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Northern links: How golf came to Timmins

In this edition of Remember This, the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Center looks back on how one of our favourite pastimes got a foot hold in the North
A colour-tinted postcard showing the Timmins Golf Club and course as it appeared in the 1920s.  The course, which still operates today as the Hollinger Golf Club, remains one of the best spots to play a few rounds in the summertime. Timmins Museum photo

From the Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Center:

Many may already know the lengths the Hollinger Corporation went to in order to transform the community and make it an attractive place to live.

Sponsoring sports as part of promoting healthy, vibrant lifestyles was key and golf was a natural fit combining leisure and brisk exercise. Golf first came to these lands in 1873, brought over by Scottish Immigrants.

The Montreal Golf Club, the first of its kind in the nation, attracted athletes, amateurs and elites who competed and socialized on the links. By the turn of the century golf was experiencing a boom in popularity here, even the Prince of Wales took the time to play a round with the mayor of Montreal during a royal tour in 1919.

In the early 1920s those eager to hit a few balls in town had to contest with rough, recently cleared fairways with more hazards then they probably would have liked.

A proper course was established by the Hollinger Mine near its property in 1922. The Timmins Golf Club had its own well-appointed clubhouse and professionally designed and manicured 9 hole course. This new course was very much a place to mingle freely with all kinds as the club allowed men, women and junior players into the mix, fostering a truly democratic place to enjoy and work on one’s game.

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