File photo

Ardmore Golf Course in North Saanich up for sale

After 73 years, duTemple family decides to move on

After 73 years of ownership, the duTemple family is selling Ardmore Golf Course in North Saanich.

In an interview, Teri duTemple, whose grandfather purchased the property, said as time went on, more and more people became involved, but none of them live or work at the nine-hole course anymore.

“It’s just time for our family to move on,” she said.

The 47-acre property on 930 Ardmore Dr. is within the Agricultural Land Reserve and zoned commercially. The asking price is $3,450,000, according to real estate agent Robyn Wildman of Sotheby’s International Realty.

The course was purchased by her grandfather George on Oct. 31, 1946. His family ran a farm and a golf course on the property at the same time, and George’s wife Alice sold butter made in a washing machine. Over time, the course passed down and managed by family members. Every owner has lived on the golf course at one time or another, including duTemple herself, her parents and five other siblings in what she estimates to be a 700-sq. ft cottage.

She said the family would “love to see it remain as a golf course.”

“It would be a great opportunity for a young couple or a small family or group of people to invest in.”

Due to ongoing changes at the nearby Glen Meadows golf course, Ardmore has seen a membership increase recently, said duTemple, “so business is on the upswing,” but because many duTemple family members are busy with other commitments or retired, “we don’t have the time the course needs for oversight.”

“It wasn’t an easy decision. The golf course is very much part of our history.”

The duTemple family informed staff last Friday about the intention to sell, and the general manager sent an email to the membership after the meeting. She said the golf course will honour all existing memberships, one way or another. If the new buyer maintains the property as a golf course, the memberships will transfer, and if they use it for another purpose, they would credit the memberships back.

“It took a long time to come to the realization it was time, and we really, really hope it continues like a golf course and that someone will love it like we have.”

Updated April 14 at 5:22 p.m. with the asking price and additional details.



reporter@peninsulanewsreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Spring shift in service includes no weekend late night bus services in Greater Victoria

Annual shift into spring sees additional decrease in frequency on multiple routes

Sex workers face new risks during COVID-19 pandemic

‘Desperation has kicked in’ for vulnerable, undocumented workers unable to access help

UVic Vikes new basketball coach on the fast track

At 26, Shalie Dheensaw assumed head coaching role

No more ferries will sail from Departure Bay, Mill Bay, Brentwood Bay during COVID-19 pandemic

B.C. Ferries announces major changes to sailing schedules for 60 days starting Saturday, April 4

Greater Victoria liquor stores see spike in sales amidst COVID-19

Customers are buying go-to products in larger quantities

VIDEO: ‘Used gloves and masks go in the garbage,’ says irked B.C. mayor

Health officials have said single-use gloves won’t do much to curb the spread of COVID-19

Unclear if Cowichan couple refusing to self-isolate will face penalty

No fines or charges have been laid to date, including Cowichan couple who won’t self isolate

POLL: Will you be able to make your rent or mortgage payment this month?

With the COVID-19 delivering a devastating blow to the global economy, and… Continue reading

COVID-19: Postponed surgeries will be done, B.C. health minister says

Contract with private surgical clinic to help clear backlog

Black Press Media ad sparks discussion about value of community newspapers

White Rock resident hopes front-page note shines light on revenue loss during COVID-19 crisis

Nanaimo man arrested after allegedly setting house fire

Firefighters arrived to find mobile home ablaze on Barnes Road in Cedar on Thursday

Businesses advised to prepare for federal, B.C. COVID-19 assistance

Canada Revenue Agency portal expected to open next week

Dogs are property, not kids, B.C. judge tells former couple

Court decision made on competing lawsuits over Zeus and Aurora — a pit bull and pit bull cross

B.C. senior gives blood for 200th time, has ‘saved’ 600 lives

There was no cutting of cake for Harvey Rempel but he’s challenging youth to start donating blood

Most Read