Abbotsford's Ledgeview Golf Course loses clubhouse in fire
Police say an earlier, suspicious fire was put out three days ago
The clubhouse at Abbotsford's Ledgeview Golf Club has been all but destroyed in an early morning fire.
Police and the fire department were flooded with calls of a substantial fire at the clubhouse just after midnight. When crews arrived, the building was fully engulfed.
Const. Ian MacDonald of the Abbotsford police says three days earlier someone set fire to the hedges in front of the clubhouse.
My current view as I guard the Ledgeview golf fire scene. Such a shame, great course. <a href="https://t.co/iQYTuS0Uyz">pic.twitter.com/iQYTuS0Uyz</a>—@CstKelly
"Certainly there have been some suspicious incidents in and around the clubhouse in the last few days," Macdonald told CBC News. "We'll allow the fire investigators to determine the cause of this fire."
Ledgeview is located on Sumas Mountain in eastern Abbotsford, and is best known for producing some of the best golf talent in B.C. and Canada, including current PGA professionals Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor and former pros James Lepp and Ray Stewart.
Although the Ledgeview clubhouse is out of commission, the course is fully open and in the best shape I've seen it in years.—@jameslepp
Lepp, who now operates Kikkor golf shoe and apparel company, said he awoke to the news of the fire and drove out to take a look.
"It's been the same little golf clubhouse since 15 years before I started playing there at age four," he said. "I grew up here, I half jokingly said on twitter my childhood home has burned down this morning. I remember going into the pro shop at sunset calling my parents to come pick me up every day. It was basically my babysitter growing up."
Lepp says the fire will undoubtedly affect how the club hosts upcoming events and tournament.
The course, however, remains operational and golfers were teeing off as usual Tuesday morning.