Kingswell Glen Golf Club
Kingswell Glen Golf Club is a semi-private course tucked away in the idyllic town of Petrolia, Ontario. It originally opened as Glenview Golf Club in 1895 — a six-hole course that was inspired by St. Anne’s in Scotland and founded by Jake Englehart for his fellow oil barons, the rich, and the famous.
Abandoned oil wells and historic pump rigging are still visible on the course today.
In the early days, when Petrolia was “dry,” the golf course’s clubhouse was a popular spot. The original clubhouse was built on Queen Street, but then torn down in 1965 because it had become too small and too noisy for neighbours.
Eventually another clubhouse was built, and in 2001 the course expanded to its current 18 hole layout, with the new nine being built within the Glenview Estates subdivision.
From Glenview Golf Club, to Glenview Golf and Curling Club, to Heritage Heights Golf Club, and now…
Golf is about more than the birdies and bogies.
It’s about getting outside, moving your body, and challenging yourself. It’s about sharing laughs and drinks; making memories and friends. Golf is about commitment and improving your game — it teaches you that you always have another chance to do better.
We want to support the town of Petrolia.
At Kingswell Glen we are committed to providing an experience that goes beyond golf. We want to create a space that nurtures meaningful connection, supports the local community, and brings people together to have some (much-needed and socially distanced) fun in the beautiful outdoors.
To disrupt the industry status quo.
We don’t want to be like the other golf clubs. We want Kingswell Glen to be known as a friendly, welcoming club that provides an exceptional game of golf and social experience for the whole family, while building a sustainable and beautiful course that integrates with the natural landscape of our beautiful town.
By cultivating an environment that’s focused on community, connection, and inclusion, we hope to attract members and guests who are committed to that vision — and will work as hard as we do to uphold the character and integrity of the club.
Who we are
Have you met the Gorzemans?
You may recognize Jenna or Joe Gorzeman from around town — whether you’ve crossed paths with Jenna at Crabby Joe’s (pre-Corona, of course) or run into Joe (not the Crabby one…) traipsing from one entrepreneurial adventure to another — we’re both proud to have called Petrolia home since day one, and are grateful that our three boys get to do the same.
No matter where life has taken us, we’ve always ended up back here.
With a passion for hospitality (Jenna), golf (Joe), and adventure (both of us!) we’ve had the immense privilege of travelling the world for both work and play.
We spent several years exploring other countries, independently and together. But eventually we realized that like Jake Englehart’s original vision back in 1891, what we really wanted to do was bring the energy and fun that we experienced in our travels back to our hometown…where we wanted to put down roots.
But this isn't
just about the golf.
What we really want to do is make Petrolia a better (and more fun!) place to live.
And we want to do that by creating spaces that nurture connection and have a positive impact on the surrounding community — because a community is as healthy as the connection its members able to foster within it, and that’s something that’s always made Petrolia special.
We’re just trying to do our part to honour that tradition, and continue the legacy. So thank you again for your continued support.
Every time you choose to spend your hard-earned money at a locally-owned business, you’re infusing our beautiful slice of SouthWestern Ontario with the energy and vitality that will keep us moving forward — and we couldn’t be more grateful.
We are really looking forward to getting to know you, and are very excited about the changes that are coming…we hope you are too.
See you on the course! The Gorzemans