Following the news that the Sorenstam/McBroom course may be stopping, I found the following press
release on Nick Faldo’s new design in Revelstoke — again the interior of BC — to be intriguing:
Revelstoke, B.C., August 14, 2008 ” Nick Faldo, the British golfer and captain of the 2008 European Ryder Cup Team, will design an 18-hole resort golf course to open in summer 2011 at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. With more than 40 tournament victories, six Major wins and a record 11 Ryder Cup appearances, Nick Faldo is Britains most successful golfer.
Don’t tell that to Harry Vardon!
Revelstoke Mountain Resort will offer a golfing experience that combines breathtaking views with engaging and tactical golf, says Nick Faldo. Set amidst towering trees and meandering creeks, the course will incorporate strategic features that take full advantage of the varied terrain and natural characteristics of the site.
“Engaging and tactical?” What about “narrow and unplayable,” like The Rock in Muskoka? Explain again why anyone hires this guy to design courses? Oh yeah, they are trying to attract those from the UK who are intrigued by smarmy former Masters champs. Now that’s a big potential audience.
Opening last winter to international acclaim, Revelstoke Mountain Resort now offers the longest lift-serviced vertical descent in North America at 5,620 feet. In addition, Hawkair Aviation begins scheduled service four times a week between Calgary and Revelstoke this December.
The Revelstoke Mountain Resort course will sit at the base of the mountain adjacent to the village base and the Nelsen Lodge condominiums. Offering spectacular views of the Columbia River and the Monashee Mountains, the valley location will ensure a long playing season from mid-April to October. Crews will break ground in spring 2009.
Spectacular views, but no comment on the quality of the golf — as it should be.
The development of the resorts golf course will take the resort from an exceptional winter experience to the ultimate year-round recreational destination, says Paul Skelton, president of Revelstoke Mountain Resort. We have created a pure skiing and riding experience that has captured the worlds attention. With Nick Faldos understanding of golf and his record for excellence, we will deliver that level of excitement on the golf course.
This ski season, the first of three buildings in Nelsen Lodge will open with 59 condo units, ranging in size from studios to three bedrooms; it will be managed by Boutique Hotels and Resorts of British Columbia. By 2009 there will be over 200 condos in Nelsen Lodge plus 24 townhomes and 50 single family lots, some with private helicopter landing pads.
The $1 billion, four-season Revelstoke Mountain Resort is expected to be completed over 15 years and include over 5,500 new housing units comprising top-tier luxury hotels, townhomes and single family homes, along with more than 300,000 square feet of commercial and retail space.
Gotta love a press release about a new course that talks about the winter skiing, the real estate, and the hotel, but offers only a couple of paragraphs on the golf. And what is this about Faldo’s “understanding of golf and his record of excellence?” What about the commitment he brings to only showing up on site for the media day and the commitment to owners who then have to close his crappy course to rebuild it? Anyone?