Top designer to upgrade Algonquin Golf Course
Keeping a historic property like the Algonquin Resort up-to-date and relevant for the modern traveler, requires incredible finesse; an appreciation for the legacy and an understanding of current trends and desires, and a vision for the future.
The same is true of golf courses. The Algonquin Golf Course was built in 1894, and refreshed periodically throughout the years to keep up with the times, while winning awards at every turn.
So, how do you improve upon a winner, the pride of New Brunswick?
You call in the hottest golf course architect in Canada, Rod Whitman! Whitman has designed and constructed highly acclaimed and nationally ranked golf courses in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
Rod and his team will embark on a redesign of the Algonquin Golf Course in October 2016 that will accentuate the natural beauty of the region, re-sculpting holes, tee boxes, bunkers and greens to optimize the golfing experience. Sight lines and views will emphasize the Bay of Fundy location and the historic town of St. Andrews by-the-Sea.
“New golf course design is always a creative challenge,” says Whitman. “The Algonquin Golf Club has a long and storied history and I am honoured to be entrusted to re-imagine this national legacy. I look forward to the opportunity to further enhance the golfing experience at this one-of a- kind, seaside resort.”
The next time you’re out for a round, keep your eyes peeled for Ron and his team (as well as stray balls) and look for a stunning, challenging new Algonquin Golf experience next summer.
About the Course Architect
• Rod has designed and constructed numerous highly acclaimed and nationally ranked golf courses in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. He has worked in collaboration with internationally renowned golf course architects such as Pete Dye, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
• His first solo design at Wolf Creek Golf Resort in Ponoka, Alberta opened for play in 1983 and is perennially ranks amongst the Top 20 golf courses in Canada.
• Blackhawk Golf Club near Edmonton, Alberta opened in 2004 and currently ranks 15th on SCOREGolf magazine’s list of the Top 100
courses in Canada.
• Working in collaboration with PGA Tour Pro, Richard Zokol, Rod opened Sagebrush Golf & Sporting Club in 2009. In 2012, GolfWeek Magazine
ranked Sagebrush 3rd Best Modern Canadian (post 1960).
• Most recently he completed Cabot Links in Inverness, Nova Scotia, which opened in 2012. Golf Digest rated Cabot Links #42 in the world, and Golf Magazine rated it #82 worldwide.
• Rod has four courses ranked in the Top 30 in Canada according to SCOREGolf: Cabot Links – #2, Sagebrush – #10, Blackhawk – #20 and the old course at Wolf Creek – #30.
• Each one of his five Canadian Designs have been ranked in the Top 20 Canadian Courses.