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Sorenstam in BC; Returning to Oviinbyrd; and other notes

  • In his blog last week, Bob Weeks noted a report that Annika Sorenstam will be working on a course in BC. Sorenstam mentioned this to me when I interviewed her a couple of weeks back. The course is to be designed with Tom McBroom, and Sorenstam makes it sound like it is partly underway. It’ll be intriguing to see how golfers react to an “Annika Sorenstam” co-design. At one point ClubLink was supposed to create a course near Grandview to be co-designed by Nancy Lopez, but the project never went forward. “My project with Tom has started up in Rossland (B.C.). I’m learning a lot from Tom, because he’s very experienced and very successful. I’m learning from the best and taking my experience from the courses I’ve played throughout the year. I think the combination of Tom’s knowledge and my competitive knowledge is going to be a good one.” Already there are rumblings that McBroom will do a European course with Sorenstam, who he first met at Lake Nona Golf Club near Orlando.
  • I had the good fortune to play Oviinbyrd, the ultra-quiet private club in Muskoka designed by McBroom. The last time I was at the course, the eighth hole, a par three over a pond, was being reworked. It was in play this time, and was quite and all-or-nothing one shot hole. Beyond that, the course is just a solid, great test of golf; nothing too showy, just great holes. I contend this is the best of the Muskoka courses, but its private nature means few — even within the golf media — have seen it. I played with Fairway Stevie and on a fine crisp fall day, we were one of two groups on the course, which I must admit helps with the pace of play.
  • I’m sure you’ll have noticed a few subtle layout changes to the Ontgolf.ca site. Our man with the plan, Ontgolf.ca publisher Jeff Lancaster, is looking for ways to make the design of the site more effective (and frankly I think he loves tinkering with it). We’d love to hear from readers as to what they’d like to see more of. We’ve added a lot of video to the site and expect more in coming weeks. Our Weekend Hacker has ended and I hope you enjoyed our attempt to do anonymous reviews by golfers that paid a green fee. For the record, the Hacker was actually two golfers — and I’m hoping to add a third next year. Our Gear Head equipment section continues to be clearing house for all things involving golf clubs, balls, etc., and we will be continuing to beef it up. If you have an interest in joining our review staff, send me a note. Lastly, over the next few months

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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