Veteran superintendent Jim Gammage credited for course's superior conditioning
July 11, 2023 By Turf & Rec
The Ridgetown Golf & Curling Club, in Chatham-Kent, Ont., is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year.
Acquired by Golf North in 2016, the golf course is the corporation’s only facility that also has curling sheets. Golf North vice-president Doug Breen, a former golf course superintendent, will be on hand at the club July 23 to take part in a special ceremony to mark the club’s historic occasion.
Ridgetown general manager Doug Paling has given credit to longtime superintendent Jim Gammage for the course’s superior conditioning. Gammage began working at the club at the age of 13 as a caddie.
The golf course is known for its wide fairways and small greens which present a challenge to golfers. It was originally built on donated farmland, but relocated a few years later to another agricultural property, opening as a nine-hole course. It expanded to 18 holes in 1954 and currently plays to almost 6,100 yards.
Golf North owns 40 golf courses in Ontario.
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