Where there is heavy competition, there is often opportunity and it appears that one very sound golf property, the Tarandowah Golfers Club, is making a move in the market.
Tarandowah, located not far from London, Ontario has been a very successful operation. It is regarded as one of the best values in the province with a quality course, reasonable rates, as well as being open for more of the year than just about any golf course in Ontario.
They are looking to bring that success to another property with recent news.
On Tuesday (Jan. 31) the club announced that they had entered into an agreement to acquire nearby Mount Elgin Golf Club. Mount Elgin is a public golf course located not far from Tarandowah. It is located just to east, south of Ingersoll, Ontario.
“Mount Elgin is very complementary to Tarandowah and is a great fit for the existing members of both clubs, as well as the public golfer seeking great value for their golfing dollar,” said Bryan Row, General Manager and owner of Tarandowah, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. “With its clubhouse, range and golf course built for fun, Mount Elgin presents some great opportunities for us to expand on. This gives us a great opportunity to improve the golf experience at the club.”
Mount Elgin owner Theo Versteegh, who ran the course for nearly three decades, said the property is in good hands. “We wish to sincerely thank all our members past and present for their support and friendship,” he said. “We are confident that we have passed the torch to a group that will provide the product that you have come to expect.”
As part of the arrangement, members at both clubs will have access to Tarandowah and Mount Elgin.
Mount Elgin is a parkland course that plays as a par 71, and is 5,903 yards from the back tees, with two additional practice holes. The course has an extensive driving range and clubhouse.
Row said plans are underway to make some improvements to Mount Elgin, noting that the club’s superintendent, Steve Phillips, previously worked with Tarandowah’s keeper of the greens, Dan Lavis.
“Mount Elgin is a very different course from Tarandowah, and that makes it a great fit for us,” says Row. “Our members are going to enjoy it there, and Mount Elgin members can now have some access to Tarandowah. We are confident the pairing will help us grow business at both courses in an exciting fashion.”
The acquisition is effective immediately, and a new website and logo are already being devised for Mount Elgin.