* Spent Friday at the Toronto Golf Show. Sure it is more about travel than anything these days, but for me it is an opportunity to see golf colleagues from around the country, hear what’s going on and catch up on some gossip. The day kicked off at the Ritz Carlton — yep, really — for a Golf Nova Scotia event that was led off by Cabot Links, the seaside course that will have a soft opening this summer. I’ve written plenty about this — one of the two partners in the project, Ben Cowan-Dewar pointed out that I first wrote about the site six years ago in the National Post. Safe to say I was on the bandwagon early. Cowan-Dewar unveiled a new website, complete with an opening narrative by Lorne Rubenstein. The course has been proclaimed Canada’s “true links,” by George Peper and Malcolm Campbell in their recent book despite not having opened. Heard enough — well, maybe not quite. Sympatico has my interview with Cowan-Dewar, someone I’ve known for a decade, online here.
* Muskoka Bay has had its third shake-up in the professional ranks since it opened. First there was Jeff Boismier as GM, then Mike Miscio came over from Maple Downs to work with Kevin Hamill. Now Miscio and Hamill have departed and Greg Downer, formerly of The Rock, is head pro. You may remember Downer from his passionate defense of The Rock on this site recently.
* Interviewed Sean Foley on Friday for Sympatico. Foley is a great talker — one of the best when it comes to presenting his perspective, though sometimes I wonder how many people can follow his often arcane discussion of biomechanics and golf. Anyway, the interview was fine, but the funny part was running into him as I was leaving to depart for a dinner later in the day. Foley was wearing a black leather coat and was walking by so I flagged him down. He came over and I asked him if the media onslaught was over — Foley had basically appeared in every media outlet in Toronto when all was said and done. He said he’d been asked the same questions over and over and his ambition for the day had been to try to answer the questions slightly differently — though still truthfully — each time.
* Guelph’s solid Cutten Club isn’t Cutten Club any more. It is now Cutten Fields, its original name. The club made the announcement today. “”Today represents an important milestone in the history of our Club,” says Cutten’s GM Craig Moore. “We’re restoring the Club’s name an identity to its original name – Cutten Fields – so we can honour the traditions and heritage of our past as we evolve for the future.” Now if Highlands Links would just become Cape Breton Highlands Links once again…
* There aren’t many courses opening this year, but Oak Bay in Muskokais among them. The course, designed by Shawn Watters, will open at the end of May, according to a release the club put out.