhouse and all the amenities modern golfers want and expect. And while many things at Perth may remind golfers of a simpler time, the Ottawa-area golf landscape has changed dramatically in the last 125 years, with more courses competing for golfers’ dollars and fewer people playing golf. This dynamic has made it difficult for local golf courses to be profitable and provide the experience golfer have come to expect. “Challenging times call for innovative solutions,” said Mark Beveridge, one of Perth’s four co-owners. “We believe we have risen to meet those challenges, and we’re excited for what TMSI will bring to our fine facility.” Beveridge, along with fellow co-owners Jim Baxter, Tim Lee and David Trick will maintain 100 per cent ownership and strategic control of the course. Operational oversight will be delegated to TMSI, and Beveridge, Baxter, Lee and Trick will step back from the day-to-day operations and marketing of the golf course. TMSI brings with it a long history of sports and golf management experience throughout the Ottawa valley and currently owns and/or manages a variety of properties including eQuienelleGolf Course in Kemptville, Thunderbird Sports Centre in Kanata and Ottawa’s premier sports domes, the Superdome at Ben Franklin Park and the Superdome Sports Centre, home to two of Canada’s largest indoor golf ranges. The partnership between Perth and TMSI is a marriage of new and old, with TMSI providing superior golf industry insights, administrative support, technological upgrades, and improved social and digital media presence – all the while making sure that the golfers who have come to love Perth Golf Course over the last 125 years are satisfied. Golfers in the area will not see green fee increases in 2015, but instead, a golf course that is reflective of the community and responsive to the local golf market. “TMSI has a proven track record of improving the bottom line of golf facilities it manages, while also being mindful of the needs of members and guests,” said Lee. “We believe by working with TMSI, we will be able to improve our product and provide our members, guests and the community with the finest golf experience in the area.” Perth Golf Course will hold an open house on April 12th, 2015 for members of the community to learn more.