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  • 1. 2 0 1 0 S E A S O N P R E V I E W TIGER RETURNS WONDERFUL AFTER HIS WALES CAREER CRISIS He’s back Welsh golf takes centre stage ST. GEORGE’S The Canadian Open is back in T.O. MAPS! EXPANDED LISTINGS: MORE THAN 500 COURSES
  • 2. 2 0 1 0 S E A S O N P R E V I E W HAIL WALES By Jim Byers The hosts for the 2010 Ryder Cup offer a stunning array of golf Page 52 PHOTO COURTESY OF VISIT WALES Cover story TIGER BACK Features ON THE PROWL Bogeyman’s Ontario 6 By Dave Perkins Tiger Woods seeks Island greens 21 to put his troubles behind him Page 19 The next big things 24 ▼ Star Amateur 26 If they build it . . . 48 ALBERTA BOUND By Jim Byers Tour schedule 51 Golf in the Rockies is like Hail Wales 52 no place on earth Page 12 ▼ Chip shots 57 Marketplace 58 MANAGING HIS GAME GORGEOUS GEORGE By Richard By Daniel Girard Griffin After a 42-year absence, Blue Jays skipper the Canadian Open returns Cito Gaston finds to Toronto and venerable his relief on the St. George’s Page 8 ▼ golf course Page 16 Cover photo: ▼ David Cannon/Getty Images
  • 3. CANADIAN OPEN After 42 years, the Canadian Open returns to Toronto and once again grand old St. George's plays host By Daniel Girard Gorgeous GEORGE c Canada’s biggest golf tournament is finally returning to the country’s largest city. For the first time since 1968, the RBC Cana- dian Open will be staged in Toronto this year. Once again, St. George’s will host the event, which runs from July 22 to 25. event came to town. Today’s professionals are hitting the ball farther and more accurately than 40 years ago. The game’s popularity among fans has exploded, thanks to Tiger Woods, and more people are playing. The population of the GTA But the similarities end there. also has risen sharply, making neighbouring In 1968, Bob Charles of New Zealand beat streets much busier. Jack Nicklaus by two shots to become the first All three factors are affecting the planning of lefty to win the Canadian Open at the Stanley the tournament. Thompson-designed gem. He pocketed “St. George’s is a golf course that gives us $25,000 (all figures U.S.) of a total purse of challenges and opportunities like no other,” $125,000. The champion of the says tournament director Bill 2010 tournament will receive Paul of the RCGA. “You really $900,000 of the $5 million have to use your creativity up for grabs. outside the gates be- But it’s more than cause there’s no way PHOTOS BY RENE JOHNSTON/TORONTO STAR prize money that’s this can work if we’re dramatically different only dealing with the since the last time the golf club.” In 1968, Bob Charles slayed the dragon, and Jack Nicklaus. 8 TORONTO STAR GOLF 2010
  • 4. TRAVEL TRAVEL The term natural hazard took on a whole new meaning for a Toronto Star reporter at Kananaskis Country’s Mt. Kidd course last summer. c It was a great line, but we were quickly Hawaii, with the blue Pacific beckoning told it was highly unlikely we’d catch sight of your white Titleist to come for a swim. And any grizzly bears. We’d seen elk and deer golf in the British Isles is magic, as my expe- and ground squirrels and ravens the size of a rience in Wales last October confirmed (see Smart Cars, but one local resident said he’d page 52). But it’s hard to beat the majesty of lived in Canmore for 37 years and never towering, ancient spires of rock and pine “Cue the grizz.” seen a grizzly bear. trees, with crisp mountain air, sparkling Two days later, a group of us were on the streams and vistas that stretch for miles in All week long it was the running fourth hole at Kananaskis Country’s Mt. the Canadian Rockies. joke among a group of journalists Kidd course, looking down from an elevated Still, this magnificent setting isn’t without PHOTOS BY JIM BYERS/TORONTO STAR tee to an island-style green, when a Toronto its challenges for greenskeepers. visiting Alberta golf clubs in the Star reporter spotted something large and “This is one of the only places in the world brown strolling quietly on a stony bank where a superintendent has to have majored Rockies last summer. As some of us toward the Kananaskis River. Sure enough, in dealing with elk urine,” said Simon Jones waited to tee off at the majestic it was a grizzly and her cub, making their of Banff Springs. “They can be messy. But way from the woods to the fourth green. you learn to deal with them.” Banff Springs club on a drizzly day, We all stood, transfixed and utterly Folks here are careful to advise adven- the sun shyly peeked through the astonished. turous tourists to stay away from bears (no “Cue the grizz,” someone said, and we kidding) and not to assume a 1,200-pound gloom and we could see the dissolved in laughter. elk with antlers as wide as a Buick wants to Silvertip, nestled on the slopes of Mount Lady Macdonald near Canmore, Alta., features 600 feet of elevation change and spectacular views. It’s pretty unlikely visitors will be graced have its picture taken from 10 feet away. So towering grey mountains. It was a by anything as magnificent as a grizzly bear pack a telephoto lens along with your Big Hitting the lovely shot, and one of the folks on on a trip to the Rockies. But the six courses Bertha. that have banded together to market them- Here’s a rundown on the Rocky Moun- Range the tee box laughed and suggested it When teeing it up selves as the Rocky Mountain Golf Consor- tain courses: had all been staged for us by the tium don’t need exotic wildlife to make in the Rockies, themselves a worthy destination. FAIRMONT JASPER PARK local tourism folks. Courses in Ontario, British Columbia and The story goes that legendary Canadian it’s always wise to let “Okay,” he said to one of the tour the Maritimes tend to hog the golf magazine designer Stanley Thompson, in one of his headlines. But there are some outstanding spunkier moments, sculpted the par-3 ninth the bears play through officials. “We’ve seen everything tracks in Alberta. Calgary and Edmonton in the shape of a voluptuous woman and have plenty of good courses, but folks from called it Cleopatra. More conservative types now. You guys have it all arranged. Ontario, not to mention the U.S., Japan or at Jasper were appalled and forced a change By Jim Byers Cue the grizzly.” Australia, come to this part of the world to in design. Standing on the elevated tee and see mountains, not prairies or rolling hills. looking down, it’s easy to imagine how it And these six courses have tall peaks in might have looked, but male golfers these spades. days will have to get their thrills by making There’s nothing finer than teeing off in par. The views of Pyramid Mountain from 12 TORONTO STAR GOLF 2010 GOLF 2010 TORONTO STAR 13
  • 5. A GOLFING LIFER A GOLFING LIFER Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston has fallen in love with golf By Richard Griffin Managing his Game w When Cito Gaston finally steps aside as the Blue Jays’ manager at the end of the 2010 season, he already knows what the next part of his life team golf tourna- ment, so I started playing there. I won a trophy for the worst score.” Gaston, a native of San Antonio, Texas, has in store. A contract was signed by the extension, agreed to in Milwaukee Braves in late November, will 1963 and got to room keep him on course as with his childhood senior adviser for the hero, Henry Aaron, in Jays for four more his brief time with the PHOTOS BY RENE JOHNSTON/TORONTO STAR years. His golf bag will Cito Gaston plays most of his golf in Florida, but puts big club after the Hawaii at the top of his wish list. keep him on the course franchise moved to for life. Such is his passion for a sport he took Atlanta. He was drafted by the expansion up relatively late, in his mid-20s. Padres in 1968 and remained with San Diego “I was playing in San Diego,” Gaston for six seasons before returning to the recalled of his time as an outfielder with the Braves to finish out his career. By that time Padres from 1969-74. “We used to have a he was a golf fanatic. 16 TORONTO STAR GOLF 2010 GOLF 2010 TORONTO STAR 17
  • 6. COVER STORY Tiger Woods will need a thicker skin, and perhaps a new 9-iron, on tour this year. TIGER back on the prowl But this time he’s gunning for Bear, not booty By Dave Perkins In any other year, the buzz in the early part of the PGA Tour season might be about . . . what? The new restrictions on grooves? The sputtering status of any number of ABOVE: MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS title sponsors? Rickie Fowler’s future? Naturally, the answer is none of the above, because this isn’t any other year in one major regard: Everyone knows when, but no one knows how Tiger Woods will come back. GOLF 2010 TORONTO STAR 19
  • 7. TRAVEL Island Greens Tropical tracks to get you Caribbean dreamin’ By Ian Cruickshank and Jim Byers PHOTOS BY JIM BYERS/TORONTO STAR t The par-3 16th at the Green Monkey in Barbados, one of the most beautiful layouts in the Caribbean. Don’t forget your camera. The siren song of the Caribbean has long tacular coastlines in the Dominican lured Canadians to its sunny climes, many Republic, as well as Jamaica, Barbados with their Callaways in tow. Golf’s roots and other ports of call. New courses are run deep in the islands, but in the last being planned all over couple of decades things have really taken the Caribbean. Here’s a off. There are glittering courses on spec- look at some island beauties. GOLF 2010 TORONTO STAR 21
  • 8. TRAVEL TRAVEL Sluggers Babe Ruth and John Daly both found a watery grave trying to cut the corner SIMPLY on the fifth at Mid Ocean in Bermuda EXCEPTIONAL visit our website www.golfdeercreek.com/golf DOMINICAN REPUBLIC valleys. (The course winds past the late For all of our special offers! Along with China, over the past five years the Johnny Cash’s estate. The Man in Black used Dominican Republic has been busy keeping to take the occasional spin in his own golf the golf boom alive. The DR is now home to cart, stopping to chat with surprised golfers.) nearly 30 layouts, with the newest additions Outside of Montego Bay, there are a being designed by major league names such couple of courses worth investigating as Fazio, Faldo, Nicklaus and the Dye family. including the Sandals club, which curls Most of the new tracks are concentrated through the high ground above the sea, and on the east side of the country, including Ocho Rios. (Players here have ranged from two terrific Nicklaus courses at the Cap Ian Fleming, who wrote his James Bond Cana Resort and a new Fazio layout at the novels at Goldeneye, his home at the nearby Puntacana Resort. (It already boasts La Cana, a memorable layout that zig-zags bottom of the hill, to Canadian super- chanteuse Celine Dion.) Stanley Thompson WHAT’S NEW? between the ocean and the resort.) Also in devotees will want to investigate Constant • Walk the Championship the area is the Westin Roco Ki, a Nick Faldo Spring in the suburbs of Kingston, which North Course starting at $60! design. While Faldo the player was known the master designed in the 1920s. as The Mechanical Man, his course at Roco • FREE Corporate Membership Ki is cutting edge, punctuated with cliffs BERMUDA when you book a Shotgun and crashing white water. You’ve got to love a place that boasts more Tournament! The Dominican’s most famous golf stop is golf per square kilometre than any other • Play FREE on your Birthday the Casa de Campo resort in La Romana, country in the world and, in fact, offers at Deer Creek Golf & where for nearly 40 years Pete Dye’s evoca- more golf courses than fast food outlets. Banquet Facility tively named Teeth of the Dog course has Bermuda is home to eight layouts including been ranked No. 1 in the Caribbean. The a couple of classics. Jack Nicklaus once The windswept par-3 13th at the Jack Nicklaus- us- des designed Punta Espada course at Cap Cana, Dominican Republic. There’s worse places to lose a ball. UPCOMING EVENTS resort sports two more outstanding Dye called Port Royal the best public golf course designs, including the ominous Dye Fore in the world. The government-owned THE DEER CREEK which is perched above the wild River course is even better with a recent renova- visitors love the sensational sea views. Its drives but a bad approach will skid off the ST. LUCIA ACADEMY Chavron valley. tion that added nearly 300 yards. The best most famous hole is the fifth, a dogleg that dome-shaped greens to certain doom. Sometimes a golf course takes your breath The DR’s unsung beauty is Playa Grande, hole is the 16th, a 238-yard monster par-3, wraps around a pond where big sluggers After the seventh hole, get your camera away despite being oversold and over- OPEN HOUSE! outside the town of Cabrera on the isolated where it looks like a good sneeze will send from Babe Ruth to John Daly have unsuc- and proceed to the area behind the green — romanticized. And sometimes you have a Saturday April 17th, 2010 north coast. Opened in ‘97, it was the last your ball tumbling off the green and over cessfully tried to cut the corner. and hope you have batteries and a wide- great time at a golf course because it’s so layout ever designed by Robert Trent Jones the cliff into Whale Bay. If you haven’t been to Bermuda in a while, open memory card in your pocket. The 16th much better than you expected. “Best Practice Facility in GTA” and a fitting farewell for one of the game’s Mid Ocean is a tony private club where try the new Tucker’s Point course, which is is the signature hole, a downhill par-3 with a The St. Lucia Golf Resort and Country “Best Teaching Facility in GTA” most influential architects, with 10 holes members include Oscar winner Michael just a 5-iron from Mid Ocean. In its bunker on the right that features a patch of Club definitely fits into the latter category. It “Best 9 Hole Executive Par 3” hugging the clifftops. Douglas and the nearby neighbourhood previous incarnation it was known as Castle grass carved into the shape of a monkey. doesn’t look like much as you scan its features billionaire politicians such as Harbour, but has been completely reno- White clouds and pink bougainvillea, website from a desktop computer in JAMAICA Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi vated by Rulewich and, like its neighbour, is impossibly green grass and the blue Toronto. And, sadly, it’s not a layout that runs GLEN CEDARS The best collection of courses in the and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. hilly with inspiring lookouts to the Atlantic Caribbean in the distance, this place is along the ocean, so you don’t get to enjoy Celebrating 42 years with Caribbean are clustered around Montego Mid Ocean allows some afternoon play and ocean. simply magnficent. views of the Caribbean or the Atlantic, which Bay on Jamaica’s northwest coast. The They only allow public play for an hour meet at the north end of the island. But it $42 Green Fee Tuesdays group includes Tryall, Cinnamon Hill, BARBADOS each morning. It’s $385 (U.S.) if you’re does have an interesting variety of holes, WEBSITES White Witch and Half Moon Bay, originally Green Monkey might be the loveliest trop- staying at the ultra-swank Sandy Lane hotel, plenty of elevation changes and small, chal- DEER CREEK GOLF laid out by Robert Trent Jones and more ical course you’ll ever play that’s not right on $4,000 for a foursome of non-residents. lenging greens that more than make up for & BANQUET FACILITY ■ www.godominicanrepublic.com recently renovated by his right-hand man the water. You can also play the country club course, the lack of length, just 6,685 yards. There’s Roger Rulewich, which stretches to more ■ www.visitjamaica.com They make remarkable use of the old which is quite attractive, for about $250. also water on 11 holes to test your game. OPEN HOUSE! than 7,000 yards and is one of the few walls from the limestone quarry that once Royal Westmoreland, not far from the A yardage book or a better scorecard Sunday April 25th, 2010 courses in the Caribbean where golfers can ■ www.bermudatourism.com occupied the land, and it has a bit of a Green Monkey on the west coast, also would help, but it’s still a fun course to play. walk. The prettiest layout is Cinnamon Hill, Niagara Escarpment in the tropics feel to it. accepts guests for part of the day. There’s There’s a nine-hole course that’s part of the “2 of The Top 18 Holes in GTA” ■ www.visitbarbados.org which kicks off at the site of an 18th century There are lots of bunkers, shaved green- lots of exposed coral and lovely landscaping. Sandals resorts on the island, and there are plantation, dips past a long stretch of beach, then hopscotches through the local hills and ■ www.stlucia.org side collars and slick putting surfaces to deal with. You can be a touch wayward with your There is also a great downhill finish on the 18th hole. plans for more layouts. But, for now, this is the only 18-hole course on St. Lucia. ■ 905.427.7737 www.golfdeercreek.com/golf 22 TORONTO STAR GOLF 2010 GOLF 2010 TORONTO STAR 23
  • 9. PRIVATE COURSES HAMILTON,NIAGARA, NEAR- NORTH,GTA AR- NO A1 2 PARRY 518 3 60 Dwight 60 SOUND Huntsville These clubs are open to members and their 49. Magna (D2) — 14780 Leslie St., Aurora; 71. Sleepy Hollow (D3) — 13242 10th Line, Sleep 35 guests only. In rare instances, some daily 905-726-3456; 18/7,307/72/141; N of Stouffville; 905-640-2426; 68 play may be permitted, but these are the www.magnagolf.com 18/6,204/72/127; 18/6, 141 7 Dorset exception. Golfers are advised to check in 50. Mandarin (D3) — 11207 Kennedy Rd., y www.sleepyhollowgolf.on.ca www advance. Markham; 905-887-9887; 72. Spring Lakes (D3) — Stouffville Rd., Sprin Georgian 56 11 Bay 65 45 66 Port Carling Course statistics are for number of 18/6,728/71/136; W of Hwy 48; 905-640-3633; 117 holes/yardage/par/slope rating. (*) means www.golfmandarin.com East – 18/6,910/ 72/124; 51. Maple Downs (D2) — 11101 Dufferinferin North – 18/6,400/71/132; Nort 4 yardage and par for an average 18-hole 169 Bracebridge round at facilities with more or fewer than St., Maple; 905-832-0880; South – 18/6,400/71/124. Sout 118 B 18 holes. Please check with the club for 18/6,640/72/133; 73. St. Andrew’s East (D3) — 14022 A other facilities that may be offered. For www.mapledowns.com McCowan Rd., Stouffville; McCo private clubs in the London and East of the 52. Markland Wood (E2) — 245 Marklandkland 905-640-4444; 18/6,805/72/136; 905-6 www.standrewseast.com www 400 Gravenhurst GTA Areas, please see regional maps on Dr., Toronto; 416-621-2260; pages 36 and 42. 18/6,238/70/127; 74. St. Catharines (F3) — 70 Westchester C www.marklandwood.com Ave., off Hwy 406; 905-682-8681; 1. Barrie (C2) — 635 St. Vincent St. N., 53. Meadowbrook (D3) — 11939 Warden rden 18/6,792/72/130; www.stgcc.com 18/6, between Barrie & Midhurst; 705-728- Ave., S of Stouffville Rd.; 75. St. George’s (D2) — 1668 Islington G MIDLAND Washago 4802, 705-737-2744; 18/6,880/72/139; 905-887-5361; *27/6,930/71/131; 1; Ave., Etobicoke; 416-231-3393; www.barriecountryclub.com www.meadowbrookgolf.net 18/7,025/71/133; www.stgeorges.org 18/7, 45 Norland Nottawasaga 2. Bayview (D2) — 23 Fairway Heights Dr., 54. Mississaugua (E2) — 1725 Mississauga issauga 76. Stati Creek (D3) — 12657 Woodbine Station Meaford 169 Bay 35 Thornhill, 905-889-4833; Rd., N of QEW; 905-278-5281; Ave., Gormley; 905-888-1219; 12 18/7,043/72/134; 18/7,098/72/133; North – 18/6,395/70/124; Nort Thornbury 93 Coboconk www.bayviewclub.com www.mississauguagolf.com South – 18/6,909/72/128; Sout ORILLIA 12 3. Beacon Hall (D2) — 400 Beacon Hall 55. Mono Hills (D2) — 20th Sideroad,d, www.clublink.ca www 32 26 92 C Dr., Aurora; 905-841-9122; 9611; Airport Rd. & Hwy 89 ; 519-940-9611; 77. Summit (D2) — 11901 Yonge St., Sum COLLINGWOOD WASAGA BEACH Kirkfield 18/7,001/72/147; www.beaconhall.com scc.com 18/6,100/69/127; www.monohillscc.com N of Richmond Hill; 905-884-8189; 64 48 56. Muskoka Lakes (A2) — 1072 Shamrock amrock 18/6,423/70/131; 18/6, 26 11 4. Beaumaris (A3) — 1197 Beaumaris Rd., Stayner Rd., Ferndale Rd., off Hwy 118, near www.summitgolfclub.on.ca www Duntroon Lake Milford Bay, Muskoka; 705-764-1116; 83 1 Simcoe Beaverton 18/5,070/66/120; www.beaumaris.org Port Carling; 705-765-3166; 78. The Country Club (D2) — 20 Lloyd St., C Singhampton Thornhill hosted the Canadian Open in 1945, won by Byron Nelson. 18/5,989/70/126; www.mlgcc.com m Islington Ave. at Davidson Dr., Isling 48 6 5. Beverly (E1) — 1211 Con. 2 W., BARRIE Copetown; 905-628-2285; 57. National (D2) — 134 Clubhouse Rd., Woodbridge; 905-856-4317; Woo 4 Creemore 19. Coppinwood (D3) — 2320 4th Con., 33. Glencairn (E2) — 9807 RR 25, N of Hwy. East – 18/6,514/71/130; Flesherton 58 18/6,524/72/125; S of Goodwood Rd. (CR 21), Uxbridge; 401, Halton Hills; 905-876-3666; 98-4900; N of Hwy 7, Woodbridge; 416-798-4900; 11 www.beverlygolfclub.org 905-649-2800; *21/7,536/72/144; *27/6,900/72/139; www.clublink.ca golf.ca 18/7,235/71/152; www.nationalgolf.ca West – 18/6,617/71/137; 29 Sutton 7 58. National Pines (C2) — 8165 10th h South – 9/1,901/30/83; www.clublink.ca Sout 124 6. Big Bay Point (C2) — 3912 30th www.coppinwood.com 34. Glendale (E2) — 401 Mt. Albion Rd., 10 400 Sideroad, Innisfil; 705-436-1378; Sideroad, N of Innisfil Beach Rd.,, 79. Thornhill (D2) — 7994 Yonge St., Thor 20. Credit Valley (E2) — 2500 Old Carriage Hamilton; 905-561-0660; S of Hwy 7; 905-881-3000; 9/2,334/ 33/113; 3-1549; Innisfil; 705-431-7000, 1-800-663-1549; Alliston 48 7 Rd., S of Hwy 5, Mississauga; 905-275- 18/6,200/72/130; www.glendale.on.ca Long – 18/6,544/71/137; www.bigbaypointgolf.com 18/7,013/72/146; www.clublink.ca ca 2505; 18/6,737/72/135; 35. Glenway (D2) — 470 Crossland Gate, Valley – 9/1,505/31/na; Valle 12 7. Bigwin Island (A3) — Bigwin Island, www.creditvalleygolf.com 59. North Halton (D2) — 363 Maple Ave. Shelburne 89 Bradford S of Hwy 9, W of Yonge St., www.thornhillgcc.com www Lake of Bays, SE of Huntsville; W., Georgetown; 905-877-5236; 47 D 21. Cutten (E1) — 190 College Ave. E., Newmarket; 905-853-5590; 18/6,249/ 80. Toronto Golf (E2) — 1305 Dixie Rd., Toron 705-635-2582, 1-800-840-4036; ton.ca 18/6,545/72/130; www.northhalton.ca 55 NEWMARKET Uxbridge 7A Guelph; 519-824-2650; 18/6,559/71/124; 70/124; www.glenwaycountryclub.com Tottenham Port 18/7,166/72/136; www.cuttenclub.com 60. O’Meara at Grandview (A3) — 245 45 Mississauga, S of QEW; 905-278-5255; Miss 10 18 35 36 89 Perry 36. Goodwood (D3) — Aurora Rd., at York- 18/6,549/70/133; 18/6, www.bigwinisland.com 22. Deer Ridge (E1) — 200 Deer Ridge Dr., Durham Line; 905-887-2551, Grandview Dr., Delta Grandview Resort, 25 Mono 50 9 15 42 49 73 71 19 Huntsville; 705-788-9978; www.torontogolfclub.com www Mills 30 8. Blue Springs (E1) — 13448 Dublin Line, Kitchener; 519-650-4653; 18/7,000/72/na. 43 3 37 Acton, W of RR 25; 519-853-0904; 18/7,105/72/144; 18/7,065/72/148; www.clublink.ca ca 81. Toronto Hunt (D3) — 1355 Kingston Toron ORANGEVILLE King 25 76 72 Brooklin 37. Granite (D3) — 2699 York Rd. 30, N of 14 18/6,921/72/137; also par-3 course; www.deerridgegolfclub.com 61. Oakdale (D2) — 2388 Jane St., N of Rd., between Warden & Fallingbrook Bolton City 77 53 50 17 7 Stouffville, S of Hwy 47; 905-642-4416; Aves.; 416-691-3118; *9/5,723/70/124. Aves Arthur 109 Caledon 23 500; Wilson Ave., Toronto, 416-245-3500; Maple 51 www.clublink.ca WHITBY 63 23. Devil’s Paintbrush (D2) — 17151 St. 18/6,909/72/145; www.graniteclub.com *27/7,006/71/137; 82. Trafalgar (E2) — 6728 6th Line, W of Trafa 24 90 87 9. Brampton (D2) — 7700 Kennedy Rd., Andrew’s Rd., S of Escarpment Rd., 24 Kleinburg AJAX OSHAWA 38. Greystone (E2) — 9689 Dublin Line, off www.oakdalegolf.com Trafalgar Rd., Milton; 905-878-2303; Trafa 79 407 16 S of Steeles Ave. W., Brampton; E of Caledon; 905-927-3001; 57 Campbellville Rd., Milton; 905-875- 6 PICKERING 905-457-5700; 18/6,558/71/125; 18/6,772/72/140; www.devilspulpit.com 3808; 18/6,864/72/139; www.clublink.ca 62. Oakville (E2) — 1154 6th Line, Oakville; 18/6,530/71/123; 18/6, 10 78 44 2 www.bramptongolf.com 905-845-8321; *9/6,084/70/129; www.trafalgargolf.com www Fergus 7 24. Devil’s Pulpit (D2) — 3035 Escarpment 39. Hamilton (E2) — 232 Golf Links Rd., 69 26 10. Brantford (F1) — 60 Ava Rd., Brantford; www.oakvillegolfclub.com 83. Vespra Hills (C2) — Wilson Rd., Vesp 61 70 Rd., E of Hwy 10, Caledon; 519-927- E of Hwy 403, Ancaster; 905-648-4471; S of Snow Valley Rd., Barrie; 24 BRAMPTON 407 519-752-3731; 18/6,562/72/126; 3001; *20/7,162/71/141; 63. Oshawa (D3) — 160 Alexandra St.; 18 25 85 www.brantfordgolf-cc.com *27/6,934/70/136; www.hgcc.ca 905-723-4681; 18/6,503/72/128; 705-721-3303; 18/6,500/70/128; 705-7 Elmira 124 Acton 28 9 75 46 TORONTO www.devilspulpit.com 40. Heron Point (E1) — 2787 Dunmark Rd., www.vesprahillsgolfclub.com www 59 81 www.oshawagolf.com 11. Briars (C3) — 55 Hedge Rd., Jackson’s 52 41 Point; 905-722-3772; 18/6,285/71/130; www.briars.ca 25. DiamondBack (D2) — 13300 Leslie St., Richmond Hill; 905-888-9612; 18/7,079/72/132; www.clublink.ca W of Ancaster; 905-304-0313; 18/6,841/71/135; www.clublink.ca 64. Oslerbrook (C1) — Poplar Sideroad & Con. 10, SW of Collingwood; ad 84. Westmount (E1) — 50 Inverness Dr., West Kitchener; 519-742-2323; 18/6,943/ Kitch E 85 21 7 8 33 MISSISSAUGA 80 12. Bridgewater (F3) — 700 Gilmore Rd., 41. Islington (E2) — 45 Riverbank Dr., 705-444-5588; 18/7,012/72/147; 73/130; www.westmountgolf.com 73/1 38 82 88 20 54 26. Donalda (D3) — 12 Bushbury Dr., Don NW of Dundas St. W. & Islington Ave., 85. West (D2) — 50 St. Phillips Rd., W of Weston WATERLOO GUELPH Fort Erie; 905-871-2400; www.oslerbrook.com 7 Milton Mills & York Mills Rds., Toronto; Toronto; 416-231-1114; 18/6,491/ 84 LEGEND 18/6,660/72/129; 65. Oviinbyrd (A2) — 4805 Hwy 169, off , West Rd., Toronto; 416-241-5254, Weston 401 67 QEW 416-447-5575; 18/6,538/71/139; 72/132; www.islingtongolfclub.com ext.229; 18/6,733/72/133; ext.2 N www.bridgewatercountryclub.com www.donaldaclub.ca Hwy 69, Foot’s Bay; 705-375-0555; 55; 8 22 CAMBRIDGE 62 Private courses 42. King Valley (D2) — 15675 Dufferin St., 18/7,100/72/146. www.westongolfcc.com www 6 13. Burlington (E2) — 422 North Shore KITCHENER 407 OAKVILLE 10 km Blvd. E., W of QEW; 905-634-7726; 27. Dundas Valley (E2) — 10 Woodley’s King City; 905-841-9262; 66. Port Carling (A2) — 12 Donald Dr., Whistle Bear (E1) — 1316 Dickie 86. Whis 86 31 Lake ke Lane, off Hwy 8, Dundas; 905-628-6731; 18/6,905/72/145; www.clublink.ca Settlement Rd., off Homer Watson Sett 403 18/6,479/71/130; 18/6,403/71/126; 9/1,081/27/na; Hwy 118, Port Carling; 705-765-6600; 6600; Ontario ntario www.burlingtongolfclub.com 43. King’s Riding (D2) — 14700 Bathurst 18/6,431/70/141 Blvd. Cambridge; 519-650-2327, Blvd., 8 BURLINGTON www.dundasvalleygolf.com St., King City; 905-713-6875; www.portcarlinggc.com 1-888-409-2327; 18/7,706/72/138; 1-888 24 13 14. Caledon Woods (D2) — 15608 RR 50, 28. Eagle Ridge (D2) — 11742 10th Line, W N of Bolton; 905-880-1400; 18/6,502/71/139; www.clublink.ca 67. Rattlesnake Point (E2) — 5407 RR 25, www.whistlebear.ca www 5 27 of Mayfield Rd., Georgetown; 905-877- 44. Ladies Golf Club of Toronto (D2) — HAMILTON NIAGARA-ON- NIAGARA-ON- AGA A N AR 18/6,415/71/129; www.clublink.ca S of Hwy 401, Milton; 905-878-6222; 6222; Whitevale (D3) — 2985 Golf Club Rd., 87. Whit THE-LAKE THE LA THE-LAKE HE LA 8468; 18/6,225/70/124; www.clublink.ca 7859 Yonge St., S of Hwy 7; 39 15. Carrying Place (D2) — 16750 Weston Copperhead – 18/7,333/72/134; SE o Markham, off Con. 5, Whitevale; of 40 34 Grimsby 29. Eastbourne (C2) — 885 Lake Dr. N., 905-889-3531; *21/6,002/72/138; 905-294-9600; 18/6,735/72/126; 905-2 10 Rd., Kettleby; 905-727-5711; Sidewinder – 18/7,087/72/133; Rattler – F Roche’s Point; 905-476-2551; www.ladiesgolfclub.com www.whitevalegolfclub.com www 403 QEW ST. CATHARINES 18/6,150/70/134; 9/1,502/27/na; www.clublink.ca BRANTFORD Beamsville 9/2,620/34/114; eastbournegolfclub.ca 45. Lake Joseph (A2) — 1072 Elgin House 68. Rocky Crest (A2) — Hamer Bay Rd. off Wyldewood (E2) — 8198 Trafalgar Rd., 88. Wyld 56 74 405 www.carryingplace.com 54 Smithville Vineland THOROLD RENE JOHNSTON/TORONTO STAR 30. Emerald Hills (D3) — 14001 Warden Rd., off Hwy 118, Port Carling; 705-765- N of Hwy 407; 905-878-4848; 16. Cedar Brae (D3) — 55 Mac Frost Way, Hwy 69, MacTier; 705-375-4688; Caledonia NIAGARA Ave., N of Bloomington Rd., Stouffville; 2000; 18/6,985/72/135; www.clublink.ca 18/6,662/71/131; 18/6, Toronto; 416-293-4161; 1/6,936/71/137; www.clublink.ca a FALLS 905-888-1100; 18/6,800/72/141; 46. Lambton (D2) — 100 Scarlett Rd., www.wyldewoodgolf.com www 47 Chippawa 18/6,521/71/134; www.clublink.ca 69. Rosedale (D2) — 1901 Mt. Pleasant Rd., ant 6 Fonthill N of St. Clair Ave. W.; 416-767-2175; Toronto; 416-485-9321; 89. Wyndance (D3) — 450 CR 21, Wyn 24 Fenwick www.cedarbraegolf.com QEW 31. Galt (E1) — 750 Coronation Blvd., 18/6,658/71/132; 9/1,840/30/93; Goodwood Rd., Uxbridge; 905-649-8545; Good Hagersville Cayuga WELLAND Douglastown 17. Cherry Downs (D3) — 2110 Con. 7, 18/6,355/70/131. Cambridge; 519-621-7020; www.lambtongolf.com 18/7,429/72/136; www.clublink.ca 18/7, N of Hwy 7, Pickering; 905-649-5991; 70. Scarboro (D3) — 321 Scarborough Golf gh Wainfleet 18/6,304/72/125; 47. Lookout Point (F3) — 209 Tice Rd., 90. York Downs (D3) — 4134 16th Ave., 3 Dunnville 18/6,554/71/137; 9/1,890/28/na; www.galtcountryclub.com Club Rd., Toronto; 416-266-4546; ; Simcoe Fonthill; 905-892-2639; E of Warden Ave., Unionville; 12 FORT www.clublink.ca 32. Georgian Bay (B1) — 516689 7th Line, 18/6,617/72/132; www.lopcc.com 18/6,526/71/136; Port PORT 3 18 ERIE www.scarborogolf.com 905-477-3105; *27/6,800/72/134; 905-4 18. Cherry Hill (F3) — Cherry Hill Blvd., S of Hwy 26, W of Collingwood; Dover COLBORNE Crystal 48. Mad River (C2) — 2008 Airport Rd., www.yorkdowns.com www Beach Hwy 3, Ridgeway; 905-894-1122; 519-599-9949; 18/7,139/71/140; N of Creemore; 705-428-3673; Lake Erie 18/7,022/72/131; www.cherryhillclub.ca www.georgianbayclub.com 18/6,846/72/149; www.madriver.ca 28 TORONTO STAR GOLF 2010 GOLF 2010 TORONTO STAR 29
  • 10. COURSE DESIGN COURSE DESIGN Doug Carrick is a quiet, soft-spoken sort who prefers to let his big, bold and challenging golf courses speak for themselves. Tom McBroom, who once employed Doug Carrick, isn’t shy about selling himself or his golf course designs. If they build it, you will come When it comes to golf course design in this country, rivals Carrick and McBroom are the gold standard c Call them rivals by design. Doug Carrick and Tom McBroom have been Canada’s leading golf course designers for more than two decades, creating many of the country’s best- known courses, dividing up awards and accolades along the way. And though they have run their own separate and successful businesses since the mid- PHOTOS BY RENE JOHNSTON/TORONTO STAR Since then the relationship between the pair has been at times testy, their business rivalry and opposing personalities limiting their interaction. “I know Doug like the back of my hand and vice versa,” says McBroom, sitting in his downtown Toronto office. “We’ve dealt with each other for more than 25 years.” These days the two are the elder statesmen of golf course design in North America — with Carrick installed this year Port Perry for McBroom, and Glenway in Newmarket for Carrick, could hardly be seen as heralding a renaissance in golf design in this country. That changed with the golf course construction explosion of the ’90s. McBroom would announce his presence on the national scene with The Links at Crow- bush Cove in Prince Edward Island in 1994, and follow it with a string of private award- winners like Oviinbyrd in Muskoka, as well ultra-private Magna club in Aurora. Though competitors for most of their careers, few recognize that Carrick entered the industry as an employee in McBroom’s nascent design firm in 1982. The partner- ship was not built to last and within two years Carrick was out the door, the victim of an economic slowdown and differences in style — something McBroom says has been a positive for golf in this country, but which left some resentment in Carrick for years By Robert Thompson 1980s, many people don’t realize Carrick worked for as president of the American Society of Golf as acclaimed public courses such as Tobiano afterwards. Course Architects, an elite club of which near Kamloops, B.C. Carrick’s creations “We parted ways because it was clear we McBroom before he was unceremoniously jettisoned McBroom is also a member. It has been were equally heralded, including Angus saw things differently and both sensed there during a period of economic uncertainty. more than two decades since McBroom and Glen South, which opened in 1995 and held was (room) for two different markets,” Carrick opened their first courses in the 2002 Canadian Open, all three Osprey McBroom says diplomatically. “In retro- Canada. Those two projects, Oakridge in Valley courses near Orangeville and the spect, it was a good move for both of us.” 48 TORONTO STAR GOLF 2010 GOLF 2010 TORONTO STAR 49
  • 11. TRAVEL TRAVEL Royal St. David’s left, and Celtic Manor, site of the 2010 Ryder Cup. Catherine Zeta-Jones isn’t the only Welsh beauty; the golf’s pretty hot, too By Jim Byers Hail Wales Scotland is rightly celebrated for its whisky and its golf. Ireland is the home of Guinness and Yeats. But Wales somehow gets overlooked, tucked away in the southwest corner of Britain, overshadowed by its Celtic cousins. All that is about to change. This fall, Wales is hosting PHOTOS BY JIM BYERS/TORONTO STAR one of the biggest prizes in golf, the Ryder Cup. Thanks to a bold vision set down by Ottawa resi- dent and Welshman Terry Matthews, this tiny, underappreciated slice of Blighty is about to take the main stage in golf. And it’s a well-deserved turn. 52 TORONTO STAR GOLF 2010 GOLF 2010 TORONTO STAR 53
  • 12. TRAVEL Scotland’s famous links get a lot of the glory, but Wales is rightfully talkin’ proud. The tour- nament goes Oct. 1-3 at the superb Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales. The Ryder Cup layout, known as the 2010 course, has its critics who favour seaside venues when the tournament is staged across the pond. Celtic Manor may not be links golf, but the herds of sheep, stone farmhouses and hedgerows in the glorious Usk Valley tell you pretty quickly you’re not in Florida or Ontario. And there are plenty of other local touches. On one hole, the scorecard advises players that “the rear bunker comes into play if your shot is too boisterous,” and how great a use of the English language is that? At the halfway point, you can telephone ahead for a terrific sausage bap; basically a hot dog on a bun with Push your drive at Nefyn and you may end up in the Ty Coch pub down on the beach. spicy English mustard that’s as tasty a 10th hole treat as you’ll find. There’s even a bunker AIM FOR THE RIGHT TURRET views but the par-4 11th on the old course (the gun variety) on the front nine that’s left Royal St. David’s, up the coast in Harlech, (they have 27 holes in all; stick to the old over from World War II. North Wales, is an historic course with a version) is where things start to get inter- reputation that exceeds its design. The esting. Goofy, even. You pretty much have to BUMPS AND SWALES views of Harlech Castle rising on the hill lay up off the tee before hitting a completely It’s a tough, but by no means unplayable, above the course are great, but the front blind second shot to an elevated green that parklands course that’ll cost you about nine is mostly flat and uninspiring. you just know is surrounded by gorse and $300 to play. Three of the par-5s are more Things improve on the back nine. The rocks. What seems like a perfect shot could than 600 yards from the back tees, with No. par-3 11th demands a tee shot to a tiny green land almost anywhere, while a shot (guilty 9 stretching out a devilish 666. PR man Paul surrounded by tall mounds, while the 12th as charged) that looks quite short could end Williams insists they won’t go that far back is the hole to grab your camera for shots of up on the back edge of the green, eight feet for the Ryder Cup. the course with the castle in the back- from the invisible pin. One finicky European journalist who ground. If you’re lucky on 13, you might No. 12 is also a little unfair, with almost no makes a habit of playing Ryder Cup courses, finally start to understand links golf by landing area off the tee. A great drive could said he liked it quite a bit. hitting a knockdown shot that lands 20 easily tumble down the walking path that “It beats the heck out of the K Club” in yards short of the green, jumps over a bump, hikers use to reach the end of the peninsula Ireland, where the 2006 Ryder Cup was then runs up and over a swale before ulti- or the Ty Coch (Red House), a lovely pub on staged. mately feeding onto the green and coming Porthdinllaen beach at the bottom of a Visitors also can check out the Roman to rest 10 feet from the pin. (Thank you, steep, chalky hill. Road course and the Colin Montgomerie thank you very much.) If you’ve never The golf is quite tricky but the views are track, which is a par-69 and features tons of played links golf, this is a great place to start to die for, so plunk down your $70 and elevation changes and greens with more for about $125. simply enjoy the experience. On a clear day, bumps and swales than John Daly — yours and, yes, they have many, the Snowdonia for about $110. It may not look that tough THERE’S WATER ON THE RIGHT mountains are visible behind you, the Isle of but you might get thrown off by the intro- If you’ve seen any of the brochures for golf Anglesey and Ireland before you, with duction from your starter. in Wales, you’ve almost certainly seen fishing boats bobbing in the green slate “You know my definition of an optimist,” he photos of the Nefyn and District course on waters. told a visiting Canadian and three hilar- the Llyn Peninsula. It’s a stunner, easily the Yes, it’s a quirky course. Almost all of the ious lads from England. “Someone most visually dramatic golf course this back nine is played on a tiny stick of a penin- who asks for a scorecard.” reporter has ever played. sula that realistically should hold two or You start off with a lovely, downhill par-4 three holes instead of six or seven. But that takes you from the clubhouse to within Wales is quirky, too, and God love her for it. spitting distance of a rocky beach. You then play a couple of holes into the wind, with ROYAL PORTHCAWL — A CLASSIC bunkers on the left side and a giant water On the south coast lies the grandest of them hazard, the Atlantic, hard on your right at all, Royal Porthcawl. From the simple but the bottom of some rocky cliffs. The waves classy clubhouse to the ever-present seaside, pound the shore and the water fairly this is classic links golf. There are views of beckons the right-handed duffer to hit a the water on every hole and plenty of deep, traditional slice. nasty pot bunkers, gorse, heather and all The front nine has some stunning sea those things a North American visitor would