While flipping through a revamped version of David McLay Kidd’s website, I encountered a course list as “in design,” for Fernie, B.C. that will apparently be credited as a Kidd course. Kidd is the young Scottish architect behind Bandon Dunes, and the new Castle Course at St. Andrews.
Kidd’s news reminded me that Kyle Phillips, the creator of the excellent Kingsbarns in Scotland, is now on the books to develop a course in Summerland, B.C.
Lastly, Gil Hanse (who is working with Ian Andrew at Scarboro G & CC) is expected to work alongside blogger/writer/designer Geoff Shackelford in creating yet another course in B.C., this time on Vancouver Island.
Add to this list courses by Nicklaus (Bear Mountain 2, Wyndansea), Gary Player, Greg Norman and Hurdzan/Fry, and you’ve got a massive influx of foreign course creators in B.C. Why? Maybe because there have simply been too many Cooke/Carleton or Thomas McBroom courses in the area? I’m interested in why G4G readers think developers are turning to non-Canadian designers. Is it marketing value? If that’s the case, do Canadians even know who McLay Kidd is?
That said, I’m quite excited to see designs by architects I really admire — like Hanse, Kidd and Phillips. In my mind it will make Canadian golf better.