GolfNorth Expands With Ontario, BC Properties

From GolfNorth:

GolfNorth Adds The Ridge at Manitou Golf Club

GolfNorth is thrilled to announce that it has entered into a lease for the operations of The Ridge at Manitou, effective January 1, 2020.

Located on Lake Manitouwabing (approximately 20 minutes east of Parry Sound) it is consistently in the conversation when golfers discuss the best of the Muskoka courses. The Tom McBroom designed masterpiece winds out and back, through 300 acres of Muskoka wilderness, culminating in a stunning finishing hole which descends to the shores of Lake Manitouwabing, where the spacious clubhouse sits perched on the rocky shore.

The course opened for limited play in 2004 (fully in 2005) and has received numerous awards for the course design, service, and overall experience. It’s been ranked the 12th best course in Ontario (Ontario Golf), the 17th best public course in Canada (Score Magazine), the best new course in Canada in 2006 (Golf Digest) and was recently awarded the prestigious President’s Award by the Muskoka Chamber of Commerce.

“Once players get past the awesome beauty of the property, they soon realize just how great Tom McBroom’s design really is. The Ridge at Manitou would be a great golf course, even without the breathtaking scenery,” said Doug Breen, GolfNorth VP and Chief Agronomist. “It truly is a ‘bucket-list’ course, which needs to be played to be appreciated.”

While golf may be the primary attraction to The Ridge at Manitou, the patio, dining room, and large screened porches at the Clubhouse, are favourite ways to end a day on the links—or as a destination all their own. There’s nothing like watching the sun go down over the Lake, while enjoying dinner in a classic Muskoka cottage, beside the heat of the grand fireplace and the accompanying sound of loons.

GolfNorth President and CEO, Shawn Evans said, “We are incredibly excited to be adding The Ridge at Manitou to our portfolio of courses. The opportunity to add a golf course of this quality, with such a nationwide reputation, rarely comes along. Our members and frequent players will be hearing from us over the next few months, as we look forward to welcoming them to this piece of Muskoka paradise”

GolfNorth Properties to Purchase Historic Salmon Arm Golf Club

GolfNorth Properties, Canada’s largest consolidator of public golf courses, has entered into an agreement to purchase the historic Salmon Arm Golf Club (SAGC) in British Columbia’s stunning Shuswap Region, a mere 5,608 kms from Cape Breton Highlands Links and Keltic Lodge (GolfNorth’s most eastern property).

SAGC was established in 1928, as a humble 6-hole course with sand greens and rubber tee mats. Membership grew quickly, as did the development of the property, and by 2000, there was a gorgeous clubhouse and a championship 18-hole course, designed by renowned architect Les Furber. The original 9-hole course was renovated at the same time, which launched Salmon Arm Golf Club into the ranks of the very best golf experiences in the country.

GolfNorth Properties is a golf and resort management company, based in Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario. Founded in 1994, the company has expanded steadily, and is a national leader in the consolidation and management of golf properties. With the addition of Salmon Arm Golf Club, GolfNorth now operates 32 golf properties in Canada, from British Columbia to Cape Breton. When combined with Cape Breton Highlands Links in Nova Scotia and the Ridge at Manitou in Ontario, Salmon Arm Golf Club becomes the third GolfNorth property to be ranked in the SCOREGolf Top 100.

“We are thrilled to be moving into British Columbia. Salmon Arm is a beautiful city and the largest urban center in the Shuswap,” said GolfNorth President and CEO, Shawn Evans.

Salmon Arm – Shuswap is strategically located between Calgary and Vancouver on the Trans Canada Highway at junction 97 to the South Okanagan, thus readily providing access to the 300,000 residents of southern B.C.  “GolfNorth wishes to extend a warm welcome and thank you to the Salmon Arm Board of Directors for all their cooperation and hard work in putting this transaction together,” Evans said.

Mike Garside, GolfNorth’s Chief Operating Officer said, “We are incredibly excited to be expanding into B.C. and look forward to working with the key management team at SAGC.”

The membership of Salmon Arm Golf Club held a special meeting earlier this month, where the proposal to sell the property to GolfNorth was unanimously approved. A spokesperson for the Board of Directors explained to the assembly, “we feel that this arrangement is the best way to guarantee the successful operation of SAGC and that the course will be available for play for years to come.”

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