A few notes on fall day that seems more like winter where this blog is being tapped out, but if the latest unconfirmed report of what York Downs in Markham, Ont., will fetch proves to be final number, it will make for a warm and fuzzy holiday season for its members. The report says the new number is an astounding $412-million. Previous reports had the price coming in between $274-million and $325-million to develop the prime land. An information session is reportedly planned for January with a vote by membership shortly afterwards. It could also mean a happy new year for other operations in the Toronto area with cash-flush members looking for another club, assuming that’s the way they want to go … Despite all the gloom-and-doom stories about the golf industry that appeared this past summer, respondents to this week’s GNN Poll say they would still discuss the state of the industry with the media. Nine out of 10 said they would agree to an interview if requested. You can still vote on the GNN home page.
The Golf Association of Ontario and TaylorMade-adidas Golf Canada have agreed to a three-year agreement that will see TaylorMade-adidas become the official clothing provider and high performance program partner of the GAO. With the agreement, TaylorMade-adidas Golf Canada becomes the official clothing supplier of staff, volunteers and GAO team members, along with participants in various programs. TaylorMade-adidas Golf Canada also becomes the official equipment and clothing sponsor of the GAO’s high performance program … Alex McIntyre, head professional at the Essex Golf and Country Club near Windsor, has been named president of the PGA of Ontario, replacing Rob Hickson, who is now past president. Tom Vanderlip, general manager of Peninsula Lakes Golf Club, and Mike Kelly, director of sport development for the GAO, have been added to the PGA of Ontario board of directors, replacing Mark Sharpe and Randy Taylor.