Bernard Boudreau, a Barachois native as well as a bricklayer and mason, was an unlikely candidate to start building a golf course. As of a result of a fall while working at a Nova Scotia paper mill, Bernard injured one of his legs and was no longer able to continue in his current career. Following his accident and while traveling in Maine with his wife, he discovered golf for the first time and thus began his inspiration do design a golf course after realizing there were none in the Shediac area.
Although not an avid player of the game, he couldn't seem to stop building once he started. His first course was the nine-hole facility Shediac Golf Club on the family farm which he opened in 1970 and operated until 1976. Bernard now had the bug and became passionate about the game, still not as player, as a builder.
Bernard spent a lot of time researching and observing various layouts. He used this information and his great love of the outdoors and nature, to come up with his holes' designs. Family vacations were often planned around visits to golf courses to see how they were designed and he used these ideas in his plans.
There was not a lot of earth moving in his designs but the use of what nature provided is evident in the results. And if the first try did not meet his expectations, he changed it. Bernard also loved trees and he managed to leave a few in the most inappropriate places on the course, or so his club members say. He thought golfers needed a challenge.
He oversaw the maintenance of his courses. He provided considerable support to Golf Associations in the region and received a Distinguished Service Award from the Atlantic Golf Course Superintendent Association in 2006.
Bernard's second venture in the world of golf was in the Haute-Aboujagane area which started slowly but ended up as New Brunswick's only 36-hole golf facility, the Pine Needles Golf and Country Club.
The Pine Course was started in 1973 with the first nine holes opening in 1975 with the second nine following in 1978. And even while planning and building the Pine Course, Bernard knew he would continue building.
The River Course started in 1985 and the first nine was opened in 1990 followed by the second nine in 2000. The two nines were integrated into the current layout which is considered by many as one of the top golf challenge in the province.
Today, Pine Needles continues to run smoothly with Bernard's family at the helm. His wife Léa continues on as President while his daughters Julie and Nadine continue their respective work as General Manager and Class-A Superintendent. Together, they strive to keep Bernard's dream a reality.