Edelweiss Golf & Country Club was founded in 1985 by Andy and Art Tommy alongside their friend, Reg Lefebvre. The golf course was created to serve as a summer business to accompany the already established Edelweiss Valley Ski Resort. The ski hill was also founded by Andy, Art and Reg, twenty-five years prior, in 1960. The ski resort was sold, forty years later, in the year 2000.
Andy was the most heavily involved in the creation of both the ski hill and the golf course. Meanwhile, Art and Reg were busy managing the famous Ottawa sporting goods store; Tommy & Lefebvre. Together, Andy, Art and Reg contributed immensely to the ski industry and to the development of the sport of ski racing in the National Capital region.
Andy Tommy was a pioneer of the Canadian ski world. He grew up in Ottawa and began his ski career at the Ottawa Ski Club. His two younger brothers, Art and Fred, were also highly competitive skiers. In fact, the Tommy boys came from an already famous Ottawa sporting family. Their father, Andrew Tommy Sr., was a football star in the CFL.
Above: Andy Tommy Jr. (left), Andy Tommy Sr. (middle) and Art Tommy (right)
Incredibly, Andy, Art and Fred would eventually become members of Canada's Alpine Ski Team. Andy was a dominant force in alpine skiing from 1950-60. Surprisingly, the majority of his racing success occurred after he was struck by another racer on the side of the trail at Stowe, Vermont. Andy was put in a coma for over a week due to the accident and doctors did not believe he would ever ski again. He certainly proved them wrong. In 1960, Andy was also the Canadian Olympic Ski Team Manager for the Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley, California.
Above: Fred Tommy (top row, second from right), Nancy Greene (bottom row, third from left), Andy Tommy Jr. (far right)
Golf also became part of Andy's legacy when he founded Edelweiss Golf & Country Club. For over three decades, the Tommy family has owned and operated the golf club. Andy's son, Mike Tommy, is the President of the club and has been for the past twenty-five years. Mike also carried on the family's ski tradition as he is a two-time Canadian champion and a two-time Olympian as well. Unsurprisingly, Mikaela Tommy (Mike's daughter), is an elite ski racer too. Mikaela currently represents the University of Colorado Boulder as she pursues a degree in Environmental Design and has been racing at the World Cup level for seven years!
Above: Mike Tommy (President)
Today, the Tommy family continues to work diligently towards the development of the golf course and the surrounding community. Edelweiss has long served as a wonderful place for people of all ages to make lasting memories.
Edelweiss Golf & Country Club delivers an outstanding outdoor experience and allows its guests to connect with nature in a profound way. The unique and open concept setting of the course delivers breathtaking uninterrupted views of the ski hill and surrounding natural environment.
A Message from the Tommy's
Our mission is to provide residents and visitors of the Capital Region with an unforgettable and affordable golf experience that they will cherish for a lifetime. We believe that our core values which include: family, trust, commitment and care (to name a few), truly empower our team in reaching this goal. We have an impressive track record in supporting a wide array of individuals and organizations along the way. And we carry on that tradition year after year. We take pride in our history and our commitment to the well-being and development of our community. Please enjoy this beautiful oasis we call home. And may future generations love and appreciate it as well.
Welcome to Edelweiss Golf & Country Club!
Andrew "Andy" Tommy Jr. (1932-2004)