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Fox Harb’r opens golf academy

 

I’ve talked about Fox Harb’r, Ron Joyce’s five-star resort on Nova Scotia’s North Shore in the past (see previous blog). It is truly an outstanding, world-class property with its 18-hole, Graham Cooke designed golf course (Tiger Woods holds the course record at 63.); a nine-hole Par 3 course; a multi-million dollar health spa and conference centre; Jetport with aviation services; boat marina; shooting lodge; classy accommodations overlooking the course and the Northumberland Strait, etc.

Since my visit last year, the resort has added another feature, a golf academy.

Elliott Isenor, the resort’s director of golf operations, gave me a quick tour of the new facility in early August.  The indoor academy with two, large bay doors that face the driving range, is very functional in all weather.

It is staffed by four CPGA teaching professionals and has the latest technology to analyze the golf swing and give the instructor all the data required to improve anyone’s golf game.

The technology includes the V1 Digital System that captures your swing on video. The swing can be displayed on a big screen and the teaching professional can carefully go over the swing process and offer tips for improvement. The video can be sent to the golfer via email and the golfer can, at anytime using the internet, view the complete analysis with the instructor’s comments.

A second piece of technology is the Flight Scope X-series. This will give you a ton of technical data on clubhead speed, club path, carry distance, ball spin, etc…All this information can be used not only to help your game but if you are in the market for a new driver or set of clubs, this data can be used to build clubs to suit your game. A driver shift that is too stiff or too soft for a golfer’s swing speed, for example, has a big impact on how the ball performs off the tee. 

A one-day camp includes two and half hours of full swing instruction and analysis; lunch; short game instruction; 18-holes of play on the course and a day-ending debriefing.

There are one, two and three day camps. A one-day camp costs approximately $450.

There are also stay and play packages available.

Check it out at: www.foxharbr.com

In my conversation with Elliott he said the resort, which sits on 1,000 acres of quite, rural land overlooking the ocean and near the small community of Wallace, has been busy this summer. We talked golf in general around the province and touched on the province’s newest course, Cabot Links (http://cabotlinks.com) , which opened this summer in Inverness, Cape Breton.

He says Cabot Links, a traditional links course touted by golfers and writers as Canada’s only true links course, will be good for his business as well. He has had inquiries from outside the province and from outside of the country from golfers wanting to come to Nova Scotia to play Fox Harb’r, Cabot Links and the Highlands Links (www.highlandslinksgolf.com), in Ingonish, Cape Breton. That is a world class, three-course itinerary that would be hard to match. Driving, Fox Harb’r is approximately three hours from Cabot Links. Highlands Links would be another two hours along the Cabot Trail.

With a Jetport and a 5,000-foot airstrip, a boat marina and great highway connections, Fox Harb’r is accessible by all three modes of transportation. –end-

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Tom Peters

Tom Peters is a freelance writer based in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, a suburb of Halifax. In December 2009 he retired after 41 years with The Halifax Chronicle Herald. He covered competitive golf regionally for the paper in his early days as reporter and over the years has freelanced golf travel articles to a number of major golf and business publications. He is a member and a director of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada.

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