Chad McAdie (left) and Jared Rempel (right) are the new management team at the Cheam Mountain Golf Centre. ERIC J. WELSH/ THE PROGRESS

Best friends take over management of Cheam Mountain Golf Course

Jared Rempel and Chad McAdie have reached a management agreement with the City of Chilliwack.

Jared Rempel and Chad McAdie were out for a round on the Cheam Mountain Golf Course Monday night when Rempel suddenly started laughing.

“Why are you laughing?” McAdie asked.

“This is our golf course,” Rempel replied with a grin as he did a sweeping 360 spin. “We have a golf course.”

The best friends and Chilliwack natives have always dreamed about running a golf course together, and now they do. Three weeks ago they reached a management-agreement with the City of Chilliwack, which owns the property and buildings.

“We’ve reached an agreement to run it for the next five years with the option to do it for another five after that,” Rempel explained. “We’re in charge of the golf course, the pro shop, the driving range, the restaurant — everything you see from the moment you drive into the parking lot is up to us.

Rempel, 30, and McAdie, 43, have taken on a monumental task.

Tuesday afternoon McAdie was out on the course punching and sanding greens. Rempel was in the freshly painted pro shop, looking out a window at the driving range building.

“A lot of our initial investment is into that building because the roof and walls were leaking and rotting,” Rempel said. “We’ve had to put a new roof on it and re-frame the wall.

“Not a lot of money was put into the property last year so a lot of normal maintenance wasn’t done.”

The only equipment Rempel and McAdie inherited from previous management was a tractor, range picker and a utility vehicle.

“We bought a new rough mower, fairway mower and greens mower from Sandpiper because they got new owners and new equipment out there,” Rempel noted. “It’s great we could work out a deal to get their stuff.

As Rempel talked, 81 year old Ken Wood wandered into the pro shop. He wanted to grab a coffee in the restaurant, but it won’t be ready to open until May 1.

He grabbed a rate sheet and mused about joining the senior men’s league.

“The sucess of this place depends on who’s looking after it and if you want to make money you have to spend money,” he said before wandering away. “But this place used to really be something.”

Rempel remembers better times for the course in the 1990s.

“I was a junior member and only 12 or so at the time, so it didn’t register how busy it was then, but people talk about not being able to book a time for men’s night because it was so full.” Rempel said. “You’d have four or five groups waiting on the first tee, and we think it can be that way again.

Cheam’s advantage is its layout.

The par-three course appeals to golfers who want 18 holes and don’t have time or desire to play through a full-length course.

“We see this as place you can go to for a quicker round of golf and maybe some beers with your friends,” Rempel said.

“There are a lot of people who are curious about what’s going to happen here and I think when people come out and see things are improving, word will spread quickly.”

Email cheammountaingolfcourse@gmail.com.

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