Spent today with Ron Joyce, the co-founder of donut and coffee chain Tim Hortons. We’re putting the finishing touches on his autobiography — which currently has several working titles — and I had the opportunity to talk about Fox Harb’r with Steven, Ron’s son who runs the resort.
The initial course was built by Canadian architect Graham Cooke and won Golf Digest’s Best New Course award a few years ago. It is a kinda course — kinda private, kinda exclusive. In truth it does about 7,000 rounds per year, but Ron was anxious to take it fully private, with a very small membership (primarily those with jets to land at the facility’s air strip.)
Apparently that plan has changed, and now Fox Harb’r will sort of be open to the public. The catch? You’ll have to stay in one of 72 rooms on site and the total cost for golf and a room will run nearly $1,000 per day, putting it in the realm of Barbado’s Sandy Lane.
An interesting piece of news is there are plans at Fox Harb’r to go forward with an additional nine holes — and Steven has contacted Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw about doing the work. That would make it the first time Coore and Crenshaw have worked in Canada, though Coore has been scouting a location in Western Canada as well.