HISTORY

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Celebrating our past...
GROWING OUR FUTURE

 

"First and foremost, a family oriented club."

Summerlea values camaraderie and friendship amongst our members as one of our defining characteristics.

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The history of Summerlea, as is the case with so many older golf clubs in Canada, began in a location other than where it presently is situated. It was at its original site in Lachine that the club first gained the distinction as one of the finest in the country. 

In 1920, the remnants of the First World War were all but forgotten. The recovery years brought prosperity as the revitalization of Montreal was just taking hold. At the same time, the game of golf was reaching a feverish pitch forcing the Montreal Golf Association to rename its banner as of The Province of Quebec Golf Association.


 

1921

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Land purchased at the site of a former town called “Summerlea”.

Willie Park, Jr., course designer from Scotland, headed the 2-year construction.

1921

1922

Slide2-1922


Summerlea is incorporated and membership grows to 400+ shareholders and 200+ lady members. Temporary clubhouse & 9-holes used for 1st season. Expected completion June 1, 1923 for 27-holes.

DOCUMENT 1
DOCUMENT 2
DOCUMENT 3

1923

Slide3-1923


Official opening ceremonies including the course christening and both men’s & ladies’ competitions. The Summerlea “family-oriented club” was on it’s way!

Jock R. Brown, of Scottish descent, named club professional.

1923

1924

Slide4-1924


Completion of clubhouse, 2 1/2 stories high with verandas on 3 sides.  Its large dining facility could accomodate 125 people.

DOCUMENT 1

1924 Photos Willie Park

1924-1928

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1928 - Letter of Shares

1928 Share letter

1928 Back of Share

1924-1928

1929

Slide6-1929


Market crash and the start of the Great Depression. During the decade of the "Dirty Thirties", over 600 golf clubs across North America closed their doors.  Summerlea struggled onward, through severe financial difficulties.

 

1929 - Article on larger golf ball coming in 1931

1929 News article on larger golf ball coming in 1931

1931

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1931

1935

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DOCUMENT 1 - Letter from RCGA

1935 - Club Fixture List
1935 Fixtures Rules Regs1935 Club Fixture list

1935

1943

Slide11-1943

DOCUMENT 1 - Article about female caddies

DOCUMENT 2 - Article, caddy shortage
1943 News article about caddies

1943

1936-1944

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1946

Slide14-1946


Senator Donat Raymond came into the picture and became the greatest benefactor of the club's history.  

Unselfishly, Raymond purchased the property from the liquidators and leased the club back to the members. One year later, the members again resumed ownership, while Raymond held the mortgage and sat on the Board of Directors.

1946

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1946

1946

Slide16-1946


Walter Lilly replaced Roland Huot as the head professional.

Born in Lachine, Lilly began his association with Summerlea at a very young age and rose through the caddie ranks to become assistant to Professional Jock Brown. His golf career had been temporarily interrupted by the outbreak of World War II in 1939.

1949

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A fire destroyed the clubhouse and all its contents. Once again, Donat Raymond came to the rescue and worked out a suitable arrangement for the club to rebuild.

DOCUMENT - 1949, Emergency meeting after the fire
1949 09 13 Emergency meeting after fire

1949

1949

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1949 Ian Ballantyne  1949 Brian McGuigan

1948-1953

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1948-1953

1953

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 PHOTO 1

PHOTO - Practice area - Labatt Open
1953 Practice area Labatt Open

1953

1953

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PUBLICITY 1 - Ad for the Labatt Open

News article - Labatt Open winner and scores
1953 News article Labatt Open winner and scores

1953

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1953

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1953

1953

1954-1962

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1954-1962

1959

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1961

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With ever increasing taxes and urban expansion encroaching on the club, the Summerlea Directors commissioned Geoffrey Cornish to design two 18-hole courses- the 6,845 yard par-72 Dorion and the 7,005 yard par-72 Cascades. 

1961

1962

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While Cornish was busy shaping the land, the architects firm of Affleck, Desbarats, Dimakopoulas, Lebensold, Michaud & Sise was selected to design the clubhouse.

The proposal of a bright and airy contemporary style is well-received. Positioned at the highest point of a cliff, the clubhouse offered spectacular views from its balconies.

1963

Slide35-1963


Senator Donat Raymond dies, only a few months after the relocation of Summerlea to its new site after being totally consumed by fire.

Walter Lilly retired, in ill health.

ARTICLE 1 - Senator Raymond's death

1963

1964

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With the completion of the clubhouse, the members welcomed the arrival of a new professional, Alan Ogilvie.

Under his supervision, the junior program thrived.

1964-1975

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1964-1975

1976

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Alan Ogilvie was replaced by Bruce Fry, who came from the Hermitage Golf Club in Magog, Quebec, where he worked as an assistant for his father.

1979

Slide39-1979


Duke Doucet replaced Bruce Fry, becoming the sixth head professional at Summerlea. 

Mr. Doucet first arrived at the Club as an assistant to Fry in 1976. 

Not only was Mr. Doucet a successful amateur and professional golfer, he was voted "Professional of the Year" in 1990 and 1992, and also served the golfing community as President and Captain of the Quebec PGA as well as  Director of the Canadian PGA.

TRULY, A SUMMERLEA HERO
AND LEGEND.

PHOTO OF DUKE DOUCET - Tournament 1967 (by Golf Quebec)
1967 DukeDoucetTournois PhotoGOLFQC

1979

1980-1982

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1980

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1980

1980

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1981

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 PHOTO - Johanne Carner at Peter Jackson Classic
  (photo by Bernard Brault)
1981 Johanne Carner at Peter Jackson Classic

1981

1991-1996

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1996

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1996

1999

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Duke Doucet became Director of Golf in 1999 and Jim Vandette became the 7th Head Professional.

Jim had been a junior member of the club, attended university in the Southern U.S., and worked as Associate Pro to Duke for 3 years prior to becoming the Head Pro.

2002

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2006

Slide49-2006

WEB ARTICLE 1 - Canadian Press

PHOTO - Signed Commemorative poster

WEB ARTICLE 2 - Canadian Press
2006 09 02 Lisa Meldrum wins Canadian Tour Championshop Globe and Mail

 

PHOTO - Golf bag signed by participants (located in Summerlea clubhouse)
bag 1          bag 2

 

2006

2008-2012

Slide50-2008-2012

WEB PAGE - Golf Quebec
2008 Graham Cooke Quebec Golf Hall of Fame

 

 

 


 

 

WEB ARTICLE by Rick Young - 2008 Fire in Summerlea clubhouse2008 11 12 Fire at Summerlea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 March 2010 - Article Canadian Golf Hall of Fame
2010 03 04 Graham Cooke Canadian Golf Hall of Fame

 

2012 - ARTICLE 1, GolfNewsNow - Ontario Golf Hall of Fame
2012 Graham Cooke Ontario Golf Hall of Fame Article GolfNewsNow

 

 

2015-2017

Slide51-2015-2017

 WEB ARTICLE, Golf Quebec
2017 Quebec Mid Amateur

2015-2017

2018

Slide52-2018


Tough financial years and industry-wide challenges caused Summerlea membership to decline due to fears of assessment and financial instability.

In August of 2018, Summerlea Golf & Country Club is sold to a group of local businessmen:  Raymond Allard, Jean-Marie Bourassa, Marcel Bourassa, Bernard Lefebvre and Sylvain Ménard.  The new owners commence clubhouse renovations, as well as bringing on board Mr. Marco Jetté as the new General Manager.  Mr. Jetté’s experience and financial expertise, in combination with solid financial backing from the new owners, will help guide Summerlea into a sound future.

2019-2020

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2019-2020

2020

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 PHOTO - Duke Doucet younger years, at Peter Jackson Classic
Duke

WEB PAGE, Golf Quebec
2020 QC Golf Hall of Fame Web page Golf Quebec

2021

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2021

2021

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2022

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 PHOTO - 
L-R: Shawn Farrell (club captain), Marco Jetté (General Manager), John Scott (Superintendent), Olivier Ménard (Winner, 2022 Quebec Amateur), Jean-Marie Bourassa (Summerlea Owner's Group)

Oli Menard winner Quebec Amateur 2022

2022

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