Trouble Thundering for Niagara Course?

Not being a regular reader of Niagara Falls media, nor being a fan of golf designer Bo Danoff’s John Daly Signature course in the city, I somehow overlooked a fight breaking out between city residents and the course Thundering Waters. The fight is over the decision by course owners to tear up two holes and take down a bunch of trees in order to add real estate:

Residents aired their concerns Tuesday at a neighbourhood meeting with Rick Brady, the UEM planner hired by the Matovic family and its partners who own the property, and Italia Gilberti, the group’s lawyer.

The development would see 74 single detached houses and 35 townhouses built along the fairways of the John Daly signature course, as well as a 10-storey 150-unit apartment building.

Brady said there is no price tag set for the project and the first two holes of the golf course would have to be moved to accommodate the new development. (Source)

Anyone ever ask themselves how a course can be a “John Daly Signature,” when, as far as I can tell, there’s no certainty the big man can actually write? And who did the advance planning on this one? Two years after the course opens and the owners are already tearing it up. Well thought out, it would appear.

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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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