The beginning of August has brought significant milestones in the histories of golf courses east and west.
In Saint Andrews, N.B. the Algonquin Resort has had a soft opening, with all 18 holes open for preview play after a redesign by architect Rod Whitman.
I had a sneak peek of my own just over a month ago and the change is significant, particularly the tree removal to open the golf course up to the water.
Director of golf Jason Porter explains more in this interview with CBC Radio. When I visited the Algonquin, I had a chance to chat with Whitman. Click Play below to hear that interview.
In Calgary, Barry Ehlert, managing partner/owner of the Windmill Golf Group, has announced that seeding and sodding of Mickelson National has begun, sending a venue that many see as a potential future site of the RBC Canadian Open into the stretch run.
Phil Mickelson, who is designing it, visited on Canada Day. “Word is starting to get around. It’s a special place,” said Mickelson.
“It’s even more so as you start to be able to visually see it. Now, you can see some of the dramatics of the holes. Some of the trees are planted. You can see some of the bunkering,” he said.
“You can get a better visual of how it’s going to look and play when it’s grassed,” said Mickelson.