Tangle Creek Golf Club in Barrie, Ont., is changing its owners and tweaked its name to Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club.
Veteran Canadian PGA members Rob Mininni, Richard Edmonds and Andrew North have purchased the 18-hole course and its banquet facility. No financial details were disclosed.
“We have been talking about owning a golf course together since high school,” said Mininni, who spent 11 years, the last six as head professional, at the Westview Golf Club in Aurora, Ont.
Mininni, 33, will serve as director of golf.
“It really is a lifetime dream of ours, something that we have talked about over the last 15 years and now we’re ready for the challenge,” said Edmonds, who spent the last six years at Westview as tournament coordinator.
Edmonds will become director of sales and marketing in his new location.
“Together, we have 40-plus years experience in the golf and food and beverage industry. We just decided the time was right to go into business for ourselves. Tangle Creek has everything we were looking for,” says Andrew North, a brother-in-law of Edmonds.
North, 35, worked at Kleinburg Golf and Country Club and Glen Eagle Golf Club and will now become food and beverage manager at Tangle Creek.
The trio started looking for a golf club to purchase last summer and entered into initial discussions with Tangle Creek’s owners in August.
Tangle Creek general manager and co-owner Mark Elliott, 39, died unexpectedly as a result of complications from diabetes last October.
“We never wanted to sell the golf course, but this is the best news for the legacy and Mark’s vision for Tangle Creek,” said co-founder Tom Fischer, who will stay on at the club as a consultant for 2011.
Howie Campbell, a local businessman and owner of the Barrie Colts, has also sold his stake in the club.
“Tangle Creek is a great golf course and we’re looking forward to watching these guys build upon its strong foundation to take the club to the next level,” said Campbell.
Tangle Creek was built on what was Elliott’s parents’ 200-acre beef farm. Its 18 holes were designed by noted Ontario architect Rene Muylaert.
“We are going to keep Mark’s dream alive. The Barrie community has supported Tangle Creek in the past and we are going to deliver a first-class facility with a focus on customer service, atmosphere and building strong relationships,” said Mininni, adding that Tangle Creek plans a memorial tournament in Elliott’s name.
The club’s name is being changed to Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club to reflect its vision of a year-round destination for golf, banquets and other events.