Fifty years ago, Amberwood Village Golf and Country Club was nothing more than marshland and series of beaver ponds. It had once been a working farm, but beavers had done their work on Poole Creek and the water in some areas was four feet deep. Developer Jack Johannsen had a long-term vision to build a resort-style, adult community in the Ottawa area. In the mid-60s, he signed a 10-year agreement to purchase the farmland, but without a sewer system in Stittsville, his plan was delayed almost a decade until one was in place. The community then had a population of 3,000—less than a tenth of what it is today. There were no big box stores, or restaurants or large shopping malls.
Jack’s plan was to entice buyers with this drawing card—a challenging nine-hole golf course, a pool, tennis courts and a posh clubhouse with racquetball courts and other amenities.The golf course and the clubhouse drew buyers to the community, in part, because the community would own it. That was his promise. In 1986, when he turned it over to the not-for-profit Amberwood Village Recreation Association (AVRA) for the sum of $1.00
Today, it is still collectively owned by the association. A little more than half of the 788 households in Amberwood have chosen to be members. And, the once private club is now open to the public.
If you live in Amberwood Village and would like to become a member of AVRA, please contact AmberwoodVillage1981@gmail.com for more information.