Ontario Golf editor Ted McIntyre has a blog on the sale of Lora Bay near Collingwood to the Georgian Bay Club. Word had it that the Raven, which was owned privately, sold to Intrawest and then purchased back by the initial developer, had been running on fumes, and head professional (and one of the bright young minds in the business) Jeff Palmer, was handed his hat late last year.
Apparently the situation won’t really impact the golf courses, according to a letter sent to members of Georgian Bay Club:
Our interest in Lora Bay will not in any way change the vision of The Georgian Bay Club. The Georgian Bay Club (GBC) will continue to be the regions pre-eminent private golf club, and our focus on service, value, and completing our membership plan objectives will not change in any way. We have had, by far, our best season yet, and we will continue on this path.
The two golf courses are very different entities, with The GBC being a private club, and the Raven being a semi private course and clubhouse facility fully open to the public. There are no plans to join the two clubs together and the real estate developments at each location are also completely different. Thus, The GBC and Lora Bay are two completely different enterprises, and will remain so.
My review of the Raven at Lora Bay can be found here.