Business as usual for 9-hole course under lease agreement

Eric McCarthy
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ST. FELIX -- Now that he will no longer be managing the St. Felix Golf and Country Club, Claude Gaudette thinks he might actually get to play more rounds of golf.

Gaudette was not only the manager of the nine-hole course for its first 15 years of operation; he was also one of its five shareholders. Managing the course, he confesses, often got in the way of his playing time. He estimates he played no more than 50 rounds since the course opened. He looks forward to seeing those numbers go up.

The shareholders recently agreed to lease the course to Tignish Initiatives on an initial one-year trial basis starting April 1.  Close to 60 people, mostly club members, attended an information meeting at St. Felix Community Centre Tuesday night and gave their nod of approval to the new arrangement.

It will be business as usual, Gaudette confirmed. “Everybody’s encouraged,” he said. “Community-based is better than privately run.”

Floyd Keefe, chairman of Tignish Initiatives confirmed there would be no changes in rates this year. Tignish Initiatives will hire a manager and is also striking a steering committee to oversee the operation of the course.

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