According to well-placed sources, Niagara Falls is “anxiously awaiting” Thundering Waters , a so-called John Daly signature golf course.
That led me to wonder exactly what constitutes a John Daly signature golf course.
Typically having a PGA Tour pro’s name on a course is just about marketing. With few exceptions (Ben Crenshaw, Jerry Pate, Mark McCumber), PGA Tour pros simply show up for the media opening, act like they’ve seen the course before (they have, often when they toured it that morning) and pontificate on how they are really interested in building golf tracks that resemble “the classics.” They’ll often throw around names like Dornoch and County Down, places they’ve seen once when they played the 1996 British Open nearby.
Anyway, I assume a John Daly signature means:
1) his wife was involved, and perhaps embezzled from the owners
2) John toured the facility in October at a media stop, downed some brown pops, had a couple of smokes and proclaimed the course similar to Crooked Stick, where he won the PGA Championship. Only, of course, this course is in Niagara Falls
3) He then sold merchandise in the parking lot before heading to the casino, where he dropped a ton of cash.
4) His second visit to the course (which was actually created by the Boris Danoff who designed the wonderfully dull Royal Niagara for the inept Ted Baker & Associates) will be this year for a full-on media event whereby he’ll see the whole golf course for the first time — when he plays it.
Other Canadian courses opening this year include: Grand Niagara, The Heritage Club at Ancaster, The Club at Bond Head, The Ambassador Club and The Ridge at Manitou.