Menno Place recently celebrated the opening of its new putting green and lawn bowling alley. (Submitted photo)

Menno Place recently celebrated the opening of its new putting green and lawn bowling alley. (Submitted photo)

Menno Place in Abbotsford opens new putting green

Seniors’ housing facility also opens lawn bowling alley

Menno Place in Abbotsford celebrated the grand opening of its putting green and lawn bowling alley on July 26.

The site has more than 700 residents and is looking for way to promote healthy and energetic living for seniors.

The putting green and lawn bowling alley – Menno Place’s newest addition to the 11-acre grounds – were made possible thanks to donations from the Menno Place community.

The first two golfers to tee off on the new course were David Klassen, 100, and Bernie Koop, 93. After a lifetime of golfing, the men were thrilled to be back on the links.

After they sunk their first ball, more than 30 seniors and their families played a nine-hole round that afternoon.

Menno Place CEO Karen Baillie thanked those whose donations made the project possible.

“This makes it possible for all ages to have fun together – and that brings another vitality to seniors as families and friends of all ages enjoy spending time together,” she said.

Board chair Gerd Bartel said the putting green and lawn bowling alley are a “beautiful addition” to Menno Place.

“It is so good to be able to have a space where we can play and laugh and enjoy each other.”