Petrolia’s historic golf course changing hands

Heritage Heights in Petrolia

It appears Petrolia’s historic golf course will be in new hands this summer.

Joe Gorzeman – of Crabby Joes and the soon-to-be built Kingswell Hotel – posted a video on the Heritage Heights Facebook page of a golf cart tour over the greens last night.

“This is about as official as it gets right now,” the social media post says adding a news release would be coming soon.

The club has a long history. It was built as a private six-hole course by Jacob Englehart – one of Petrolia’s oil barons – in the 1890s. Then it was called Glenview.

In 1922, it was bequeathed to the Town of Petrolia. A new clubhouse was built in 1965 and a curling rink in 1969.

By 2001, the course expanded to 18 holes around the Glenview Estates.

In 2014, it was sold to Chris and John Williams.

By the spring on 2019, they were facing hard choices. A Facebook post at the time said they had hoped to sustain the operation by developing more lots along the course but that didn’t happen.

“We have given a lot of money and effort into improving the course and clubhouse with the goal of trying to maintain a break even position,” the post read. So, in April, Randy Singh purchased the course.