Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

Big Sky Golf and Country Club, Canada

Apr 17th
2017

Nestled in the valley floor below the massive cliffs of Mt. Currie in Pemberton lies one of the best golf courses in Canada: Big Sky Golf & Country Club. Opened in 1994, and immediately named to the top 50 in Canada, Big Sky Golf Club combines incredible scenery, phenomenal course conditioning and superb service to give you a golfing experience that is second to none.

Big Sky Golf and Country Club, Canada

Designed by Robert Cupp, Big Sky Golf Club uses water, sand and varying landing areas as it main defences. Each hole offers different challenges and requires players of all abilities to exercise every aspect of their game. With arguably the best kept fairways in BC, and views of snow-capped peaks in every direction Big Sky truly is a course that deserves to be recognized amongst Canada’s elite. But wait, there’s more….

Capilano Golf and Country Club – Canada

Apr 18th
2016

Capilano is in West Vancouver, British Columbia. The stately and grand clubhouse occupies the highest point on the club’s properties. At first glance, the property might have been the most vexing to Thompson as it falls steeply down a hill. But, as with all his courses, Thompson got the routing right. After the first six holes where the golfer has plunged some 300 feet down hill, the golfer could be reasonably wary of a long slog back up a hill at some point. However, Thompson does a masterful job of tacking back up the slope. Other than the uphill medium length par three 9th, the golfer is never conspicuously aware of hitting up a hill.

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The course has remarkable flexibility and has hosted numerous professional events. The course features many half par holes including the 1st, 3rd, 10th, and 16th holes. As befitting a course situated on such unique property, the course enjoy sits own distinctive flow. The first six holes are aesthetically very pleasing. By plunging the golfer steeply down the 1st and the 6th, Thompson diffused a lot of the property’s potential awkwardness. But wait, there’s more…

Highlands Links Golf Club, Canada

Aug 18th
2014

Unlike most of the classic courses in North America, the idea to bring golfers to the remote eastern province of Nova Scotia was formed during the depression years of the 1930’s, the National Park Services of Canada hoping to stimulate tourism interest in Cape Breton Island by building a world-class golf course within its stunning Highlands National Park.

Highlands Links Golf Club, Canada

Course architect Stanley Thompson spent weeks studying aerial photographs of the park and scouring a property boasting an abundance of breathtaking ocean, river and mountain views to find his ideal layout. Despite clear instructions, much of the land he selected for his holes actually sat outside the boundaries of the National Park, but Thompson convinced authorities to forcibly acquire land from more than 20 landowners and then eased their pain by ensuring all were compensated and offered jobs during the construction process. But wait, there´s more…

Environmental Golf Courses #5 – SilverTip Golf Course, Alberta, Canada

May 9th
2011

Another Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary course, SilverTip is set before the Canadian Rockies and in 2008 its superintendent earned a GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Award for balancing high-altitude habitat concerns with high expectations for aesthetics and playing conditions.

The award recognizes golf course superintendents and their courses for conservation and environmental education efforts, water quality and wildlife management, and low-chemical input pest management.

The momentum to green is growing, but nearly 2 billion gallons of water are still used each year to irrigate 1.5 billion acres of greens, tees, fairways, and rough in the United States alone, according to the GCSAA’s Environment Institute for Golf. That’s enough to supply about 50 million people in the U.S. with household water for a day. Most courses still rely on about 150 pounds of potentially polluting nitrogen and 65 pounds of phosphate per acre every year to maintaining that lush green look.

“I don’t want to portray the story that everything is rosy,” says GCSAA Environment Director Gregory Lyman. “But we are driven to get better.”

Tasha Eichenseher (source – National Geographic – “National Geographic News series on global water issues.

Bigwin Island Golf Course, Canada

Oct 25th
2010

Bigwin Island Golf Course in on Lake of Bays, in the Muskoka District of Ontario, Canada, was designed by world renowned golf course architect Doug Carrick. Originally laid out in 1922 as a 9-hole course, by by Stanley Thompson it was expanded to 18 holes within a few years. Bigwin Island was the big swinging place to spend the summer back in the 1920s and 30s, built on a grand scale Bigwin was very much a symbol of the elegance and excess of this era in history. In the 1940’s, the resort welcomed a retinue of stars and celebrities, from famous Hollywood couple Clark Gable and Carole Lombard to such illustrious writers as Ernest Hemingway and H.G. Wells. It was a favorite haunt of the Rockefellers, Princess Juliana of the Netherlands stayed for a visit, and Canadian Prime Ministers including John Diefenbaker often summered there.

Bigwin Island Golf Club course itself is a par 72 championship layout measuring 7,166 yards from the championship tees. Bigwin Island Golf Club course is designed to provide challenge and enjoyment to golfers of all skill levels with a variety of tee locations measuring 6,742 yards from the blue tees, 6,287 yards from the white tees and 5,346 yards from the red tees. Each of Bigwin Island Golf Club’s nine is a par 36 consisting of two par threes, two par fives and five par fours. Every hole is surrounded by mature hardwoods, creating a sense of maturity and character typically found on the great classic courses built during the early 1900’s. The holes are routed in a variety of directions over the undulating island terrain, creating constantly changing shot values, wind directions and challenges.

The course was voted the “Best New Canadian Golf Course” by Golf Digest (Jan. 2002). #6 Best Golf Course in Canada by Score Golf (July 2004), #2 in Ontario by Bogey Man’s Best (Toronto Star Golf Guide 2005), The Most Thrilling Driving Hole in Canada 6th Hole, Bigwin Island Golf Club (Globe and Mail Golf Guide 2005), among other prestigious awards.

Golf under the Midnight Sun

Jun 20th
2010

For those of you who enjoy the emotion involved in a game of golf you will know its not just about hitting a ball around the course. While playing the course you are surrounded  by nature and in some places by breathtaking views!

Does playing golf under a midnight sun seem strange to you? It might be more common that you might think, the midnight sun is a phenomenon that occurs within the Arctic Circle or very close to it. In fair weather, the sun can be seen in the sky all night long during the summer months and at the poles themselves, the sun only rises and sets once a year. Courses are open almost the 24 hours of the day and tee times can range from 5 a.m. until nearly midnight, it is not uncommon to see players starting their round at 9 pm in the evening.

In countries like Canada (Yukon), Finland, Norway (north of the country), Sweden (northernmost part), Denmark (Greenland) and U.S.A (Alaska) during the influence of the Article Circle summer you will experience 24 hours of daylight, and playing golf under the midnight sun will be an unforgettable experience. Seasons vary according to the areas and can be experienced from June to August in northern Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway & Sweden), May through September in The Alaska and May until July in Finland.

If you’re a golfer looking for a truly unforgettable experience try your luck under the light of the midnight sun, nothing is quite as it should be in the North: green lights appear in the sky, legends of strange beasts abound, and come summer, the sun shines at night.