Gerry Chase, president and COO of New Castle Hotels and Resorts, announced Wednesday that Canadian golf course architect Rod Whitman will lead a generational repositioning of the Algonquin Resort’s golf course in St. Andrews, N.B.
Whitman is renowned for his work on Nova Scotia’s Cabot Links,
“The Algonquin Golf Course is currently recognized as the best in New Brunswick and ranks among the top 100 courses in the country,” said Matthew MacKenzie, general manager of the resort.
“We want to elevate that standing and ensure that our course, a Maritimes treasure that has been challenging and impressing golfers for more than a century, stays competitive in terms of the level of play it offers and the sheer beauty of the design,” he added.
“Who better than Canada’s leading golf course architect to make that happen?” he said.
Whitman’s redesign will be focused on accentuating the natural beauty of the region, re-sculpting holes, tee boxes, bunkers and greens. Sightlines and views will emphasize the Bay of Fundy location and the historic town of St. Andrews.
“New golf course design is always a creative challenge,” said Whitman. “The Algonquin Resort Golf Club has a long and storied history and I am honoured to be entrusted to re-imagine this national legacy. I look forward to the opportunity to further enhance the golfing experience at this one-of a- kind, seaside resort.”
Originally constructed in 1894, The Algonquin Golf Course was redesigned and expanded with an “executive nine” for those who don’t have time for a full 18 in the 1920s.
The current, 7,000-yard, par 72 course was designed in 2000. It’s original clubhouse is believed to be the oldest in the country.