Tobiano, near Kamloops, is getting the buzz as the best new course to appear on the Canadian landscape since, well, probably Humber Valley or Eagles Nest. Done by Tom McBroom, the site surely is remarkable.
I have yet to see it in person — but the photos make it appear a touch narrower than other work by McBroom, and I’m hearing the fescue was unreal near the opening. But that’s not particularly unusual for a new course, which has to heavily water its fairways in order to get them to grow in. The water catches the wind and heads into the fescue, thickening it as well. It happened at Coppinwood when it first opened, but it was very playable when I was there this year.
Anyway, below are some shots — I’ll get out to Tobiano next year and can then report back on its playability.
The other course gaining some buzz is Richard Zokol’s Sagebrush, built in BC and modeled after Redtail GC near St. Thomas. That means super exclusive, with less than 100 members. The course was designed by Rod Whitman, who did the fantastic Blackhawk GC outside of Edmonton and who has worked with Pete Dye and Bill Coore. Expectations of this one are high as well. I wrote about it last year — you can find the story here.
14th hole (below)
Zokol on the tee
The second at Sagebrush
The sixth at Sagebrush