From Fore To Farm, Baldoon Golf Club Closing

Baldoon Golf Club

A golfer tees off a the 2013 Pete Cram Memorial Golf tournament, hosted at Baldoon Golf Club in Wallaceburg – Photo by Tartan Alumni Fund

Opened in 1930 and operating for close to 85 years, Baldoon Golf Club has been a staple for Wallaceburg, Dresden, Port Lambton, and Walpole Island golfers.

Now however, the course is slated to close, and be converted into farmland, if Chatham-Kent council approves a land use zoning change, when the issue goes to council in September.

According to the Sydenham Current, who originally broke the story, Baldoon’s owners Jim Hawryluk and his wife Mary, have had the course for sale for several years, and although current ownership and management wanted to maintain Baldoon as a golf club, it isn’t feasible.

“We wanted to find a fit for someone to run it as a golf club, and continue on, but unfortunately after several years of looking, it hasn’t happened,” said Melissa Gaylard to the Sydenham Current. “We have found someone who is going to purchase it and it is going to be turned into agriculture, which is one of the better ways for it to go.”

While the course itself, which will close October 31 permanently if the Council decision is passed, is proposed to turn into agricultural land covering nearly 100 acres, Gaylard hopes to sever the clubhouse and continue operating it as a restaurant and banquet facility.

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