The Hollinger Golf Club has preserved many mementos from its century-long history.
Inside the clubhouse, there is a display of old trophies dating back to when the Hollinger was named the Timmins Golf Club.
“I think it’s pretty incredible for us to still have these artifacts and pieces of local history,” said Taylor Dupuis, general manager of golf operation at the Hollinger Golf Club.
Many of these artifacts were being polished and polished in preparation for the club’s 100th anniversary celebration week which kicks off on Sunday.
Taylor said there will be ample opportunity for visitors to “revisit some of the history and basically learn how the Hollinger has come to how we know it today.”
The Timmins Golf Club, as it was originally named, was incorporated on Aug. 9, 1922.
It was established in 1922 by the Hollinger Mine and created as an added incentive for prospective employees to move to Timmins and work for the mine.
After the Hollinger Mine closed and sold the club to its membership in 1974, it was renamed Hollinger Golf Club. In 2001, the Hollinger Golf Club expanded from its original nine-hole facility to include a championship 18-hole course.
The original nine-hole course was closed in 2007 and sold back to the mining company due to mining subsidence issues.
In 2008, Dr. Tony Kos, a family physician in Timmins with a vision of seeing the club return to its former glory, put in a winning bid to purchase the golf course after it had gone into receivership.
In an interview with The Daily Press shortly after the deal closed, Kos fondly recalled working as a caddy at the old Hollinger Golf Club as a youth.
One of his immediate goals as the new owner was to attract more families and introduce junior clinics and programs that would encourage more young people to take up the sport.
“I was born and raised here and I think it’s something good for the community,” Kos said. “I think it’s really a gem in the city. The members like it, the people like it. kilometer from the core of the city.”
Kos noted the club’s origins dating back to 1922 and added, “It’s always been here for the people of Timmins and my intention is to keep it that way.”
Today, the Hollinger Golf Club, located just off 555 Moneta Ave., is promoted as Northern Ontario’s only 18-hole Championship full bent grass golf course. It has a full practice facility that includes a driving range, putting green, and chipping and bunker area.
The course is a Par 72 and plays 6,548 yards from the black tees. It features two distinct nine-hole loops appropriately named the Highlands and the Lakelands.
The Highlands loop features elevated views with holes winding through the Canadian Shield while the Lakelands cut through the lower part of the land where multiple ponds and streams come into play.