I was looking through some old files in my computer and found a few pictures from the old Tillsonburg Golf & Country Club (now known as The Bridges at Tillsonburg). Back when these pictures were taken the course was still just a nice little 9-hole course, however it was about to start work on a second nine (actually 10 new holes, as the original first hole was not part of the 18 hole layout).
I think Tillsonburg G&CC opened up in 1925. For many years the course record was held by the legendary Moe Norman, and if memory serves the record was 59, which is a pretty solid 9-under par (the course was 9 holes, but so you did two loops, first from the white tees and the second time around from the red tees). Moe would have shot his score in a tournament sometime in the early or mid 1950s. My dad says he worked as a caddy that day. I believe Andrew Corner shot the first 58, back around 1995, in fact he might have shot 56.
Unfortunately 2021 was the last year for this course to be 18 holes. The members used to own the course, but the town and investors paid for the expansion. They all sold to a single investor, who then sold to the current owners (You might get a sense of the moral quality of the current owner from his actions during the province’s Covid lockdown). The course will become a 12-hole course, with at least 3 of the holes from the original design becoming a housing development.
I miss the old 9-hole course. All of the members all knew each other, and on a good day you could play 18-holes in just over 3 hours.
For those who remember Tillsonburg G&CC, I hope you like the couple of pictures I found and they bring back some nice memories.