About Us
History


In the early eighties a small group of bow hunters, anxious to have an outdoor facility formed Pineridge Archery. The club was located in the Orono area across from the Darlington Mushroom Farm on Taunton Road. An area known for tobacco farming, the only access to the club was a farmland back road. It was a great piece of property which allowed for a shooting range and a hunting course in the wooded area. Targets of bears, deer and cougars were constructed of tintest and burlap cover. These targets were built by the members and painted by club member artist Shane Wharner to resemble the animals. Slowly the club grew with a membership for hunters only. The Pineridge Club hosted family events and tournaments annually. Archers from the surrounding areas of Peterborough and Cobourg attended to participate in the fun and support archery. During the winter months, the members shot their arrows indoors at shooting lanes in the Bowmanville School gym. The club expanded to two courses, north and south on the same site.

In the early nineties the club had to relocate to another property. The new location was discovered by Jack Penfound and the owner Gordon Corner was pleased to have a family club use his property. The origional clubhouse was moved from Orono to the present location. The club name was changed to Durham Archers. Membership started with approximately forty people increasing to the present number of over one hundred and fifty. With course modifacations, the club has changed over the years from a hunting club to an archery haven which includes a fishing pond. "3D" life size targets spread over two outdoor courses, a practice range, a picnic / barbecue area and scenic wildlife. Durham Archers has this great quality due to the hard work of its committed members under the leadership of past presidents Shane Wharner, Frank Crowell, Ted Fagan, John Logeman, Randy Reid and the current president Bobby Brown.

Written By: Dennis Miller

Our Club


Durham Archers is a family orientated archery club which has been in existence for approximately 20 years. Our clubs members range from age 4 to 78 years and our main mission is to provide a safe facility which would allow us to not only maintain, but to advance the tradition of archery for all ages. Durham Archers membership continues to grow each and every year with the increased interest and enjoyment in the sport of archery.

The club is situtated on a pituresque parcel of land just minutes north of Oshawa, Ontario and east of the GTA which is surrounded by local rolling farm land, rural properties and an adbundance of wild life. The club boasts a groomed 40 target 3D archery course, accompaning practice range and a covered pinic area overlooking it's privately stocked catch and release bass pond. A winding brook filled with small trout meanders downs though middle of the clubs property. The land which is still owned today by the Corner family houses a small building which served at one time as the local school house, still stands today and has been transformed into one of the club houses for it's members. Durham Archers continually stives to promote safe archery with an outdoor flavour. The club is ran exclusively by it's membership who have devoted countless hours of voluntee work throughout the years ensuring the club is properly maintained and continually improved allowing for year long enjoyment for it's members.

Durham Archers is reconized throughout the Ontario archery community as having one of the top 3D archery courses in the province which is strengthened with it's continual drawing of record numbers of both traditional and compound archers from all over Ontario for it's annual tournaments. Durham Archers is embarking on it's 3rd year of hosting an annual Charity 3D archery tournament where all profits from the tournament are given to a locally selected child or family with children who suffer from a disability. "Archers helping those in need".

Archery equipment and lessons are not available at the club, however, there are several local sporting goods and archery shops who are always willing to assist newcomers to the sport or seasoned archers through archery equipment sales, service and lessons for all disciplines of the sport.