Few sports offer the flexibility of golf. Parents, children and grandparents can all enjoy a turn around the links in the same foursome.
It’s that accessibility that’s at the heart of Ardmore Golf Course, a picturesque, nine-hole course in North Saanich.
“It’s a very welcoming, walkable and playable course,” says Axle Riley, Ardmore’s general manager and a PGA of Canada Class ‘A’ Professional.
At Ardmore, jeans and shorts are welcome, as is a friendly chat with the greenskeeper and a post-round beverage with friends in the licensed lounge or patio. At the same time, exceptional greenskeeping and PGA certified coaches allow players to fully enjoy and improve their game.
“Members really enjoy our laid-back, country club feel,” says Riley, who joined Ardmore last year after five years at Highland Pacific. “Members really get to know our staff, and enjoy the rural, natural environment. They tee off from one to nine and don’t really see other people.”
As one of the region’s most inviting public courses, membership isn’t required to play at Ardmore, but it does bring advantages:
Affordable and accessible: From junior memberships at $200 to full seven-day-a-week golf privileges for $1,155, Ardmore offers opportunities for everyone. Additional options include a weekday membership for $970 annually and a $710, “After 3” membership for golfers who prefer to golf later in the day.
All memberships include 10-day-advance tee time booking for either nine holes or a full 18, with alternate tees for your back nine. Members may also accompany up to three guests per day at special guest rates.
Location: While the course feels “away from it all,” in fact its central location is one of its main draws for golfers, who visit from across the region. Ardmore is just 22 minutes from the Uptown Shopping Centre, 10 minutes from Sidney, and five minutes from Victoria Airport.
Meet new friends: In addition to a variety of special events, including “9 and Dine” throughout the summer, new friends are easy to meet at Ardmore. Men’s and Women’s Clubs also enjoy weekly golf days, plus a variety of tourneys and gatherings. “They’ll get to make some golfing friends quickly,” Riley notes.
Extra benefits: Additional benefits of membership include a Golf Canada Handicap, use of the practice facilities – putting green, driving net and chipping area – a 10% discount on pro shop merchandise, and an option for golf club storage, Riley says.
Walk or ride: While the gently sloped and open layout makes Ardmore a very walkable course, those who prefer to ride, carts are available – including a brand new electric cart fleet coming March 1!