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HOME ON THE GREEN 12 Living and playing in Muskoka

Sony recommends Windows Vista® Business.

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18 UP FRONT 6 Desert oasis, a car fit for James Bond, champagne bars and more.

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Connect wirelessly outside “the zone” Wherever your business takes you, stay connected with the Sony VAIO® TZ or SZ notebook. With the high speed mobile network from Bell, you can access high speed Internet from virtually anywhere you get a cellular signal.

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RISING STARS 28 The ones to watch—golf champions of tomorrow.

Buy one of these VAIO notebooks and activate the Bell high speed mobile network before March 31/08 and get a mail-in bonus Sony gift card (see store or website for details).

Available at selected Sony stores, www.sonystyle.ca or call 1-888-289-7669

SIGNATURE HOLES Highlights from challenging courses at home and abroad. CAR REVIEW Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Roadster. TECH TOYS Golf gadgets to improve your game. WINE REVIEW Four exquisite California reds.

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THE FUTURE OF GOLF Helping the next generation get into the sport.

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60 FASHION 46 Golfstyles for the fairways.

MASTERS OF THE GAME The history and the allure of golf’s most prestigious prize.

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The slim, sleek TZ or SZ VAIO notebook features exceptional lightweight design, long battery life, durable carbon-fibre casing and XBRITE™ LCD for excellent readability. Add the Intel® Core™2 Duo processor and you have the ultimate, portable, powerful PC solution. For more info, go to sonystyle.ca/freedom.

THE GREAT ONE GOES GOLFING Wayne Gretzky’s new PGA Nationwide event.

ON THE SHELF Crack open these novels and land in London, L.A., Istanbul and points beyond. PGA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE Your guide to a season of great golf. COVER PHOTO: TS Photography/GettyImages

For more information on Sony and the environment, visit www.sony.ca/ecoinfo. Services available within Bell Mobility high speed mobile network coverage areas where technology permits. Intel and Centrino are registered trademarks and Core is a trademark of Intel Corporation. Windows Vista is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Sony. VAIO, XBRITE, sonystyle and the Sony store are trademarks of Sony Corporation.

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IN THE ISSUE:

feat u res

HOME ON THE GREEN 12 Living and playing in Muskoka

Sony recommends Windows Vista® Business.

and Georgian Bay.

departments

8

18 UP FRONT 6 Desert oasis, a car fit for James Bond, champagne bars and more.

22

26

38

Connect wirelessly outside “the zone” Wherever your business takes you, stay connected with the Sony VAIO® TZ or SZ notebook. With the high speed mobile network from Bell, you can access high speed Internet from virtually anywhere you get a cellular signal.

VGN-SZ780CN

RISING STARS 28 The ones to watch—golf champions of tomorrow.

Buy one of these VAIO notebooks and activate the Bell high speed mobile network before March 31/08 and get a mail-in bonus Sony gift card (see store or website for details).

Available at selected Sony stores, www.sonystyle.ca or call 1-888-289-7669

SIGNATURE HOLES Highlights from challenging courses at home and abroad. CAR REVIEW Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Roadster. TECH TOYS Golf gadgets to improve your game. WINE REVIEW Four exquisite California reds.

56

THE FUTURE OF GOLF Helping the next generation get into the sport.

59

60 FASHION 46 Golfstyles for the fairways.

MASTERS OF THE GAME The history and the allure of golf’s most prestigious prize.

44

VGN-TZ37CNB

The slim, sleek TZ or SZ VAIO notebook features exceptional lightweight design, long battery life, durable carbon-fibre casing and XBRITE™ LCD for excellent readability. Add the Intel® Core™2 Duo processor and you have the ultimate, portable, powerful PC solution. For more info, go to sonystyle.ca/freedom.

THE GREAT ONE GOES GOLFING Wayne Gretzky’s new PGA Nationwide event.

ON THE SHELF Crack open these novels and land in London, L.A., Istanbul and points beyond. PGA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE Your guide to a season of great golf. COVER PHOTO: TS Photography/GettyImages

For more information on Sony and the environment, visit www.sony.ca/ecoinfo. Services available within Bell Mobility high speed mobile network coverage areas where technology permits. Intel and Centrino are registered trademarks and Core is a trademark of Intel Corporation. Windows Vista is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Sony. VAIO, XBRITE, sonystyle and the Sony store are trademarks of Sony Corporation.

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PUBLISHERʼS NOTE

BAY STREET PUBLISHING Vol. 5, No. 1

MARCH 2008

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VICE PRESIDENT, PUBLISHER Fred Sanders EDITOR Catherine Roberts CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Leigh Anne Williams ART DIRECTOR Mark Tzerelshtein CONTRIBUTORS Chris Daniels Mike Dojc Carolyn Leitch Marc Phillips Chris Powell PHOTOGRAPHER Ruslan Sarkisian ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER, TRAVEL Vanessa Lee DIRECTOR, ADVERTISING SALES Bill Percy advertising@thebaystreetbull.ca COMMUNICATIONS FACILITATOR David Rees The Bay Street Bull is published six times yearly and distributed in Toronto’s financial and business districts. Distribution method: hand-delivered, inserted, mailed and retail. Editorial + subscription + retail advertising enquiries 305 Evans Ave., Suite 305, Etobicoke, Ontario M8Z 1K2.

sign that Toronto’s winter is nearing its end and that spring is fast approaching is the return of the Toronto Star Golf & Travel Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This year’s show runs from Feb. 29 to March 2 and will be the largest consumer golf show in North America. For the corporate golfer who is getting away from it all or who’s taking staff or clients on that rewarding special trip, this show features some of the best golf resorts and courses in Ontario, throughout North America and around the world. Getting back into the swing of things after a long hiatus can be tough, but golf fan and technology writer Mike Dojc offers up the latest gadgets to hit the fairways—everything from a titanium driver to a noiseless and nimble golf cart. He then takes us on a historical journey of the Masters Tournament, looking at those seminal moments and traditions that make the event such hallmark of the game. And for those who think they know who will usurp Tiger Woods’ throne, we just might have surprise in store for you. We’ve picked five golfers that we’re sure are going to be hitting their stride in the next few years. Carolyn Leitch highlights the trend of golfers buying property close to where their hearts are—their favorite courses—and the Muskoka developers who are catering to those buyers. Ever wonder exactly what makes red wine from California so good? If you don’t have time to make your own Sideways trip into that wine country, Marc Phillips offers insight and advice on delicious wines to taste from the region. And Chris Daniels tells you all about Wayne Gretzky’s latest step in the golf world—the inaugural Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic PGA Nationwide event that will be held at the Georgian Bay Club and the Raven Golf Club from June 23 to 29. We are always interested to hear how you thing we’re doing. If you want to write in about this issue, or have an idea that you would like to see featured in the magazine, please address your letter to The Publisher, The Bay Street Bull, 305 Evans Avenue, Suite 305, Etobicoke, Ontario M8Z 1K2 or email me at publisher@thebaystreetbull.ca.

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PUBLISHERʼS NOTE

BAY STREET PUBLISHING Vol. 5, No. 1

MARCH 2008

Photo: Ruslan Sarkisian

VICE PRESIDENT, PUBLISHER Fred Sanders EDITOR Catherine Roberts CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Leigh Anne Williams ART DIRECTOR Mark Tzerelshtein CONTRIBUTORS Chris Daniels Mike Dojc Carolyn Leitch Marc Phillips Chris Powell PHOTOGRAPHER Ruslan Sarkisian ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER, TRAVEL Vanessa Lee DIRECTOR, ADVERTISING SALES Bill Percy advertising@thebaystreetbull.ca COMMUNICATIONS FACILITATOR David Rees The Bay Street Bull is published six times yearly and distributed in Toronto’s financial and business districts. Distribution method: hand-delivered, inserted, mailed and retail. Editorial + subscription + retail advertising enquiries 305 Evans Ave., Suite 305, Etobicoke, Ontario M8Z 1K2.

sign that Toronto’s winter is nearing its end and that spring is fast approaching is the return of the Toronto Star Golf & Travel Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This year’s show runs from Feb. 29 to March 2 and will be the largest consumer golf show in North America. For the corporate golfer who is getting away from it all or who’s taking staff or clients on that rewarding special trip, this show features some of the best golf resorts and courses in Ontario, throughout North America and around the world. Getting back into the swing of things after a long hiatus can be tough, but golf fan and technology writer Mike Dojc offers up the latest gadgets to hit the fairways—everything from a titanium driver to a noiseless and nimble golf cart. He then takes us on a historical journey of the Masters Tournament, looking at those seminal moments and traditions that make the event such hallmark of the game. And for those who think they know who will usurp Tiger Woods’ throne, we just might have surprise in store for you. We’ve picked five golfers that we’re sure are going to be hitting their stride in the next few years. Carolyn Leitch highlights the trend of golfers buying property close to where their hearts are—their favorite courses—and the Muskoka developers who are catering to those buyers. Ever wonder exactly what makes red wine from California so good? If you don’t have time to make your own Sideways trip into that wine country, Marc Phillips offers insight and advice on delicious wines to taste from the region. And Chris Daniels tells you all about Wayne Gretzky’s latest step in the golf world—the inaugural Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic PGA Nationwide event that will be held at the Georgian Bay Club and the Raven Golf Club from June 23 to 29. We are always interested to hear how you thing we’re doing. If you want to write in about this issue, or have an idea that you would like to see featured in the magazine, please address your letter to The Publisher, The Bay Street Bull, 305 Evans Avenue, Suite 305, Etobicoke, Ontario M8Z 1K2 or email me at publisher@thebaystreetbull.ca.

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Champagne Dreams

The Marriott hotel chain has opened a new luxurious spa facility in Palm Desert, California. The 38,000 square-foot facility includes an organic cafÊ, Turkish baths, digitally programmable desert rain showers, saunas, whirlpools, and more in a calming setting that includes limestone and Brazilian Ipe wood and a 10-foot waterfall in the lobby. The Desert Springs Spa uses local ingredients including citrus and dates used in the Citrus Sugar Scrub and Date Scrub. The Spa’s signature body therapy, the Desert Journey, begins with the application of a creamy emulsion made of orange, tangerine and mandarin-scented body butter combined with a light brown sugar scrub. Combining Swedish massage and gentle rocking techniques to calm the body, the therapist then applies hot basalt stones to the chakras and meridians. Included in the treatment is a paraffin foot treatment; a scalp, neck and shoulder massage; and reflexology for the hands and feet. Other spa treatments include a mud ritual, wraps and a full menu of facials. The spa also has a heated outdoor lap pool, cardio and strength-training equipment and a yoga studio. There is also a beauty salon that offers manicures, pedicures and hairstyling. desertspringsresort.com

Baseball’s Mona Lisa One of the biggest moments in trading card collecting history was in February, 2007, when a near-mint condition Honus Wagner sold for $2.3 million. At that point, it was probably the highest price ever paid for a baseball card. Then, in September, the same card was sold again. This time, it went for $2.8 million to a private collector. The card in question, a T206 Honus Wagner, was made by the American Tobacco Company in 1909. There are estimated to be fewer than 100 in existence. This card was once purportedly owned by hockey great Wayne Gretzky and has been called the “Mona Lisa of baseball cards.� Why so rare? Because according to some historians, Honus Wagner, a shortstop who played in the major leagues from 1897 to 1917 and who is considered the greatest shortstop of all time, didn’t want his image to be used to sell tobacco and stopped production of the card. t206museum.com

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Scuba Car Champagne bars are a hot trend these days. Europe’s longest champagne bar opened last November, and the Liberty Hotel in Boston just got its own Veuve Clicquot champagne bar. Now, London’s posh department store Harrods has opened the Dom Perignon Oenothèque bar. The bar offers two vintages by the glass: the 1995 at £65 (about $127) and the 1975 at £250 (about $490) per glass. The Dom Perignon Oenothèque is aged in cellars before the wine is disgorged so that the yeast can mature further. harrods.com

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Rinspeed, a Swiss company known for its innovative and out-of-the-box designs, has created a car that goes from land to sea in seconds. The sQuab is making its debut at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, 30 years after its prototype first appeared in the James Bond flick The Spy Who Loved Me. This all-electric car with one motor for land and two to propel it underwater can ‘fly’ underwater and has zero emissions. Rinspeed seems to have thought of it all: a salt-resistant interior, on-board breathing apparatus that acts much like scuba gear, open cockpit for safety and viewing pleasure, as well as a laser sensor system for driverless motoring. Interested? Visit rinspeed.com.

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Golf Charms When it comes to designer golf jewelry, few can compete with Tiffany & Co. Its current collection includes an 18 karat yellow and white gold charm with diamonds ($1,500); a stainless steel golf putter with a silver head ($1,600); sterling silver golf ball key ring ($105) and the Paloma Picasso golf tee tool ($265). If your partner doesn’t share your love of the game, a golf gift from this collection just might inspire a change of heart. tiffany.ca

Champagne Dreams

The Marriott hotel chain has opened a new luxurious spa facility in Palm Desert, California. The 38,000 square-foot facility includes an organic cafÊ, Turkish baths, digitally programmable desert rain showers, saunas, whirlpools, and more in a calming setting that includes limestone and Brazilian Ipe wood and a 10-foot waterfall in the lobby. The Desert Springs Spa uses local ingredients including citrus and dates used in the Citrus Sugar Scrub and Date Scrub. The Spa’s signature body therapy, the Desert Journey, begins with the application of a creamy emulsion made of orange, tangerine and mandarin-scented body butter combined with a light brown sugar scrub. Combining Swedish massage and gentle rocking techniques to calm the body, the therapist then applies hot basalt stones to the chakras and meridians. Included in the treatment is a paraffin foot treatment; a scalp, neck and shoulder massage; and reflexology for the hands and feet. Other spa treatments include a mud ritual, wraps and a full menu of facials. The spa also has a heated outdoor lap pool, cardio and strength-training equipment and a yoga studio. There is also a beauty salon that offers manicures, pedicures and hairstyling. desertspringsresort.com

Baseball’s Mona Lisa One of the biggest moments in trading card collecting history was in February, 2007, when a near-mint condition Honus Wagner sold for $2.3 million. At that point, it was probably the highest price ever paid for a baseball card. Then, in September, the same card was sold again. This time, it went for $2.8 million to a private collector. The card in question, a T206 Honus Wagner, was made by the American Tobacco Company in 1909. There are estimated to be fewer than 100 in existence. This card was once purportedly owned by hockey great Wayne Gretzky and has been called the “Mona Lisa of baseball cards.� Why so rare? Because according to some historians, Honus Wagner, a shortstop who played in the major leagues from 1897 to 1917 and who is considered the greatest shortstop of all time, didn’t want his image to be used to sell tobacco and stopped production of the card. t206museum.com

#FDBVTFZPVDBO

Scuba Car Champagne bars are a hot trend these days. Europe’s longest champagne bar opened last November, and the Liberty Hotel in Boston just got its own Veuve Clicquot champagne bar. Now, London’s posh department store Harrods has opened the Dom Perignon Oenothèque bar. The bar offers two vintages by the glass: the 1995 at £65 (about $127) and the 1975 at £250 (about $490) per glass. The Dom Perignon Oenothèque is aged in cellars before the wine is disgorged so that the yeast can mature further. harrods.com

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Rinspeed, a Swiss company known for its innovative and out-of-the-box designs, has created a car that goes from land to sea in seconds. The sQuab is making its debut at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, 30 years after its prototype first appeared in the James Bond flick The Spy Who Loved Me. This all-electric car with one motor for land and two to propel it underwater can ‘fly’ underwater and has zero emissions. Rinspeed seems to have thought of it all: a salt-resistant interior, on-board breathing apparatus that acts much like scuba gear, open cockpit for safety and viewing pleasure, as well as a laser sensor system for driverless motoring. Interested? Visit rinspeed.com.

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THE GREAT ONE Goes Golfing Wayne Gretzky starts his own PGA Nationwide event BY CHRIS DANIELS

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f Hollywood had an official sport, it would undoubtedly be golf. Singer Justin Timberlake has had a PGA tour event named after him, as has comedian George Lopez. A slew of others like actor Michael Douglas have had celebrity golf events named after them. Heck, there’s even a tour where actors and other celebrities can play for cash. Now, the NHL’s alltime leading scorer and Canadian sports legend Wayne Gretzky is adding his name to his very own PGA Nationwide event: The Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic. The brand new six-day tournament— partnering pro players with celebrities and amateurs—will tee off on June 23. It will be held at two of the country’s newest and best reviewed private golf courses: the Georgian Bay Club and the Raven Golf Club at Lora Bay, located on Georgian Bay, 150 km northwest of Toronto. The stunning 230-acre course at the Georgian Bay Club was designed by Michael Hurdzan, a renowned expert on environmental golf course design, and named by Golf Digest as the top ranked new private course in Canada in 2005, a year after it opened. Not to be outdone, the Raven Golf Club, nestled in between the hills of Blue Mountain resort and designed by 1996 British Open champion Tom Lehman and prominent golf course architect Thomas McBroom, was voted sixth best new course in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine after it opened in 2006. In other words, there couldn’t be a better playground for Gretzky to stage such an event. His charitable foundation, which provides less-fortunate youth with the opportunity to experience hockey, had previously held the Wayne Gretzky

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Foundation Classic at Angus Glen in Markham, Ont. This year, however, foundation executive director Glen Gretzky (Wayne’s younger brother) wanted to create a weeklong event. To do that, the Wayne Gretzky Foundation partnered with the Nationwide Tour, an extension of the PGA Tour that identifies talented golfers and helps them transition to the highest pro arena. “I have MARCH 2008 | THE BAY STREET BULL | 9


THE GREAT ONE Goes Golfing Wayne Gretzky starts his own PGA Nationwide event BY CHRIS DANIELS

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f Hollywood had an official sport, it would undoubtedly be golf. Singer Justin Timberlake has had a PGA tour event named after him, as has comedian George Lopez. A slew of others like actor Michael Douglas have had celebrity golf events named after them. Heck, there’s even a tour where actors and other celebrities can play for cash. Now, the NHL’s alltime leading scorer and Canadian sports legend Wayne Gretzky is adding his name to his very own PGA Nationwide event: The Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic. The brand new six-day tournament— partnering pro players with celebrities and amateurs—will tee off on June 23. It will be held at two of the country’s newest and best reviewed private golf courses: the Georgian Bay Club and the Raven Golf Club at Lora Bay, located on Georgian Bay, 150 km northwest of Toronto. The stunning 230-acre course at the Georgian Bay Club was designed by Michael Hurdzan, a renowned expert on environmental golf course design, and named by Golf Digest as the top ranked new private course in Canada in 2005, a year after it opened. Not to be outdone, the Raven Golf Club, nestled in between the hills of Blue Mountain resort and designed by 1996 British Open champion Tom Lehman and prominent golf course architect Thomas McBroom, was voted sixth best new course in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine after it opened in 2006. In other words, there couldn’t be a better playground for Gretzky to stage such an event. His charitable foundation, which provides less-fortunate youth with the opportunity to experience hockey, had previously held the Wayne Gretzky

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Wayne Gretzky hits off the fourth tee during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on February 6, 2003 at Spy Glass Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Ca. Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images.

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adding that a portion of the proceeds will be earmarked for charities in the local community. The tournament will partner 160 Nationwide Tour players with roughly 30 celebrities, and 130 regional amateur golfers. One professional will be paired with one celebrity or amateur Thursday, June 26 and Friday, June 27, with the teams alternating between the two courses. On the weekend, the top 10 teams will compete for the ProCelebrity/Amateur title at the Georgian Bay Club. All four rounds will be televised by the Golf Channel. A spokesperson for Blake and Bosworth Group—the Connecticut-based sports marketing firm which is managing The Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic—would not yet disclose the celebrities who have been invited to compete, aside from Gretzky himself, of course. But there is no shortage of golfing celebrities to invite. You could see everyone from Matthew McConaughey (in a shirt, natch) to Ray Romano to High School Musical heartthrob Zac Efron and even Jessica Alba, who says she can drive the ball 200 yards. One of the best golfers in Hollywood is soap opera icon Jack Wagner, with a handicap of just plus 0.3. In fact, Wagner, along with his girlfriend Heather Locklear, regularly competes on the Celebrity Players Tour. Gretzky could also turn to a handful of current pro hockey players who have become addicted to the game, led by Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins (with an impressive 1 handicap), as well as Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames, Trevor Linden of the Vancouver Canucks and another Brantford-raised boy, Chris Gratton of the Tampa Bay Lightning, all three of which are said to have singledigit handicaps. But what everyone would really like to know is what is The Great One’s handicap these days? No one is talking, so we’ll have to wait to find out when The Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic tees off this June.

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adding that a portion of the proceeds will be earmarked for charities in the local community. The tournament will partner 160 Nationwide Tour players with roughly 30 celebrities, and 130 regional amateur golfers. One professional will be paired with one celebrity or amateur Thursday, June 26 and Friday, June 27, with the teams alternating between the two courses. On the weekend, the top 10 teams will compete for the ProCelebrity/Amateur title at the Georgian Bay Club. All four rounds will be televised by the Golf Channel. A spokesperson for Blake and Bosworth Group—the Connecticut-based sports marketing firm which is managing The Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic—would not yet disclose the celebrities who have been invited to compete, aside from Gretzky himself, of course. But there is no shortage of golfing celebrities to invite. You could see everyone from Matthew McConaughey (in a shirt, natch) to Ray Romano to High School Musical heartthrob Zac Efron and even Jessica Alba, who says she can drive the ball 200 yards. One of the best golfers in Hollywood is soap opera icon Jack Wagner, with a handicap of just plus 0.3. In fact, Wagner, along with his girlfriend Heather Locklear, regularly competes on the Celebrity Players Tour. Gretzky could also turn to a handful of current pro hockey players who have become addicted to the game, led by Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins (with an impressive 1 handicap), as well as Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames, Trevor Linden of the Vancouver Canucks and another Brantford-raised boy, Chris Gratton of the Tampa Bay Lightning, all three of which are said to have singledigit handicaps. But what everyone would really like to know is what is The Great One’s handicap these days? No one is talking, so we’ll have to wait to find out when The Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic tees off this June.

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eter Freed knew he had found the site for Muskoka Bay Club when he rolled his car over into a ditch. “We were looking out the window to the left and slid off the road to the right.” Freed and the landowner were on a tour of Muskoka backroads when the mishap took place. The men were unscathed, and sitting upside down in his car, and the Toronto-based developer knew he had found the location he had been looking for. He then assembled five different parcels of land for a total of 855 acres, and his vision of a four-season resort, golf course and housing development began to take shape. The Freed Development Corp. project is one of many that aim to combine the baby boomers’ obsession with golf with some of Ontario’s most desirable landscapes. Projects in and around Muskoka, Georgian Bay, Nottawasaga and Kingston offer young families the opportunity to have a vacation property without the upkeep of a cottage. Middle-aged empty nesters can ease towards retirement by spending longer days on the golf course or heading out for a sail. And then there are the investment prospects: many people who have seen their houses in 12 | THE BAY STREET BULL | MARCH 2008

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eter Freed knew he had found the site for Muskoka Bay Club when he rolled his car over into a ditch. “We were looking out the window to the left and slid off the road to the right.” Freed and the landowner were on a tour of Muskoka backroads when the mishap took place. The men were unscathed, and sitting upside down in his car, and the Toronto-based developer knew he had found the location he had been looking for. He then assembled five different parcels of land for a total of 855 acres, and his vision of a four-season resort, golf course and housing development began to take shape. The Freed Development Corp. project is one of many that aim to combine the baby boomers’ obsession with golf with some of Ontario’s most desirable landscapes. Projects in and around Muskoka, Georgian Bay, Nottawasaga and Kingston offer young families the opportunity to have a vacation property without the upkeep of a cottage. Middle-aged empty nesters can ease towards retirement by spending longer days on the golf course or heading out for a sail. And then there are the investment prospects: many people who have seen their houses in 12 | THE BAY STREET BULL | MARCH 2008

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the city soar in value in recent years see a vacation property as a sound investment that comes with an improvement in lifestyle. A house backing onto a fairway generally commands a premium price of $50,000 to $75,000 more than the same house on a regular lot, Freed estimates. Recently, Golf Digest named Muskoka Bay best new Canadian course for 2007. In making the award, the magazine said Toronto-based golf architect Doug Carrick created something “challenging, breathtaking and playable out of a questionable hunk of rock.” Sue Bartholomew is one homeowner who loves the fringe benefits of living on the 11th fairway at Georgian Bay Club in Collingwood. She and her husband, Robert Blake, have lived in their 4,000-square-foot house for about a year. Blake, of Blake and Frost Developments, is the home’s builder and has now listed it for sale at $1.995-million. Bartholomew and Blake are golfers and boaters who split their time at Georgian Bay Club between the two activities. Many of their neighbors also like the area’s skiing, she adds. The views of Georgian Bay are spectacular from the clubhouse, says Bartholomew, who enjoys sitting on the patio and

watching the members finish their rounds.“The clubhouse is the biggest draw for sure. We can walk to dinner every night.” But while living in a home backing onto a privately-owned golf course has its privileges, a free membership isn’t one of them: Dues were not included in the purchase price of the house. Nevertheless, Bartholomew says she loves being surrounded by a verdant background, and she’s not worried about the hazards of flying golf balls.“You’d have to have a pretty bad shot to get near our house,” she says. Doug Gillis is the listing agent for the Bartholomew and Blake house and a broker with ReMax Four Seasons Realty Ltd. Gillis has sold plenty of houses on and around the fairways of Collingwood and the neighboring areas. “I think that golfers are unique creatures,” says Gillis. He sees the appeal of peaceful and quiet surroundings, an open vista instead of a view of neighbors’ homes, and access to nice walking trails. But none of that really explains the grip such places have on the zealots—the ones who will pay thousands of dollars more for a house just to be that much closer to the source of their addiction. “The people who are really into it, they just can’t get enough of it,” says Gillis.

“THE PEOPLE WHO ARE REALLY INTO IT, THEY JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF IT.”

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the city soar in value in recent years see a vacation property as a sound investment that comes with an improvement in lifestyle. A house backing onto a fairway generally commands a premium price of $50,000 to $75,000 more than the same house on a regular lot, Freed estimates. Recently, Golf Digest named Muskoka Bay best new Canadian course for 2007. In making the award, the magazine said Toronto-based golf architect Doug Carrick created something “challenging, breathtaking and playable out of a questionable hunk of rock.” Sue Bartholomew is one homeowner who loves the fringe benefits of living on the 11th fairway at Georgian Bay Club in Collingwood. She and her husband, Robert Blake, have lived in their 4,000-square-foot house for about a year. Blake, of Blake and Frost Developments, is the home’s builder and has now listed it for sale at $1.995-million. Bartholomew and Blake are golfers and boaters who split their time at Georgian Bay Club between the two activities. Many of their neighbors also like the area’s skiing, she adds. The views of Georgian Bay are spectacular from the clubhouse, says Bartholomew, who enjoys sitting on the patio and

watching the members finish their rounds.“The clubhouse is the biggest draw for sure. We can walk to dinner every night.” But while living in a home backing onto a privately-owned golf course has its privileges, a free membership isn’t one of them: Dues were not included in the purchase price of the house. Nevertheless, Bartholomew says she loves being surrounded by a verdant background, and she’s not worried about the hazards of flying golf balls.“You’d have to have a pretty bad shot to get near our house,” she says. Doug Gillis is the listing agent for the Bartholomew and Blake house and a broker with ReMax Four Seasons Realty Ltd. Gillis has sold plenty of houses on and around the fairways of Collingwood and the neighboring areas. “I think that golfers are unique creatures,” says Gillis. He sees the appeal of peaceful and quiet surroundings, an open vista instead of a view of neighbors’ homes, and access to nice walking trails. But none of that really explains the grip such places have on the zealots—the ones who will pay thousands of dollars more for a house just to be that much closer to the source of their addiction. “The people who are really into it, they just can’t get enough of it,” says Gillis.

“THE PEOPLE WHO ARE REALLY INTO IT, THEY JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF IT.”

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He also figures that for those who want a quiet life, the ratio of langor to endeavor is pretty good, considering how few days a year golfers can actually play when faced with the vagaries of Canadian weather. More often than not, he points out, “there’d be nobody out there.” Gillis estimates that the houses will range up to $4 million in price as more are completed. About 10 houses have been built so far on the 41 lots, and he says the buyers are often deep-pocketed executives and entrepreneurs who have a house in the city, and another vacation property or two in someplace like Florida. “It’s a unique group that can afford these things.” A few kilometers away, Bigwin Island offers 280 hectares surrounded by the waters of Lake of Bays in Muskoka. Customdesigned cottages have water frontages ranging from 60 to 300 metres of shoreline. The four-season houses are designed to blend in with the environment, with no two alike. The course itself is a par 72 championship layout with 75 strategically-located bunkers. A network of trails throughout the island will provide opportunities for walking, hiking and cycling, while the country club will offer tennis courts, a gym, swimming pool and kids’ play area. Architect Doug Carrick also designed the golf course at Bigwin Island, The first European settlers began spending their summers on the island in the 1870s, and, by 1920, lake steamers were bringing visitors to Bigwin Resort. The Lake of Bays landmark opened its doors in June, 1920, and immediately drew the elite and famous, including Hollywood couple Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians entertained guests in the pavilion. The name has been iconic in Muskoka ever since. 16 | THE BAY STREET BULL | MARCH 2008

“IT’S A UNIQUE GROUP THAT CAN AFFORD THESE THINGS.”

Stanley Thompson patterned the first nine holes of the original Bigwin Island Golf Course in 1922, and the back nine were in place a few years later. A couple of decades later the resort fell out of favor as it became increasingly expensive to operate By the 1970s, it had been abandoned. Then, a few years ago, RAP Consulting and Management Corp. came back to the island with a plan for championship golf, waterfront houses and condominiums. Francine Peters, a broker for Bigwin Island Realty Corp., says the island’s history and authenticity are a big draw for buyers. Reid’s Heritage Homes aims to evoke a “dream life set against perfect blue waters” to potential buyers of its cottages and country homes in the Georgian Bay towns of Port Elgin and Kincardine. The

Residences of Cobble Beach, as the project is known, is next to the Cobble Beach Golf Links, which stretches along the shoreline. Active families are the target market for the properties that can serve as four-season, full-time houses or investment properties. More than seven kilometres of hiking, cycling, skiing and snowshoeing trails meander throughout the 230 hectares. The first phase, which was launched in September, includes detached houses, villas and townhouses. In order to fit in with the environment, the houses have been built with low rooflines, allowing residents to have better views of the water and the Carrick-designed golf course. Meanwhile, at Muskoka Bay Club, 30 condominium townhouses have been built, and a new batch—some of which back onto the fairway—is slated for sale starting in July. Developer Freed calls the venture a 15-year project. Some of the townhouses will have a golf membership thrown in, but that partly depends on the unit and the location. Freed says that some vacationers want to be sitting right on the water, while others are content with the lower taxes levied away from the shoreline. Owners of the condominium units will have full—not fractional—ownership. A rental pool will allow owners to rent out their townhouse, if they choose. He typically sells to fitness enthusiasts in their 30s and retirees who are 55 and up. This year, the developers are adding tennis courts and swimming pool, with more accoutrements to come. “Not everyone in the family is a golfer,” says Freed. “We’re really bouncing off the whole lifestyle [thing].” Freed says he and his partners decided to build the golf course first, then build the community. The golf course was packed last year, he adds. He says he is confident that baby boomers’ desire for vacation homes will not dry up any time soon and that golf’s popularity will not dwindle significantly. “We consider the golf market for our kind of very high-end course very healthy. It’s not a commodity course.” The golf course becomes a long-term anchor, but it will be just one of the amenities in the end. “Whether golf goes up or down five, six, seven, eight or 10 percent over time, there’s still going to be a stable anchor for the community.” And, even if homeowners lose some of their fervor and let their clubs languish in the garage after a while, they still have the house. They can always take up gardening.

Another “No. 1.” Another “industry first.” Another accolade for superb image quality goes to Sony image sensors and processors. But we’re not satisfied. Another Sony technology is ready to colour the future of photography. 1978: World’s first practical CCD video camera made possible by the image sensor

1990: World’s first one inch 2-megapixel FIT CCD imaging element for HDTV 2003: World’s first practical application of four-colour CCD in a digital still camera for consumers 2004: First 1080i-enabled HD CCD for consumer use

2005: First CMOS sensor for consumer-use HD digital video cameras

2005: Enhanced Imaging Processor

2006: BIONZ™ image processing engine for high-definition imaging

2007: World’s first 12.1-megapixel 1/1.7-inch Super HAD CCD

2007: CMOS sensor Exmor™ featuring 12.24 megapixels —the industry’s highest for APS-C size sensors

Image sensors capture the beauty of subjects. Processors rapidly interpret the image information. We provide everything you need to enrich your power of expression. Your eyes see something attractive. Instantly your brain perceives “beauty” and stimulates your creative mind. This natural human ability exemplifies the power of Sony’s digital imaging technology. By continually refining the “eyes” (image sensors) and the “brains” (processors) of cameras, Sony engineers are working to develop technologies that produce more natural images—closer to human perception. Take, for example, Sony’s CCD image sensor technology. Since the 1970s, Sony has consistently led the industry in the advancement of CCD technology. In 1980, Sony launched the world’s first practical CCD colour video camera—one that earned its wings as an airborne camera for jumbo jets. In the same year, Sony gave the world its first consumer video camera. During 1980s and ‘90s, the popular Handycam® featured a CCD, and soon Sony’s CCD technology was popping up in a wide range of applications, including the first Cyber-shot, the digital still camera released in 1996.

For more product information, visit the Sony store® nearest you or visit www.sonystyle.ca or call 1-888-289-7669

See the full line-up of Handycam® camcorders, Cyber-shot digital cameras and

But there’s more to come. Powered by the new 12.24-megapixel Exmor™ CMOS sensor and the latest BIONZ™ image processing engine, the delivers rich, brilliant images and 5-frames-per-second continuous shooting performance. Encouraged by feedback from millions of creative professionals around the world, Sony has continued to focus on developing new and better technologies for artistic expression. In Handycam®, in Cyber-shot, and in , Sony DNA is clearly evident.

Sony Points to Sony Products. Faster!

For more information on Sony and the environment, visit www.sony.ca/ecoinfo

digital SLRs at participating, authorized retailers. Retailer may not carry all models.

The images above may differ slightly from the actual chips. “Sony”, “like.no.other”, “SonyStyle”, “the Sony store”, “Handycam”, “Cyber-shot”, , “BIONZ”, “Exmor” and respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. All other products and brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.


He also figures that for those who want a quiet life, the ratio of langor to endeavor is pretty good, considering how few days a year golfers can actually play when faced with the vagaries of Canadian weather. More often than not, he points out, “there’d be nobody out there.” Gillis estimates that the houses will range up to $4 million in price as more are completed. About 10 houses have been built so far on the 41 lots, and he says the buyers are often deep-pocketed executives and entrepreneurs who have a house in the city, and another vacation property or two in someplace like Florida. “It’s a unique group that can afford these things.” A few kilometers away, Bigwin Island offers 280 hectares surrounded by the waters of Lake of Bays in Muskoka. Customdesigned cottages have water frontages ranging from 60 to 300 metres of shoreline. The four-season houses are designed to blend in with the environment, with no two alike. The course itself is a par 72 championship layout with 75 strategically-located bunkers. A network of trails throughout the island will provide opportunities for walking, hiking and cycling, while the country club will offer tennis courts, a gym, swimming pool and kids’ play area. Architect Doug Carrick also designed the golf course at Bigwin Island, The first European settlers began spending their summers on the island in the 1870s, and, by 1920, lake steamers were bringing visitors to Bigwin Resort. The Lake of Bays landmark opened its doors in June, 1920, and immediately drew the elite and famous, including Hollywood couple Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians entertained guests in the pavilion. The name has been iconic in Muskoka ever since. 16 | THE BAY STREET BULL | MARCH 2008

“IT’S A UNIQUE GROUP THAT CAN AFFORD THESE THINGS.”

Stanley Thompson patterned the first nine holes of the original Bigwin Island Golf Course in 1922, and the back nine were in place a few years later. A couple of decades later the resort fell out of favor as it became increasingly expensive to operate By the 1970s, it had been abandoned. Then, a few years ago, RAP Consulting and Management Corp. came back to the island with a plan for championship golf, waterfront houses and condominiums. Francine Peters, a broker for Bigwin Island Realty Corp., says the island’s history and authenticity are a big draw for buyers. Reid’s Heritage Homes aims to evoke a “dream life set against perfect blue waters” to potential buyers of its cottages and country homes in the Georgian Bay towns of Port Elgin and Kincardine. The

Residences of Cobble Beach, as the project is known, is next to the Cobble Beach Golf Links, which stretches along the shoreline. Active families are the target market for the properties that can serve as four-season, full-time houses or investment properties. More than seven kilometres of hiking, cycling, skiing and snowshoeing trails meander throughout the 230 hectares. The first phase, which was launched in September, includes detached houses, villas and townhouses. In order to fit in with the environment, the houses have been built with low rooflines, allowing residents to have better views of the water and the Carrick-designed golf course. Meanwhile, at Muskoka Bay Club, 30 condominium townhouses have been built, and a new batch—some of which back onto the fairway—is slated for sale starting in July. Developer Freed calls the venture a 15-year project. Some of the townhouses will have a golf membership thrown in, but that partly depends on the unit and the location. Freed says that some vacationers want to be sitting right on the water, while others are content with the lower taxes levied away from the shoreline. Owners of the condominium units will have full—not fractional—ownership. A rental pool will allow owners to rent out their townhouse, if they choose. He typically sells to fitness enthusiasts in their 30s and retirees who are 55 and up. This year, the developers are adding tennis courts and swimming pool, with more accoutrements to come. “Not everyone in the family is a golfer,” says Freed. “We’re really bouncing off the whole lifestyle [thing].” Freed says he and his partners decided to build the golf course first, then build the community. The golf course was packed last year, he adds. He says he is confident that baby boomers’ desire for vacation homes will not dry up any time soon and that golf’s popularity will not dwindle significantly. “We consider the golf market for our kind of very high-end course very healthy. It’s not a commodity course.” The golf course becomes a long-term anchor, but it will be just one of the amenities in the end. “Whether golf goes up or down five, six, seven, eight or 10 percent over time, there’s still going to be a stable anchor for the community.” And, even if homeowners lose some of their fervor and let their clubs languish in the garage after a while, they still have the house. They can always take up gardening.

Another “No. 1.” Another “industry first.” Another accolade for superb image quality goes to Sony image sensors and processors. But we’re not satisfied. Another Sony technology is ready to colour the future of photography. 1978: World’s first practical CCD video camera made possible by the image sensor

1990: World’s first one inch 2-megapixel FIT CCD imaging element for HDTV 2003: World’s first practical application of four-colour CCD in a digital still camera for consumers 2004: First 1080i-enabled HD CCD for consumer use

2005: First CMOS sensor for consumer-use HD digital video cameras

2005: Enhanced Imaging Processor

2006: BIONZ™ image processing engine for high-definition imaging

2007: World’s first 12.1-megapixel 1/1.7-inch Super HAD CCD

2007: CMOS sensor Exmor™ featuring 12.24 megapixels —the industry’s highest for APS-C size sensors

Image sensors capture the beauty of subjects. Processors rapidly interpret the image information. We provide everything you need to enrich your power of expression. Your eyes see something attractive. Instantly your brain perceives “beauty” and stimulates your creative mind. This natural human ability exemplifies the power of Sony’s digital imaging technology. By continually refining the “eyes” (image sensors) and the “brains” (processors) of cameras, Sony engineers are working to develop technologies that produce more natural images—closer to human perception. Take, for example, Sony’s CCD image sensor technology. Since the 1970s, Sony has consistently led the industry in the advancement of CCD technology. In 1980, Sony launched the world’s first practical CCD colour video camera—one that earned its wings as an airborne camera for jumbo jets. In the same year, Sony gave the world its first consumer video camera. During 1980s and ‘90s, the popular Handycam® featured a CCD, and soon Sony’s CCD technology was popping up in a wide range of applications, including the first Cyber-shot, the digital still camera released in 1996.

For more product information, visit the Sony store® nearest you or visit www.sonystyle.ca or call 1-888-289-7669

See the full line-up of Handycam® camcorders, Cyber-shot digital cameras and

But there’s more to come. Powered by the new 12.24-megapixel Exmor™ CMOS sensor and the latest BIONZ™ image processing engine, the delivers rich, brilliant images and 5-frames-per-second continuous shooting performance. Encouraged by feedback from millions of creative professionals around the world, Sony has continued to focus on developing new and better technologies for artistic expression. In Handycam®, in Cyber-shot, and in , Sony DNA is clearly evident.

Sony Points to Sony Products. Faster!

For more information on Sony and the environment, visit www.sony.ca/ecoinfo

digital SLRs at participating, authorized retailers. Retailer may not carry all models.

The images above may differ slightly from the actual chips. “Sony”, “like.no.other”, “SonyStyle”, “the Sony store”, “Handycam”, “Cyber-shot”, , “BIONZ”, “Exmor” and respective logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. All other products and brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.


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tournament from the players who make the cut following the Friday round to the pimento cheese sandwiches munched on in the gallery. Augusta National’s picturepostcard holes appear to be arranged in a bouquet. There’s a different flower for each hole, from Tea Olive (No. 1) through Amen Corner (11, 12 and 13 where blooming azaleas and fragrant dogwoods brighten up the manicured fairways) right on through to Holly (No. 18). CBS has been spinning the Masters drama since 1956, and the broadcast itself is steeped in more traditions than a cup of green tea. But beyond the plethora of endearing Masters hallmarks including television interviews in the famous Butler Cabin, lifetime exemptions for winners, and the annual dinner of past champions where the previous year’s winner sets the menu (Mike Weir served rack of caribou in 2004), what really makes the Masters the PGA’s most engaging tour stop is a history filled with majestic golf moments that are fondly reminisced about in clubhouses around the world. Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts paid $70,000 in 1931 for a 148-hectare piece of farmland on which the golf course was constructed and the first

THERE’S NOTHING ORDINARY ABOUT THIS TOURNAMENT FROM THE PLAYERS WHO MAKE THE CUT FOLLOWING THE FRIDAY ROUND TO THE PIMENTO CHEESE SANDWICHES MUNCHED ON IN THE GALLERY.

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hile golf season officially tees off in January with the Mercedes-Benz Championship, most patrons of the flag-attacking art form don’t begin to follow the pro game until the Masters rolls around in April. It’s always easier for fans to become emotionally invested in a sport when the weather outside their windows is more aligned with what they’re seeing on their T.V. sets. There’s a reason we disparagingly deem tournaments like December’s $5.7-million purse Target World Challenge part of “silly season.” Granted, springtime in the north isn’t as peachy as springtime in Augusta, Georgia, but at

Above: Gene Sarazen taking a shot, surrounded by spectators in 1935. Photo: Central Press/Getty Images.

least we’re breaking out our clubs this time of year, and the birds are chirping. Winning the jolly green jacket awarded to the Masters winner is about as difficult as spotting a leprechaun wearing one at the end of a rainbow. If you only have the time to watch one golf tournament all year, make it the Masters. Golf’s first major is the perfect sports martini. It has got the pomp of Wimbledon chilled with the rarified atmosphere of the World Series and on the occasions when the leaderboard is really tight on the Sunday, there’s even a spritz of Super Bowl grandiosity stirred into the mix. There’s nothing ordinary about this

Left photo: From Augusta National Archives, (left to right) — Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Clifford Roberts during the presentation ceremony of the 1965 Masters Golf Tournament. Opposite page: A view of the course during the third round of the 2007 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2007. Photo: Jamie Squire/ Getty Images.

tournament was played in 1934. It was originally dubbed the Augusta National Invitation Tournament, but it didn’t take long before the Masters would live up to the lofty name it would soon adopt. In its second year off the ground, Gene Sarazen, one of the leading golfers of the day, hit what became known as “the shot heard round the world.” Over Sarazen’s

impressive career he won three PGA championships, an Open Championship, and a pair of U.S. Open titles. He also invented the modern sand wedge. But bring up the Squire’s name next time you’re talking to a golf fan who remembers Sarazen’s era and you’ll surely hear the story about his 235-yard approach shot that bounced into the par-5 15th for MARCH 2008 | THE BAY STREET BULL | 19


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tournament from the players who make the cut following the Friday round to the pimento cheese sandwiches munched on in the gallery. Augusta National’s picturepostcard holes appear to be arranged in a bouquet. There’s a different flower for each hole, from Tea Olive (No. 1) through Amen Corner (11, 12 and 13 where blooming azaleas and fragrant dogwoods brighten up the manicured fairways) right on through to Holly (No. 18). CBS has been spinning the Masters drama since 1956, and the broadcast itself is steeped in more traditions than a cup of green tea. But beyond the plethora of endearing Masters hallmarks including television interviews in the famous Butler Cabin, lifetime exemptions for winners, and the annual dinner of past champions where the previous year’s winner sets the menu (Mike Weir served rack of caribou in 2004), what really makes the Masters the PGA’s most engaging tour stop is a history filled with majestic golf moments that are fondly reminisced about in clubhouses around the world. Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts paid $70,000 in 1931 for a 148-hectare piece of farmland on which the golf course was constructed and the first

THERE’S NOTHING ORDINARY ABOUT THIS TOURNAMENT FROM THE PLAYERS WHO MAKE THE CUT FOLLOWING THE FRIDAY ROUND TO THE PIMENTO CHEESE SANDWICHES MUNCHED ON IN THE GALLERY.

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hile golf season officially tees off in January with the Mercedes-Benz Championship, most patrons of the flag-attacking art form don’t begin to follow the pro game until the Masters rolls around in April. It’s always easier for fans to become emotionally invested in a sport when the weather outside their windows is more aligned with what they’re seeing on their T.V. sets. There’s a reason we disparagingly deem tournaments like December’s $5.7-million purse Target World Challenge part of “silly season.” Granted, springtime in the north isn’t as peachy as springtime in Augusta, Georgia, but at

Above: Gene Sarazen taking a shot, surrounded by spectators in 1935. Photo: Central Press/Getty Images.

least we’re breaking out our clubs this time of year, and the birds are chirping. Winning the jolly green jacket awarded to the Masters winner is about as difficult as spotting a leprechaun wearing one at the end of a rainbow. If you only have the time to watch one golf tournament all year, make it the Masters. Golf’s first major is the perfect sports martini. It has got the pomp of Wimbledon chilled with the rarified atmosphere of the World Series and on the occasions when the leaderboard is really tight on the Sunday, there’s even a spritz of Super Bowl grandiosity stirred into the mix. There’s nothing ordinary about this

Left photo: From Augusta National Archives, (left to right) — Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Clifford Roberts during the presentation ceremony of the 1965 Masters Golf Tournament. Opposite page: A view of the course during the third round of the 2007 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2007. Photo: Jamie Squire/ Getty Images.

tournament was played in 1934. It was originally dubbed the Augusta National Invitation Tournament, but it didn’t take long before the Masters would live up to the lofty name it would soon adopt. In its second year off the ground, Gene Sarazen, one of the leading golfers of the day, hit what became known as “the shot heard round the world.” Over Sarazen’s

impressive career he won three PGA championships, an Open Championship, and a pair of U.S. Open titles. He also invented the modern sand wedge. But bring up the Squire’s name next time you’re talking to a golf fan who remembers Sarazen’s era and you’ll surely hear the story about his 235-yard approach shot that bounced into the par-5 15th for MARCH 2008 | THE BAY STREET BULL | 19


Below: Larry Mize puts on the green jacket with the help of Jack Nicklaus during the presentation ceremony of the 1987 Masters Tournament. Right photo: 1981 Masters Tournament—score stand. Next page: Phil Mickelson plays his second shot out of the bunker on the sixth hole during the final round of the Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2004. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images.

a double-eagle on his final round. The shot tied him with Craig Wood, who Sarazen would defeat the next day in a playoff to win the tournament. Sarazen passed away in 1999, but the young guns of today still feel the golf legend’s presence whenever they cross the footbridge named in his honour to get to the 15th green. Sunday surprises are par for the course at the Masters. One of the biggest was Augusta local Larry Mize’s jaw-dropping chip in 1987. After 72-holes, Mize was tied at three shots under par with Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman. On the first hole of the ensuing playoff, Ballesteros is bitten by the bogeyman and bows out after blowing a six-footer. Next up is the par 4 11th. After flubbing his ap-

proach shot, landing his ball 140 feet from the flagstick and near the 12th tee-box, Mize looks like shark meat. Norman’s approach settles 50 feet to the right of the pin. Then seemingly channeling David Copperfield, Mize pulls off quite the trick, as his chip makes three hopeful hops and carries halfway across the green before disappearing into the hole. Norman can’t follow the act failing to hole his long putt to tie and is the Master’s runner-up for the second year in a row. It’s not always a singular shot that’s the takeaway from a Masters. Sometimes it’s an unexpected flourish. Jack Nicklaus’s 1975 Masters run can be summed up in the aftermath of a 40-foot putt he boldly drilled in on the 16th. Nicklaus and his caddie Willie Peterson couldn’t contain their ex-

IN THE YOUTUBE AGE WHEN BREATHTAKING MASTERSTROKES CAN GO VIRAL VERY QUICKLY, SHOTS LIKE SARAZEN’S AND MIZE’S AND IMPROMPTU CASES OF DANCE FEVER BECOME THE STUFF OF LEGENDS IN DAYS RATHER THAN DECADES.

THE PUTT ITSELF WAS ECLIPSED BY MICKELSON’S JUBILANT VICTORY LEAP AFTERWARDS. “DADDY’S WON! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?” HE SAID TO HIS ECSTATIC WIFE AND YOUNG CHILDREN AS THEY RUSHED TO CONGRATULATE HIM.

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In 2004, the year previous, longtime fan favorite, Phil Mickelson sized up an 18footer to seal the deal on the tournament. He’d just been shown the way by Chris DiMarco who was three inches shy of Mickelson’s ball marker and missed his attempt. Eager to finally shed the bestplayer-to-never-win-a-major tag that had dogged him to this point, Mickelson analyzed every inch of the putting surface and replayed DiMarco’s shot in his head before taking his putt, a determined right to left pin seeker which found the cup’s lip and dropped in for birdie securing the win. The putt itself was eclipsed by Mick-

elson’s jubilant victory leap afterwards. “Daddy’s won! Can you believe it?” he said to his ecstatic wife and young children as they rushed to congratulate him. While his 2006 win was also sweet, it’s hard to beat the first time. The Masters doesn’t just coronate golf heroes, it also has been known to mint new stars on occasion. Outside of Canada, Mike Weir wasn’t exactly a household name before his win in 2003, and nobody had really heard of Zach Johnson before his 2007 triumph where steady play held Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen and Rory Sabbatini at bay by two strokes. And Johnson proved he was no one-trick pony

going on to win the AT&T Classic and to finish seventh in the inaugural FedEx Cup points race. Not too shabby for a player who was 33rd on the world money list in 2006 and had only one prior PGA tour win to his credit. The first round of the 72nd Masters gets underway Thursday April 10. In addition to Tiger’s quest for a fifth green jacket, another storyline to follow is how well Asian Tour stars like China’s Liang Wen-Chong and Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng will fare in their tournament debuts. The continent’s biggest hopes in Augusta continue to rest with K.J. Choi. The first Korean to earn a PGA tour card continues to be on a roll after a stellar 2007 where he finished sixth on the world money list.

citement and started busting out moves, transforming the green into a disco floor. In the YouTube age when breathtaking masterstrokes can go viral very quickly, shots like Sarazen’s and Mize’s and impromptu cases of dance fever become the stuff of legends in days rather than decades. And when you talk about the modern game—you just knew we couldn’t go much further without bringing up Eldrick Tiger Woods, a man with an uncanny predilection for leaving galleries gaping with awe. Out of his four Masters triumphs, the moment that stands out above all the highlights was a birdie on the 16th hole on the final day of the 2005 Masters. TW’s slow-rolling, perfectly telegraphed, chip shot navigated its way toward the hole as if the ball was being guided across the green by remote control. Then, as if pausing for dramatic effect, it hung onto the lip of the cup for what felt like a full three seconds before finally taking the plunge. “Oh my goodness… Oh Wow … In your life, have you seen anything like that?” marveled CBS commentator Verne Lundquist.

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Below: Larry Mize puts on the green jacket with the help of Jack Nicklaus during the presentation ceremony of the 1987 Masters Tournament. Right photo: 1981 Masters Tournament—score stand. Next page: Phil Mickelson plays his second shot out of the bunker on the sixth hole during the final round of the Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2004. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images.

a double-eagle on his final round. The shot tied him with Craig Wood, who Sarazen would defeat the next day in a playoff to win the tournament. Sarazen passed away in 1999, but the young guns of today still feel the golf legend’s presence whenever they cross the footbridge named in his honour to get to the 15th green. Sunday surprises are par for the course at the Masters. One of the biggest was Augusta local Larry Mize’s jaw-dropping chip in 1987. After 72-holes, Mize was tied at three shots under par with Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman. On the first hole of the ensuing playoff, Ballesteros is bitten by the bogeyman and bows out after blowing a six-footer. Next up is the par 4 11th. After flubbing his ap-

proach shot, landing his ball 140 feet from the flagstick and near the 12th tee-box, Mize looks like shark meat. Norman’s approach settles 50 feet to the right of the pin. Then seemingly channeling David Copperfield, Mize pulls off quite the trick, as his chip makes three hopeful hops and carries halfway across the green before disappearing into the hole. Norman can’t follow the act failing to hole his long putt to tie and is the Master’s runner-up for the second year in a row. It’s not always a singular shot that’s the takeaway from a Masters. Sometimes it’s an unexpected flourish. Jack Nicklaus’s 1975 Masters run can be summed up in the aftermath of a 40-foot putt he boldly drilled in on the 16th. Nicklaus and his caddie Willie Peterson couldn’t contain their ex-

IN THE YOUTUBE AGE WHEN BREATHTAKING MASTERSTROKES CAN GO VIRAL VERY QUICKLY, SHOTS LIKE SARAZEN’S AND MIZE’S AND IMPROMPTU CASES OF DANCE FEVER BECOME THE STUFF OF LEGENDS IN DAYS RATHER THAN DECADES.

THE PUTT ITSELF WAS ECLIPSED BY MICKELSON’S JUBILANT VICTORY LEAP AFTERWARDS. “DADDY’S WON! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?” HE SAID TO HIS ECSTATIC WIFE AND YOUNG CHILDREN AS THEY RUSHED TO CONGRATULATE HIM.

FUL ‘PHIL’MENT

In 2004, the year previous, longtime fan favorite, Phil Mickelson sized up an 18footer to seal the deal on the tournament. He’d just been shown the way by Chris DiMarco who was three inches shy of Mickelson’s ball marker and missed his attempt. Eager to finally shed the bestplayer-to-never-win-a-major tag that had dogged him to this point, Mickelson analyzed every inch of the putting surface and replayed DiMarco’s shot in his head before taking his putt, a determined right to left pin seeker which found the cup’s lip and dropped in for birdie securing the win. The putt itself was eclipsed by Mick-

elson’s jubilant victory leap afterwards. “Daddy’s won! Can you believe it?” he said to his ecstatic wife and young children as they rushed to congratulate him. While his 2006 win was also sweet, it’s hard to beat the first time. The Masters doesn’t just coronate golf heroes, it also has been known to mint new stars on occasion. Outside of Canada, Mike Weir wasn’t exactly a household name before his win in 2003, and nobody had really heard of Zach Johnson before his 2007 triumph where steady play held Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen and Rory Sabbatini at bay by two strokes. And Johnson proved he was no one-trick pony

going on to win the AT&T Classic and to finish seventh in the inaugural FedEx Cup points race. Not too shabby for a player who was 33rd on the world money list in 2006 and had only one prior PGA tour win to his credit. The first round of the 72nd Masters gets underway Thursday April 10. In addition to Tiger’s quest for a fifth green jacket, another storyline to follow is how well Asian Tour stars like China’s Liang Wen-Chong and Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng will fare in their tournament debuts. The continent’s biggest hopes in Augusta continue to rest with K.J. Choi. The first Korean to earn a PGA tour card continues to be on a roll after a stellar 2007 where he finished sixth on the world money list.

citement and started busting out moves, transforming the green into a disco floor. In the YouTube age when breathtaking masterstrokes can go viral very quickly, shots like Sarazen’s and Mize’s and impromptu cases of dance fever become the stuff of legends in days rather than decades. And when you talk about the modern game—you just knew we couldn’t go much further without bringing up Eldrick Tiger Woods, a man with an uncanny predilection for leaving galleries gaping with awe. Out of his four Masters triumphs, the moment that stands out above all the highlights was a birdie on the 16th hole on the final day of the 2005 Masters. TW’s slow-rolling, perfectly telegraphed, chip shot navigated its way toward the hole as if the ball was being guided across the green by remote control. Then, as if pausing for dramatic effect, it hung onto the lip of the cup for what felt like a full three seconds before finally taking the plunge. “Oh my goodness… Oh Wow … In your life, have you seen anything like that?” marveled CBS commentator Verne Lundquist.

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SANDY LANE, BARBADOS Home of the 2006 World Cup of Golf, the Country Club course features five lakes, lush greens and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. This par 72, 6,425-metre course designed by Tom Fazio will delight you. The ultra-exclusive par 72, 6,700-metre Green Monkey course is absolutely breath-taking. The signature hole, the 206-metre [225-yard] par 3 15th, is destined to become one of the world’s most photographed golf holes.

18 GEORGIAN BAY CLUB When it comes to finishing holes, the 18th hole at The Georgian Bay Club takes the cake. In the vernacular of golfers, it is a “three shot par 5” measuring 608 yards from the tips. There are five generously sized tee boxes that will accommodate players of all levels and abilities. The key with your tee shot is to ensure that it gets as close to the edge of the ravine as possible to ensure that your second shot from the fairway will put you in a position to hit a wedge or short iron on the green. All great finishing holes have one thing in common they test the golfer right to the moment when the putt drops in the hole.

10 MONTERRA GOLF CLUB Hole # 10, a.k.a. Stagefright, is often thought of as the signature hole at the Monterra course at Blue Mountain Resort. Many golfers have fallen victim to it, but once you climb up to the gold tee deck high on the Nipissing Ridge, the stage is yours. This demanding par 3 plays to 134 yards from the gold tee, with deep pot bunkers surrounding the green.

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SANDY LANE, BARBADOS Home of the 2006 World Cup of Golf, the Country Club course features five lakes, lush greens and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. This par 72, 6,425-metre course designed by Tom Fazio will delight you. The ultra-exclusive par 72, 6,700-metre Green Monkey course is absolutely breath-taking. The signature hole, the 206-metre [225-yard] par 3 15th, is destined to become one of the world’s most photographed golf holes.

18 GEORGIAN BAY CLUB When it comes to finishing holes, the 18th hole at The Georgian Bay Club takes the cake. In the vernacular of golfers, it is a “three shot par 5” measuring 608 yards from the tips. There are five generously sized tee boxes that will accommodate players of all levels and abilities. The key with your tee shot is to ensure that it gets as close to the edge of the ravine as possible to ensure that your second shot from the fairway will put you in a position to hit a wedge or short iron on the green. All great finishing holes have one thing in common they test the golfer right to the moment when the putt drops in the hole.

10 MONTERRA GOLF CLUB Hole # 10, a.k.a. Stagefright, is often thought of as the signature hole at the Monterra course at Blue Mountain Resort. Many golfers have fallen victim to it, but once you climb up to the gold tee deck high on the Nipissing Ridge, the stage is yours. This demanding par 3 plays to 134 yards from the gold tee, with deep pot bunkers surrounding the green.

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hallenge yourself with a round at Monterra Golf - one of Ontario’s most popular resort courses. Monterra was designed in 1989 by Tom McBroom and has proven to be a formidable challenge for golfers from North America and abroad. This traditional links course features rolling bent grass fairways, razorback mounding and bunkers, as well as ravines, creeks, lakes, and some spectacular elevated tee shots.

DELTA ROCKY CREST With its spectacular log-cabin style clubhouse and acclaimed golf course, the Thomas McBroom-designed Rocky Crest Golf Club celebrates the natural features of the Canadian Shield in Ontario’s Muskoka region. Framed by giant forests of pine, white birch and hemlock, the rolling fairways are accented by deep bunkers and granite outcroppings that provide definition and challenge. The seamless routing, views, marshes and abundant wildlife enhance a memorable golf course that has received rave reviews since it opened in May 2000. Rocky Crest Golf Club is adjacent to Delta Rocky Crest Resort at the north end of Lake Joseph. Hole #18 is a challenging par 5 finishing hole.

Incredible Golf Ge ta w ay s After a challenging day on the course you’ll look forward to some après tee in the Village, followed by a cozy retreat in luxury resort accommodations. In addition to the Blue Mountain Inn and a variety of resort condominiums, you can enjoy the mountain homes of Historic Snowbridge and Rivergrass - or stay right in the Village suites including the new boutique-style Mosaic.

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BIGWIN ISLAND

from: $169* p.p.d

Includes: one night accommodation, one round of golf Monterra with cart.

Bigwin Island Golf Club's 6th hole offers golfers, not only a tremendous view of the Lake of Bays Muskoka, but tremendous shot value. Bigwin Island's tremendous terrain changes, gorgeous lake vistas make the golf experience second to none. Come and enjoy a boat to Bigwin Island Golf Club and a Club experience that heralds the day of the Vanderbilt's and Rocke.

* Package price above is based on a midweek stay and is per person based on two sharing a Village studio suite. Package price may change based on demand and size of unit reserved. Minimum stay requirements may apply. Prices are per person and do not include taxes or gratuities. All rates quoted in Canadian funds. Package price is based on availability and subject to change without notice.

VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR ALL OF OUR SUMMER HOT DEALS & YOUR LOWEST GUARANTEED RATE ON LODGING!

TABOO GOLF RESORT The 10th hole at Taboo Golf Resort in Gravenhurst Ont. has a high profile admirer: Mike Weir. “It has a nice elevation off the tee. It drops down with left bunkers, and the right side has trees with a difficult approach. The birch behind center green is a great target you can run it up on the front part of the green,” he says. It’s a “very good hole. Great transition into the back nine. I have a great feel about this place.”

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hallenge yourself with a round at Monterra Golf - one of Ontario’s most popular resort courses. Monterra was designed in 1989 by Tom McBroom and has proven to be a formidable challenge for golfers from North America and abroad. This traditional links course features rolling bent grass fairways, razorback mounding and bunkers, as well as ravines, creeks, lakes, and some spectacular elevated tee shots.

DELTA ROCKY CREST With its spectacular log-cabin style clubhouse and acclaimed golf course, the Thomas McBroom-designed Rocky Crest Golf Club celebrates the natural features of the Canadian Shield in Ontario’s Muskoka region. Framed by giant forests of pine, white birch and hemlock, the rolling fairways are accented by deep bunkers and granite outcroppings that provide definition and challenge. The seamless routing, views, marshes and abundant wildlife enhance a memorable golf course that has received rave reviews since it opened in May 2000. Rocky Crest Golf Club is adjacent to Delta Rocky Crest Resort at the north end of Lake Joseph. Hole #18 is a challenging par 5 finishing hole.

Incredible Golf Ge ta w ay s After a challenging day on the course you’ll look forward to some après tee in the Village, followed by a cozy retreat in luxury resort accommodations. In addition to the Blue Mountain Inn and a variety of resort condominiums, you can enjoy the mountain homes of Historic Snowbridge and Rivergrass - or stay right in the Village suites including the new boutique-style Mosaic.

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GOLF GETAWAYS

BIGWIN ISLAND

from: $169* p.p.d

Includes: one night accommodation, one round of golf Monterra with cart.

Bigwin Island Golf Club's 6th hole offers golfers, not only a tremendous view of the Lake of Bays Muskoka, but tremendous shot value. Bigwin Island's tremendous terrain changes, gorgeous lake vistas make the golf experience second to none. Come and enjoy a boat to Bigwin Island Golf Club and a Club experience that heralds the day of the Vanderbilt's and Rocke.

* Package price above is based on a midweek stay and is per person based on two sharing a Village studio suite. Package price may change based on demand and size of unit reserved. Minimum stay requirements may apply. Prices are per person and do not include taxes or gratuities. All rates quoted in Canadian funds. Package price is based on availability and subject to change without notice.

VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR ALL OF OUR SUMMER HOT DEALS & YOUR LOWEST GUARANTEED RATE ON LODGING!

TABOO GOLF RESORT The 10th hole at Taboo Golf Resort in Gravenhurst Ont. has a high profile admirer: Mike Weir. “It has a nice elevation off the tee. It drops down with left bunkers, and the right side has trees with a difficult approach. The birch behind center green is a great target you can run it up on the front part of the green,” he says. It’s a “very good hole. Great transition into the back nine. I have a great feel about this place.”

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he 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Roadster has undergone an extensive facelift incorporating 650 newly developed components, including a new instrument cluster, a three-spoke steering wheel, enhanced audio system and a fuel-efficient engine. The new-generation SLK continues the trendsetting tradition with a vario-roof that transforms the car from a roadster into a weatherproof coupé in 22 seconds. Look for the new Roadster this spring. DESIGN: The new-eye catching features include the front bumper with a modified airdam arrangement and a more pronounced V-shape. The designers have also remodeled the vehicle’s tail, with more diffused styling at the bottom. The trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes, the AMG-inspired darkened tail lights and the larger exterior arrow-shaped mirrors, which feature LED indicators, all add to the sleek new look. INTERIOR: There’s new three-spoke sports steering wheel with multifunction buttons. Gullwing red leather will now be available, an obvious throwback to the interior of the legendary 300 SL Gullwing model. AUDIO: Mercedes has installed an audio system that boasts improved user friendliness and more functions. Standard features include a hands-free facility using Bluetooth technology, plus—as an option—a new media interface in the glove compartment, which enables mobile audio devices such as the iPod to be fully integrated into the audio system and operated from its control panel. Passengers also have an option to enjoy a unique listening experience whether the vario-roof is open or closed, thanks to the Harman Kardon Logic 7 sound system. ENGINE: Both the four-cylinder engine in the SLK 200 KOMPRESSOR and the six-cylinder sports engine in the SLK 350 benefit from a substantial increase in output and torque. Only the SLK 55 AMG retains its familiar eight-cylinder engine. By performing a major overhaul of the engine’s mechanics, the engineers succeeded in increasing engine’s power while lowering the fuel consumption. STEERING SYSTEM: A newly developed direct-steer system combines agility and maneuverability. At the heart of the system is a new rack with ingeniously devised gearing that ensures that the steering gear ratio changes in tune with the steering angle. This means that relatively small turns of the steering wheel are sufficient for changing course when driving in city traffic, and fast sequences of bends on rural roads can be negotiated almost intuitively with relatively small steering movements.

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Mercedes-Benz

SLK-Class Roadster T

he 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Roadster has undergone an extensive facelift incorporating 650 newly developed components, including a new instrument cluster, a three-spoke steering wheel, enhanced audio system and a fuel-efficient engine. The new-generation SLK continues the trendsetting tradition with a vario-roof that transforms the car from a roadster into a weatherproof coupé in 22 seconds. Look for the new Roadster this spring. DESIGN: The new-eye catching features include the front bumper with a modified airdam arrangement and a more pronounced V-shape. The designers have also remodeled the vehicle’s tail, with more diffused styling at the bottom. The trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes, the AMG-inspired darkened tail lights and the larger exterior arrow-shaped mirrors, which feature LED indicators, all add to the sleek new look. INTERIOR: There’s new three-spoke sports steering wheel with multifunction buttons. Gullwing red leather will now be available, an obvious throwback to the interior of the legendary 300 SL Gullwing model. AUDIO: Mercedes has installed an audio system that boasts improved user friendliness and more functions. Standard features include a hands-free facility using Bluetooth technology, plus—as an option—a new media interface in the glove compartment, which enables mobile audio devices such as the iPod to be fully integrated into the audio system and operated from its control panel. Passengers also have an option to enjoy a unique listening experience whether the vario-roof is open or closed, thanks to the Harman Kardon Logic 7 sound system. ENGINE: Both the four-cylinder engine in the SLK 200 KOMPRESSOR and the six-cylinder sports engine in the SLK 350 benefit from a substantial increase in output and torque. Only the SLK 55 AMG retains its familiar eight-cylinder engine. By performing a major overhaul of the engine’s mechanics, the engineers succeeded in increasing engine’s power while lowering the fuel consumption. STEERING SYSTEM: A newly developed direct-steer system combines agility and maneuverability. At the heart of the system is a new rack with ingeniously devised gearing that ensures that the steering gear ratio changes in tune with the steering angle. This means that relatively small turns of the steering wheel are sufficient for changing course when driving in city traffic, and fast sequences of bends on rural roads can be negotiated almost intuitively with relatively small steering movements.

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Who will be GOLF’S NEXT GREAT MAJOR

CHAMPION? Central Florida

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n golf, players mature much later than in other sports. The Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, didn’t show any signs of creakiness in his 30s when he racked up 38 of his 73 tour victories. Then there is Arnold Palmer who aged as gracefully as Captain America with 44 of his 62 career wins and six of his seven majors coming in his Carlsberg years. Since Tiger Woods made the turn (the master of the swoosh is now 32), he’s only gotten more dominant and is set to surpass Nicklaus’s record of 18 majors and achieve a dozen other milestones within the next few years. So unlike other sports where pundits pick “who’s next” by scouting teenagers with preternatural abilities like the Sidney Crosbys and LeBron James of the world, in golf, the art of picking the next major champ requires the patience of the Sphinx. Below are five hot talents who are poised to swing into their peak powers right around that time they hit their 30s.

ANTHONY KIM, 22, Born: L.A, California The three-time all-American from the University of Oklahoma banked $1,545,195 and finished 42nd in the FedexCup standings in 2007. He also hooked himself up with an enviable mentor. Last year at the Buick Invitational, Tiger Woods came up to Kim, introduced himself and hit balls beside him. Later in the year he razzed Kim about his Texas-sized silver belt buckle emblazoned with the letters A.K. “Well, Nike hasn’t put my initials on anything yet,” Kim said with a smirk, holding his own with the world’s No. 1 golfer, at least in the wit department. Kim also got a ringing endorsement from veteran golfer Mark O’Meara. “I reckon Anthony’s swing is better at 22 than what Tiger’s was. I think I’m a pretty good judge of what I see in somebody’s bag and what they’ve got in talent, and that kid has got it,” said O’Meara in January. “He could win multiple tournaments a year easily and win major championships.”

Photo: Mike Ehrmann/PGA

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Who will be GOLF’S NEXT GREAT MAJOR

CHAMPION? Central Florida

BY MIKE DOJC

I

n golf, players mature much later than in other sports. The Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, didn’t show any signs of creakiness in his 30s when he racked up 38 of his 73 tour victories. Then there is Arnold Palmer who aged as gracefully as Captain America with 44 of his 62 career wins and six of his seven majors coming in his Carlsberg years. Since Tiger Woods made the turn (the master of the swoosh is now 32), he’s only gotten more dominant and is set to surpass Nicklaus’s record of 18 majors and achieve a dozen other milestones within the next few years. So unlike other sports where pundits pick “who’s next” by scouting teenagers with preternatural abilities like the Sidney Crosbys and LeBron James of the world, in golf, the art of picking the next major champ requires the patience of the Sphinx. Below are five hot talents who are poised to swing into their peak powers right around that time they hit their 30s.

ANTHONY KIM, 22, Born: L.A, California The three-time all-American from the University of Oklahoma banked $1,545,195 and finished 42nd in the FedexCup standings in 2007. He also hooked himself up with an enviable mentor. Last year at the Buick Invitational, Tiger Woods came up to Kim, introduced himself and hit balls beside him. Later in the year he razzed Kim about his Texas-sized silver belt buckle emblazoned with the letters A.K. “Well, Nike hasn’t put my initials on anything yet,” Kim said with a smirk, holding his own with the world’s No. 1 golfer, at least in the wit department. Kim also got a ringing endorsement from veteran golfer Mark O’Meara. “I reckon Anthony’s swing is better at 22 than what Tiger’s was. I think I’m a pretty good judge of what I see in somebody’s bag and what they’ve got in talent, and that kid has got it,” said O’Meara in January. “He could win multiple tournaments a year easily and win major championships.”

Photo: Mike Ehrmann/PGA

Only 21 Miles from Disney

There Has Never Been a Better Time to Buy.

visit us at

The Golf & Travel Show feb 29-mar 2

Homesites starting from $122,000* (Canadian) Don’t miss your opportunity for the best price on elevated lakefront and lake view homesite selections. This beautiful, planned, gated community is situated among 1400 acres of pristine lakes and is just 25 minutes from Disney World near Orlando, Florida. Custom home/lot packages available, or choose your homesite now and have your custom home built any time within the next five years. Call for pricing on home/lot packages.

PLANNED AMENITIES Clubhouse • Spa & Fitness Center • Swimming Pools Boat & RV Storage • Community Park • Walking Trails Tennis Courts • Boat Launch†

Call toll free today!

1-877-219-1110 Please visit www.WaterRidge.com for more details.

Obtain the Property Report required by Federal law and read it before signing anything. No Federal agency has judged the merits or value, if any, of this property. This is not intended to be an offer to sell, nor solicitation of an offer to buy real estate in Florida to residents of any jurisdiction where prohibited by law. *Limited supply, subject to availability. Pricing is listed in Canadian dollars, based upon currency exchange rate as of February 1, 2008. †Proposed, subject to permitting and regulatory approval. Pictures used are not photographs of the community, but are used to illustrate lifestyle only. Equal Housing Opportunity. Florida Waterway Sales, Inc./Broker

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JASON DAY, 20, Born: Queensland, Australia Day sparkled in his first five PGA starts in 2006. He displayed monster distance off the tee (averaging 310 yards), eagle-eye precision (72.4 percent driving accuracy), and was a green hitting machine (72.2 percent greens in regulation). Day didn’t even sweat the small stuff sinking 190 of 212 putts from 10 feet or less. A year of seasoning on the Nationwide Tour in 2007 fueled the hysteria building around Day. The Australian ranked first in all-around skill stats and became the youngest player to win a PGA Tour sanctioned event, lording over the leaderboard at the developmental tour’s Legend Financial Group Classic last July. No. 1 on Day’s to-do list: Dethrone Tiger Woods. His past assurances to reporters that this goal is feasible have earned him more then a few paddy whacks in the media. Brash declarations such as, “I’m sure I can take him down,” and “I might just knock on his door and have a coffee with him, and let him know I’m chasing him,” fueled the fire. Lately, Day has dialed down the rhetoric, but with a 12-year age gap between the two, odds are Day’s day will come, maybe not just yet, but give the kid some time.

Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

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When ordinary won’t do, you need the Ultimate...

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JASON DAY, 20, Born: Queensland, Australia Day sparkled in his first five PGA starts in 2006. He displayed monster distance off the tee (averaging 310 yards), eagle-eye precision (72.4 percent driving accuracy), and was a green hitting machine (72.2 percent greens in regulation). Day didn’t even sweat the small stuff sinking 190 of 212 putts from 10 feet or less. A year of seasoning on the Nationwide Tour in 2007 fueled the hysteria building around Day. The Australian ranked first in all-around skill stats and became the youngest player to win a PGA Tour sanctioned event, lording over the leaderboard at the developmental tour’s Legend Financial Group Classic last July. No. 1 on Day’s to-do list: Dethrone Tiger Woods. His past assurances to reporters that this goal is feasible have earned him more then a few paddy whacks in the media. Brash declarations such as, “I’m sure I can take him down,” and “I might just knock on his door and have a coffee with him, and let him know I’m chasing him,” fueled the fire. Lately, Day has dialed down the rhetoric, but with a 12-year age gap between the two, odds are Day’s day will come, maybe not just yet, but give the kid some time.

Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

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Call Ron Dawick, President, Ultimate Travel Group at 905-337-6824 or e-mail rdawick@ugv.net 1660 North Service Road East, Suite 101, Oakville, Ontario L6H 7G3 TICO REGISTRATION NUMBERS #’S 4209821 & 5000061


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D.J. TRAHAN, 27, Born: Atlanta, Georgia The Trahan train has just started chugging. Only five tournaments into the 2008 season, and D.J. has almost matched his 2007 earnings, at just $60,000 short of a cool million. The bulk of that quick change came after shooting a seven-under-par final round of 65 to win the Bob Hope Classic by three shots over Justin Leonard. Trahan proved his mettle on the Sunday overcoming a four-shot deficit before taking the lead and holding it. Trahan is one of the leading lights in the growing Clemson University PGA cohort that includes fellow low number shooters Jonathan Byrd and Lucas Glover. They ought to consider forming a young Clemsonite golf millionaires club as Byrd and Glover also play seven-figure golf.

Photo: Hunter Martin/PGA

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D.J. TRAHAN, 27, Born: Atlanta, Georgia The Trahan train has just started chugging. Only five tournaments into the 2008 season, and D.J. has almost matched his 2007 earnings, at just $60,000 short of a cool million. The bulk of that quick change came after shooting a seven-under-par final round of 65 to win the Bob Hope Classic by three shots over Justin Leonard. Trahan proved his mettle on the Sunday overcoming a four-shot deficit before taking the lead and holding it. Trahan is one of the leading lights in the growing Clemson University PGA cohort that includes fellow low number shooters Jonathan Byrd and Lucas Glover. They ought to consider forming a young Clemsonite golf millionaires club as Byrd and Glover also play seven-figure golf.

Photo: Hunter Martin/PGA

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...WHY NOT YOUR PRIVATE GOLF CLUB ?

When considering an investment that will bring you many years of pleasure, it makes good sense to try it out before you decide. Now for a limited time, the award-winning Georgian Bay Club is offering an ‘Introductory Membership’ that allows you to test drive the Club for

one season by paying only annual dues. What a great way to discover why Golf Digest named us “Top New Private Golf Course in Canada, 2005.” For complete details please call Mark Parrish today at 519-599-9949 ext. 229, or email at mparrish@georgianbayclub.com.

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HUNTER MAHAN, 25, Born: Orange, California His fourth year on the tour proved to be the charm as he scored his first victory at the Travelers Championship with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff against Jay Williamson. The bonus in the banner year was being one of two rookies selected to the President’s Cup team by U.S. Captain Jack Nicklaus. Mahan helped get things started for the winning American team at Royal Montreal. Partnered with Steve Stricker in the tournament’s first match, the American duo defeated Aussies Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy. Mahan continues to make noise in 2008. Four tournaments in the 2008 season, he is second on the Tour in greens in regulation and ninth in driving percentage.

Photo: S. Badz/WireImage

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HUNTER MAHAN, 25, Born: Orange, California His fourth year on the tour proved to be the charm as he scored his first victory at the Travelers Championship with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff against Jay Williamson. The bonus in the banner year was being one of two rookies selected to the President’s Cup team by U.S. Captain Jack Nicklaus. Mahan helped get things started for the winning American team at Royal Montreal. Partnered with Steve Stricker in the tournament’s first match, the American duo defeated Aussies Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy. Mahan continues to make noise in 2008. Four tournaments in the 2008 season, he is second on the Tour in greens in regulation and ninth in driving percentage.

Photo: S. Badz/WireImage

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AARON BADDELEY, 26, Born: Lebanon, New Hampshire Born in New Hampshire but raised in Australia since he was two, this Aussie-American heartthrob garners the same attention from the ladies as David Beckham does. More than just a pretty face, Badds, as he is affectionately known to his growing legion of fans, really broke out in 2007, more than doubling his previous year’s earnings. He finished up the year with nearly $3.5 million. A pillar of consistency, Badds regularly appears in the higher tier of the leaderboard. He battled to seven top 10 and 13 top 25 finishes last year. But so far, he’s only had a pair of tour victories, winning the Verizon Heritage in 2006 and the FBR Open in 2007. To join the ranks of the best in the game and break into the top 10 in the points standings (last year he finished 18th), he’s going to have to find a way to win more than just once a season.

Photo: Hunter Martin/Getty Images

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AARON BADDELEY, 26, Born: Lebanon, New Hampshire Born in New Hampshire but raised in Australia since he was two, this Aussie-American heartthrob garners the same attention from the ladies as David Beckham does. More than just a pretty face, Badds, as he is affectionately known to his growing legion of fans, really broke out in 2007, more than doubling his previous year’s earnings. He finished up the year with nearly $3.5 million. A pillar of consistency, Badds regularly appears in the higher tier of the leaderboard. He battled to seven top 10 and 13 top 25 finishes last year. But so far, he’s only had a pair of tour victories, winning the Verizon Heritage in 2006 and the FBR Open in 2007. To join the ranks of the best in the game and break into the top 10 in the points standings (last year he finished 18th), he’s going to have to find a way to win more than just once a season.

Photo: Hunter Martin/Getty Images

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T E C H

T O Y S

G

etting back into the swing of the game after a long hiatus requires more than just a couple trips to the driving range. Even if you spent countless hours in the off-season gleaning tips from your favourite golf magazine on how to fix a slice, blast out of a bunker, or hit purer iron shots, merging your muscle memory with your mental agility can be as maddening as Sarbanes-Oxley. A quickie tune-up from a club pro may help bring back that old swing of yours, but don’t settle for recapturing your old handicap. This spring, vow to shave a few points off your score. Upgrade your golf game the same way James Bond upgrades his spy game—with a cool arsenal of doodads that’ll make you confident enough to pull on a Chianti red polo shirt at the next company tournament.

AFTERNOON DELIGHT Ripping one down the fairway can be a spiritual experience with Ping’s par five savior (The Rapture, $429). Company engineers paid the same attention to the driver’s structural integrity as they would an 80-story skyscraper. A Cray Supercomputer was used to optimize the club head to assure the deepest possible impact. The resulting titanium webshaped crown looks like it was cribbed from Spiderman’s costume. Lightweight composite material was injected into the club’s crown in place of discretionary titanium. Twenty grams of mass was repositioned, pushing the center of gravity lower and further back in the club head to improve launch trajectory. If you’re holding off for fear of getting ragged on by your buddies with endless Spidey jokes, consider that two of the game’s biggest boppers—Bubba Watson and Angel Cabrera—have carried this mutant ball launcher in their bags. (pinggolf.com)

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GUIDE B Y

M I K E

D O J C

Photos: Ping’s The Rapture (below) and e21’s Scandium Shock Drivers (left). Opposite page: Eagle One golf clubs from e21 and gold golf ball. Photo: Ruslan Sarkisian

Q: Who hit the longest, most Herculean drive in golf in the last couple of decades? A: If you guessed John Daly whose longest reported drive was a 440-yard whopper at Royal St. George’s during a British Open practice round with Jack Nicklaus in 1993, you’d be off by more than a mile. After shanking a couple balls off the tee, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin blasted a ball into Earth’s orbit in November of 2006. You want to hit ‘em like Mikhail? For space age liftoff, try e21’s equipment out for size. The Canadian golf equipment maker who dreamed up the billion-yard publicity stunt, manufactures clubs ($200-700) made of scandium, the same metal used in MiG jet fighters. While gravity should keep your shots carrying more earthly distances, the aeronautic friendly alloy with unique vibration dampening properties and a higher strength to weight ratio than steel, graphite or titanium may add some pop to your swing. The company offers a promotion allowing golfers to test drive a 6iron for $49.95. (e21golf.com) MARCH 2008 | THE BAY STREET BULL | 39


T E C H

T O Y S

G

etting back into the swing of the game after a long hiatus requires more than just a couple trips to the driving range. Even if you spent countless hours in the off-season gleaning tips from your favourite golf magazine on how to fix a slice, blast out of a bunker, or hit purer iron shots, merging your muscle memory with your mental agility can be as maddening as Sarbanes-Oxley. A quickie tune-up from a club pro may help bring back that old swing of yours, but don’t settle for recapturing your old handicap. This spring, vow to shave a few points off your score. Upgrade your golf game the same way James Bond upgrades his spy game—with a cool arsenal of doodads that’ll make you confident enough to pull on a Chianti red polo shirt at the next company tournament.

AFTERNOON DELIGHT Ripping one down the fairway can be a spiritual experience with Ping’s par five savior (The Rapture, $429). Company engineers paid the same attention to the driver’s structural integrity as they would an 80-story skyscraper. A Cray Supercomputer was used to optimize the club head to assure the deepest possible impact. The resulting titanium webshaped crown looks like it was cribbed from Spiderman’s costume. Lightweight composite material was injected into the club’s crown in place of discretionary titanium. Twenty grams of mass was repositioned, pushing the center of gravity lower and further back in the club head to improve launch trajectory. If you’re holding off for fear of getting ragged on by your buddies with endless Spidey jokes, consider that two of the game’s biggest boppers—Bubba Watson and Angel Cabrera—have carried this mutant ball launcher in their bags. (pinggolf.com)

GOLF GADGET

GUIDE B Y

M I K E

D O J C

Photos: Ping’s The Rapture (below) and e21’s Scandium Shock Drivers (left). Opposite page: Eagle One golf clubs from e21 and gold golf ball. Photo: Ruslan Sarkisian

Q: Who hit the longest, most Herculean drive in golf in the last couple of decades? A: If you guessed John Daly whose longest reported drive was a 440-yard whopper at Royal St. George’s during a British Open practice round with Jack Nicklaus in 1993, you’d be off by more than a mile. After shanking a couple balls off the tee, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin blasted a ball into Earth’s orbit in November of 2006. You want to hit ‘em like Mikhail? For space age liftoff, try e21’s equipment out for size. The Canadian golf equipment maker who dreamed up the billion-yard publicity stunt, manufactures clubs ($200-700) made of scandium, the same metal used in MiG jet fighters. While gravity should keep your shots carrying more earthly distances, the aeronautic friendly alloy with unique vibration dampening properties and a higher strength to weight ratio than steel, graphite or titanium may add some pop to your swing. The company offers a promotion allowing golfers to test drive a 6iron for $49.95. (e21golf.com) MARCH 2008 | THE BAY STREET BULL | 39


WRIST CANDY Many golfers attack pins while sporting a chic TAG Heuer professional golf watch ($1,139) with a styling dimpled face and comfortable silicone strap. While the Swiss timepiece is money at its primary job, it doesn’t give you any insight into your game other than a way to gauge how long it’ll be before your round is done and you can head to the 19th hole. For a watch to aid your game, the Suunto G6 Golf Swing Monitor Watch SW800 ($330 dollars) is the one to consider. Its onboard wrist-top computer measures tempo, rhythm, backswing length, and speed each time you take a stroke. Also if you forgot to take a scorecard, no worries, this watch has got it covered. You can even use it to compile statistical data like greens in regulations or fairways hit. Crave even more complex data? Then opt for the G6 PRO ($440) that includes Suunto Golf Manager PC-software. (suunto.com)

Photos: Left page — G6 Golf Swing Monitor Watch SW800 and TAG Heuer professional golf watch (top); The Segway x2 Golf and E21Golf stand bag features an 21.5 cm opening with 6-way driver as well as eight strategically placed pockets to accommodate all carrying needs including valuables pocket, clothing pocket, ball pocket, water bottle holder, dry pocket (below). Right page: Bushnell’s Pinseeker laser rangefinder and Garmin Golflogix GPS (top), Zelocity’s PureFlight performance monitor with integrated Doppler radar (bottom) and E21Golf gold club (right).

GO GO YARDAGE GADGET GYROSCOPIC CRUISING The Segway x2 Golf ($6,175) is noiseless and more nimble than a golf cart thanks to LeanSteer technology and provides a real smooth ride over undulating greens. Thanks to buoyant low pressure tires, you don’t have to worry about abiding by 90-degree rules or staying on the cart path. But the biggest plus of the self-balancing battery powered chariot that can scoot along at 19.2 km per hour is quicker play. Also you don’t have to worry about dropping off your friends at their balls and then going to hunt for yours on the other side of the fairway. Like a cell phone, this solo-ride runs on lithium ion batteries and a full charge packs enough juice for 36 holes. (www.segway.com)

Impress your foursome by wondering aloud how far you are from the hole and then pull out a Garmin Golflogix GPS ($350), a satellite-based yardage whiz, and announce “well, I’m 181 yards from the back of the green and 162 from the front, so I’m going to go with my 5 iron.” The sticker price includes one free course map download, but it would be wise to invest in the $29.95 yearly fee for unlimited access to the rapidly expanding library. (golflogix.com). Another way to upgrade your course management skill set is with Bushnell’s Pinseeker line of laser rangefinders ($300-$450). The lightweight scopes take the guesswork out of figuring out slope reads and tell you how far you are from virtually any target on the course from bunkers, trees, and flagsticks to the beer cart girl. (bushnellgolf.com).

The last group on the tee are Zelocity’s line of performance monitors ($300-$900). Just set one up next to you and take a swing. Thanks to integrated Doppler radar transceivers, they’ll measure everything from club-head speed, carry distance and ball velocity to launch angle and power transfer ratio. This scientific golf calculator is great for fitting clubs and training your swing, but it’s even better for friendly wagers with your buddies. (zelocity.com)

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WRIST CANDY Many golfers attack pins while sporting a chic TAG Heuer professional golf watch ($1,139) with a styling dimpled face and comfortable silicone strap. While the Swiss timepiece is money at its primary job, it doesn’t give you any insight into your game other than a way to gauge how long it’ll be before your round is done and you can head to the 19th hole. For a watch to aid your game, the Suunto G6 Golf Swing Monitor Watch SW800 ($330 dollars) is the one to consider. Its onboard wrist-top computer measures tempo, rhythm, backswing length, and speed each time you take a stroke. Also if you forgot to take a scorecard, no worries, this watch has got it covered. You can even use it to compile statistical data like greens in regulations or fairways hit. Crave even more complex data? Then opt for the G6 PRO ($440) that includes Suunto Golf Manager PC-software. (suunto.com)

Photos: Left page — G6 Golf Swing Monitor Watch SW800 and TAG Heuer professional golf watch (top); The Segway x2 Golf and E21Golf stand bag features an 21.5 cm opening with 6-way driver as well as eight strategically placed pockets to accommodate all carrying needs including valuables pocket, clothing pocket, ball pocket, water bottle holder, dry pocket (below). Right page: Bushnell’s Pinseeker laser rangefinder and Garmin Golflogix GPS (top), Zelocity’s PureFlight performance monitor with integrated Doppler radar (bottom) and E21Golf gold club (right).

GO GO YARDAGE GADGET GYROSCOPIC CRUISING The Segway x2 Golf ($6,175) is noiseless and more nimble than a golf cart thanks to LeanSteer technology and provides a real smooth ride over undulating greens. Thanks to buoyant low pressure tires, you don’t have to worry about abiding by 90-degree rules or staying on the cart path. But the biggest plus of the self-balancing battery powered chariot that can scoot along at 19.2 km per hour is quicker play. Also you don’t have to worry about dropping off your friends at their balls and then going to hunt for yours on the other side of the fairway. Like a cell phone, this solo-ride runs on lithium ion batteries and a full charge packs enough juice for 36 holes. (www.segway.com)

Impress your foursome by wondering aloud how far you are from the hole and then pull out a Garmin Golflogix GPS ($350), a satellite-based yardage whiz, and announce “well, I’m 181 yards from the back of the green and 162 from the front, so I’m going to go with my 5 iron.” The sticker price includes one free course map download, but it would be wise to invest in the $29.95 yearly fee for unlimited access to the rapidly expanding library. (golflogix.com). Another way to upgrade your course management skill set is with Bushnell’s Pinseeker line of laser rangefinders ($300-$450). The lightweight scopes take the guesswork out of figuring out slope reads and tell you how far you are from virtually any target on the course from bunkers, trees, and flagsticks to the beer cart girl. (bushnellgolf.com).

The last group on the tee are Zelocity’s line of performance monitors ($300-$900). Just set one up next to you and take a swing. Thanks to integrated Doppler radar transceivers, they’ll measure everything from club-head speed, carry distance and ball velocity to launch angle and power transfer ratio. This scientific golf calculator is great for fitting clubs and training your swing, but it’s even better for friendly wagers with your buddies. (zelocity.com)

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WHITE NOISE RAT PACK MEETS PICASSO Official artist for 2007 The Grammy Awards, Todd White captures the social scene with paintings that draw your attention to the humour and joy of being out on the town. Each character is timeless, and somehow, familiar. Within your experience of White’s paintings is a reaction— “I’ve been there. I know this.” And within that intimacy, all is revealed—what one shows and what one hides. Todd White’s style uncovers the subject’s inner-most emotions. Liss Gallery, 140 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, 416-787-9872 or visit lissgallery.com.

ARCTIC ART Why not give a gift that will increase in value? The Kipling Gallery offers a large collection of original handcrafted sculptures that reflect the history and culture of Arctic Canada. Working exclusively with Inuit and Dene artists through Canadian Arctic Producers—the Aboriginal-owned and controlled co-operative—Kipling Gallery is able to promote and highlight artwork of these distinct First Nation cultures. Each unique piece is certified by the Government of Canada. For consultations and presentations: Contact Kipling Gallery, 7938 Kipling Ave., Vaughan, ON, 905-265-2160 or visit kiplinggallery.com.

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LYTTON SPRINGS 2005 RIDGE $39.85 (750 ml) Sweet dark berry, kirsch scents, musky herbs, dried flowers, and minerals, with an undercurrent of oak spice contributing sweetness. Powerful cassis and bitter cherry flavors are firmed by youthful tannins. This elegant, full-bodied wine is among the finest of recent vintages.

DOMINUS 2004 CHRISTIAN MOUEIX $90.95 (750 ml) Dark plum purple-colored, with an intense nose of vanilla, black currants and cedar. Medium to full-bodied. The integration of the silky tannins and fruit is noticed immediately. Flavors of warm mulled spices on the midpalate complement the balanced and complex structure. The long, aromatic finish exhibits notes of leather and cardamom.

BY MARC PHILLIPS

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alifornia is famous for having as much sun as the Sunshine State. But it isn’t the hours of daylight that have propelled California into America’s wine producing capital. It’s the variance in its temperatures, soil types and rainfall. The region’s climate is shaped largely by two mountain ranges—the Coast Range and the Sierra Nevada—both running roughly northsouth. The Coast Range is a series of relatively low, rugged, forest-covered ranges, often butting right to the edge of the Pacific. Warm winters, moderately warm summers, small daily and seasonal temperature ranges, and high humidity are characteristic of this area. The Sierra Nevada or the High Sierras stretch 650 km, from Fredonyer Pass in the north to Tehachapi Pass in the south. The

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maritime influence naturally decreases as one moves further inland. Areas that are well protected from the ocean experience have a more continental type of climate with warmer summers, colder winters, greater daily and seasonal temperature ranges, and generally lower relative humidity. Nestled between these two ranges is the Central Valley, a large flat incredibly fertile pocket of land that supplies one-quarter of the food America eats and 75 percent of the wine it produces. Sunny, warm and dry days are followed by cool sea breezes and fog that rolls into the valley each evening acting as a natural air conditioning system. The result is a long growing season that allows the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly producing a distinctive “fruit

forward” quality that has become the trademark of California wines. The go-to varietals are cabernet sauvignon, and chardonnay, with zinfandel and merlot as runners up. Clearly syrah, pinot noir. and sauvignon blanc are also gaining in popularity. California has in five main wine regions: North Coast, Central Coast, South Coast, Sierra Nevada, and the Central Valley. But it’s in the North Coast region, particularly Sonoma County and Napa Valley, that we are seeing some spectacular winter releases. Here are four that are bound to fly off the shelves:

RIDGE $39.75 (750 ml) If you are a zinfandel fan, this wine is for you. It’s rich, bold and quite balanced. Dark red with seductively perfumed aromas of raspberry, cherry, lavender and minerals lifted by Asian spices. It seems almost too light for a zinfandel with a silky texture and deep, sweet berry flavours. Chalky tannins and nicely integrated oak.

Photos: Ruslan Sarkisian and Kim Kulish (opposite page)

California

GEYSERVILLE 2005

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2004 CHATEAU MONTELENA $49.95 (750 ml) This cabernet sauvignon has a nice dark, garnet color. The nose is primarily rich aromas of black cherry, currant, and methanol. On entry, it delivers a broad mouthful of fruit with cherry and cassis, plus relatively pronounced Cabernet tannins, typical of a fast-ripening crop. A good “old school” example of a Napa Valley cabernet that it is to be enjoyed during its first decade of life.

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W I N E

R E V I E W

LYTTON SPRINGS 2005 RIDGE $39.85 (750 ml) Sweet dark berry, kirsch scents, musky herbs, dried flowers, and minerals, with an undercurrent of oak spice contributing sweetness. Powerful cassis and bitter cherry flavors are firmed by youthful tannins. This elegant, full-bodied wine is among the finest of recent vintages.

DOMINUS 2004 CHRISTIAN MOUEIX $90.95 (750 ml) Dark plum purple-colored, with an intense nose of vanilla, black currants and cedar. Medium to full-bodied. The integration of the silky tannins and fruit is noticed immediately. Flavors of warm mulled spices on the midpalate complement the balanced and complex structure. The long, aromatic finish exhibits notes of leather and cardamom.

BY MARC PHILLIPS

C

alifornia is famous for having as much sun as the Sunshine State. But it isn’t the hours of daylight that have propelled California into America’s wine producing capital. It’s the variance in its temperatures, soil types and rainfall. The region’s climate is shaped largely by two mountain ranges—the Coast Range and the Sierra Nevada—both running roughly northsouth. The Coast Range is a series of relatively low, rugged, forest-covered ranges, often butting right to the edge of the Pacific. Warm winters, moderately warm summers, small daily and seasonal temperature ranges, and high humidity are characteristic of this area. The Sierra Nevada or the High Sierras stretch 650 km, from Fredonyer Pass in the north to Tehachapi Pass in the south. The

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Reds

maritime influence naturally decreases as one moves further inland. Areas that are well protected from the ocean experience have a more continental type of climate with warmer summers, colder winters, greater daily and seasonal temperature ranges, and generally lower relative humidity. Nestled between these two ranges is the Central Valley, a large flat incredibly fertile pocket of land that supplies one-quarter of the food America eats and 75 percent of the wine it produces. Sunny, warm and dry days are followed by cool sea breezes and fog that rolls into the valley each evening acting as a natural air conditioning system. The result is a long growing season that allows the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly producing a distinctive “fruit

forward” quality that has become the trademark of California wines. The go-to varietals are cabernet sauvignon, and chardonnay, with zinfandel and merlot as runners up. Clearly syrah, pinot noir. and sauvignon blanc are also gaining in popularity. California has in five main wine regions: North Coast, Central Coast, South Coast, Sierra Nevada, and the Central Valley. But it’s in the North Coast region, particularly Sonoma County and Napa Valley, that we are seeing some spectacular winter releases. Here are four that are bound to fly off the shelves:

RIDGE $39.75 (750 ml) If you are a zinfandel fan, this wine is for you. It’s rich, bold and quite balanced. Dark red with seductively perfumed aromas of raspberry, cherry, lavender and minerals lifted by Asian spices. It seems almost too light for a zinfandel with a silky texture and deep, sweet berry flavours. Chalky tannins and nicely integrated oak.

Photos: Ruslan Sarkisian and Kim Kulish (opposite page)

California

GEYSERVILLE 2005

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2004 CHATEAU MONTELENA $49.95 (750 ml) This cabernet sauvignon has a nice dark, garnet color. The nose is primarily rich aromas of black cherry, currant, and methanol. On entry, it delivers a broad mouthful of fruit with cherry and cassis, plus relatively pronounced Cabernet tannins, typical of a fast-ripening crop. A good “old school” example of a Napa Valley cabernet that it is to be enjoyed during its first decade of life.

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F A S H I O N

Golf Styles for the

Fairways Photography by Ruslan Sarkisian Stylist: Jennifer Nguyen

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ike women’s black and white checked cart bag ($140) and Nike Sumo 5900 driver ($470).

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F A S H I O N

Golf Styles for the

Fairways Photography by Ruslan Sarkisian Stylist: Jennifer Nguyen

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ike women’s black and white checked cart bag ($140) and Nike Sumo 5900 driver ($470).

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mprove your stance with women’s red and white Adidas Powerband golf shoes ($170) and your hand-eye co-ordination with pink Lopez gloves ($15) or Hope ladies gloves ($15). For men, Adidas Tour 360 II ($229) with Nike Viser gloves ($25) and TaylorMade Tour Preferred Cap ($20).

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mprove your stance with women’s red and white Adidas Powerband golf shoes ($170) and your hand-eye co-ordination with pink Lopez gloves ($15) or Hope ladies gloves ($15). For men, Adidas Tour 360 II ($229) with Nike Viser gloves ($25) and TaylorMade Tour Preferred Cap ($20).

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et a good grip. Footjoy’s black Dryjoys pods ($170), gloves from Callaway ($10), TaylorMade R7 Tour Glove ($25), and Ping M-Fit Glove ($22), and a Callaway FT-I Driver ($550).

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et a good grip. Footjoy’s black Dryjoys pods ($170), gloves from Callaway ($10), TaylorMade R7 Tour Glove ($25), and Ping M-Fit Glove ($22), and a Callaway FT-I Driver ($550).

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OF GOLF

Enter the Future Links program, a joint venture between the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA), the Canadian Professional Golfers’ Assocation (CPGA) and the provincial golf associations. Marking its 12th anniversary this year, Future Links is a multifaceted golf development program for Canadian youth between the ages of six and 18. Its offerings instruction clinics, Future Links Mobile Clinics (vehicles staffed by CPGA pros that visit parks, recreation centres, schools, and golf facilities throughout the country), and a “golf buddy” program in which adults mentor junior golfers. More than 634,000 boys and girls have participated in Future Links since its 1996 inception. Last year, a record 111,160 kids took part in more than 3,000 events at 800 sites, including the Yukon and Northwest Territories “A lot of these kids would have never been introduced to golf if it weren’t for Future Links,” says Ted Logan, co-ordinator of golf programs and services for the RCGA in Oakville, Ont. “Kids aren’t necessarily introduced to it through their gym class, their parents, or their friends, and we want to change that. Kids go to school and they learn about soccer or volleyball; we want to make sure we get golf into the schools, take it to the teachers, take it to community camps, make it accessible and affordable.”

“A LOT OF THESE KIDS WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN INTRODUCED TO GOLF IF IT WEREN’T FOR FUTURE LINKS.” Besides Scott, other Future Links graduates include Abbottsford, B.C. native James Lepp, who in 2005 became the first Canadian to win the NCAA Division I individual championship, and 2004 Ontario Amateur champion Andrew Parr. While the three men are the most visible

Future Links graduates, Logan says successful golf careers are merely a welcome byproduct of a program intended to promote the sport broadly. Golf has been credited with everything from the development of everything from social skills to confidence and communi-

Engineered with experience. ike many youngsters, Richard Scott’s first real taste of competitive sports came courtesy of his father, who introduced him to golf at an early age. Following a standout amateur career in which he won three Canadian Amateur titles—one of only six men to accomplish that feat in the past 100 years—Scott turned professional in 2007. Expectations are high. In fact, many feel that if he lives up to his potential, the 25-year-old with the monster drive could ultimately be one of the best golfers this country has ever produced. Scott played in seven events in his inaugural season on the Canadian Tour, making the cut in five and notching two top-10 finishes, including a ninth at the inaugural ATB Financial Classic at the Calgary Elks Lodge and Golf Club. Not bad for a young man whose first exposure to tournament play came from the local Burger King Junior tour in his hometown of Kingsville, Ont. It wasn’t exactly what you’d call a, ahem, whopper of a tour, but it provided the impressionable youngster with his first real introduction to competitive play. By his teens, however, Scott found himself craving better competition so as to bolster his rapidly developing golf game.

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Photo: RCGA

OF GOLF

Enter the Future Links program, a joint venture between the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA), the Canadian Professional Golfers’ Assocation (CPGA) and the provincial golf associations. Marking its 12th anniversary this year, Future Links is a multifaceted golf development program for Canadian youth between the ages of six and 18. Its offerings instruction clinics, Future Links Mobile Clinics (vehicles staffed by CPGA pros that visit parks, recreation centres, schools, and golf facilities throughout the country), and a “golf buddy” program in which adults mentor junior golfers. More than 634,000 boys and girls have participated in Future Links since its 1996 inception. Last year, a record 111,160 kids took part in more than 3,000 events at 800 sites, including the Yukon and Northwest Territories “A lot of these kids would have never been introduced to golf if it weren’t for Future Links,” says Ted Logan, co-ordinator of golf programs and services for the RCGA in Oakville, Ont. “Kids aren’t necessarily introduced to it through their gym class, their parents, or their friends, and we want to change that. Kids go to school and they learn about soccer or volleyball; we want to make sure we get golf into the schools, take it to the teachers, take it to community camps, make it accessible and affordable.”

“A LOT OF THESE KIDS WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN INTRODUCED TO GOLF IF IT WEREN’T FOR FUTURE LINKS.” Besides Scott, other Future Links graduates include Abbottsford, B.C. native James Lepp, who in 2005 became the first Canadian to win the NCAA Division I individual championship, and 2004 Ontario Amateur champion Andrew Parr. While the three men are the most visible

Future Links graduates, Logan says successful golf careers are merely a welcome byproduct of a program intended to promote the sport broadly. Golf has been credited with everything from the development of everything from social skills to confidence and communi-

Engineered with experience. ike many youngsters, Richard Scott’s first real taste of competitive sports came courtesy of his father, who introduced him to golf at an early age. Following a standout amateur career in which he won three Canadian Amateur titles—one of only six men to accomplish that feat in the past 100 years—Scott turned professional in 2007. Expectations are high. In fact, many feel that if he lives up to his potential, the 25-year-old with the monster drive could ultimately be one of the best golfers this country has ever produced. Scott played in seven events in his inaugural season on the Canadian Tour, making the cut in five and notching two top-10 finishes, including a ninth at the inaugural ATB Financial Classic at the Calgary Elks Lodge and Golf Club. Not bad for a young man whose first exposure to tournament play came from the local Burger King Junior tour in his hometown of Kingsville, Ont. It wasn’t exactly what you’d call a, ahem, whopper of a tour, but it provided the impressionable youngster with his first real introduction to competitive play. By his teens, however, Scott found himself craving better competition so as to bolster his rapidly developing golf game.

L

BY CHRIS POWELL

56 | THE BAY STREET BULL | MARCH 2008

Sports sedan

FROM

LEASE FOR

35,900 1.8% Pioneers in safety, efficient turbo charging and dynamic fun! $

Experience your test drive today at Canada’s original Saab Retailer since 1977. QEW

2400 South Service Rd. West, Oakville, Ontario L6L 5M9 (905) 845-1610

“The family business that service built”

www.buddssaab.ca

Budds’ SAAB

PACIFIC RD.

Budds’ Saab

SOUTH SERVICE RD. W.

BRONTE RD.

FUTURE LINKS HELPS GOLF AND YOUNG GOLFERS GROW

The Saab

WYECROFT RD.

Saab 93 1SA model code, $35,900 plus freight $1,400. Car shown Aero model/Combi/Cabriolet @ $43,990/$45,690/$54,390 plus freight $1,400. 1.8% lease for 36 month term OAC. Call for details.

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Photos: Don Hammond and Gary Salter/zefa/Corbis (page 56)

ON THE SHELF

cation skills. In fact, in a survey of parents and guardians of the participants in a similar U.S. youth golf program, First Tee, 74 percent reported an improvement in their childrens’ communication skills, while 24 percent reported no change and 2 percent noted a negative change. (The latter no doubt a result of youngsters rendered speechless after missing a series of easy tap-ins for par.) Parents and guardians also noted a marked improvement in everything from confidence, school grades and social skills, making observations such as “my daughter is definitely blossoming and is much more confident” and “my kid has a better attitude toward everything.” Scott was already a golfer of some renown when he hooked up with the Future Links program in his mid-teens but says it played an important role in his professional development. “Kids are still playing in those local events, which is good, but at the same time, they have the opportunity now with Future Links to travel a little more, play a little more at a younger age and play against some good national competition,” he says in a telephone interview from his home on Georgia’s St. Simons Island. “The tournaments fill a void,” he adds, “Canadian golfers sometimes have trouble staying in the country and playing all year round because there aren’t enough tournaments.” Scott says Future Links is 58 | THE BAY STREET BULL | MARCH 2008

an important step for young golfers. “Any time you can play against good competition and travel around Canada, even if you’re 14, 15, 16, if you have the means to do it, it’s a great thing to have. It’s definitely a step in the right direction.” But like any venture of its size, Future Links takes money. The program receives funding from Sport Canada, while CN is also on board as a title sponsor through 2010. Mark Wallace, assistant vice-president of public affairs for CN in Montreal, says the company’s sponsorship serves two purposes: it provides a platform to deliver its rail safety message to more than 100,000 elementary and high school students each year, but also aligns with its core values. “Golf is a unique game,” he says. “It really teaches a lifelong passion to these kids, and we believe that being passionate in life is very important. We like to help instill those qualities in kids.” There’s also a list of Future Links merchandise such as bag tags, embroidered ball caps and tee packs that’s almost as long as the 1,007-yard, par 6 sixth hole on the Chocolay Downs Golf Course in Marquette, Michigan—renowned as the world’s longest golf hole. Last year, meanwhile, marked the first year of a three-year partnership with Montreal-based club manufacturer One World Golf, which created a signature line of Future Links-branded golf clubs,

available through Wal-Mart and pro shops throughout the country. One World donates a portion of the sales to the Future Links program. Each set features graphite-shafted titanium woods, oversized stainless steel irons, a polymer coated mallet style putter and lightweight stand bag. The goal, says Logan, is for One World to become the country’s largest supplier of junior golf clubs by 2009. And make no mistake, junior golf is big business in Canada. According to a study from Ipsos-Reid, there were 300,000 junior golfers (12 to17 years old) in Canada in 2006—a figure that fails to address younger golfers. “We do a lot for nine, 10, 11-year-olds,” Logan says. Even so, that number slipped from 432,000 in 2001. And while that wasn’t the impetus for the creation of Future Links, Logan says it underscored the fact that there’s still work to be done in promoting the game to youngsters—regardless of their social standing. “There’s that notion of ‘Oh golf, that’s too expensive,’” he says. “But in this case, golf isn’t necessarily 18 holes at Glen Abbey. It can be three holes on a short course, it can be a skills competition on a school soccer field. It’s like any sport: it can be as expensive or cheap as you make it.” And who knows, an appearance on golf’s “money list” could come later.

Photo: Ruslan Sarkisian

“KIDS ARE STILL PLAYING IN THOSE LOCAL EVENTS, WHICH IS GOOD, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY NOW WITH FUTURE LINKS TO TRAVEL A LITTLE MORE, PLAY A LITTLE MORE AT A YOUNGER AGE AND PLAY AGAINST SOME GOOD NATIONAL COMPETITION.”

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (Faber & Faber) is a deliberate play on The Common Reader, Virginia Woolf’s 1925 collection of essays, and centres on the growing consternation of the Queen’s retinue of equerries, advisors, maids and pages as she develops a love of reading. The Queen’s literary odyssey begins when her corgis stumble upon a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, and she, feeling duty-bound, borrows a book. Before long Her Majesty is devouring everything from Hardy to Brookner, Proust to Beckett, unfortunately to the detriment of her duties. Hugely enjoyable, this novel is an argument for the pleasures and possibilities of reading by one of its great champions. Blonde Faith by Walter Mosley (Little, Brown & Company) begins as Easy Rawlins, Los Angeles’ most reluctant detective, arrives home to find that a friend’s daughter has been left on his doorstep; Mouse, his best friend is

missing and wanted for murder; and, worst of all, his longtime lover is planning to marry another man. In this tenth installment of the Easy Rawlins series, Mosley creates a character that is more haunted and vulnerable, more unsure of who he is. Gone are Easy’s youthful pretensions. Mosley’s true talent isn’t penning thrillers, it’s capturing L.A.’s history that few know exists. The End of the Alphabet by C.S. Richardson (Anchor Canada) introduces Ambrose Zephyr, a London advertising executive, who near his 50th birthday discovers that he has one month to live. And so, he and his wife, Zappora (affectionately named Zipper), embark on a whirlwind expedition to see 26 places— one for every letter of the alphabet— before he dies. But the journey takes an unexpected turn after Istanbul when Ambrose begins to seek out a place called home. Richardson’s debut novel is stylish, witty and moving.

The Assassin’s Song by M.G. Vassanji (Doubleday Canada) weaves a 700-year-old family epic with a mystical mystery. Set in India in the 1960s, Karsan Dargawalla, heir to the Sufi Shrine of the Wanderer is to assume his place as guardian. But when, to his utter amazement he is accepted to Harvard, Karsan abdicates his successorship to the ancient throne. Once in America, Karsan severs his links to his father, his people, and his god. For three decades, he lives cut off from his past until tragedy forces him back to India and the discovery of a country and a culture he has for so long denied. The Assassin’s Song is a grand story of filial obligation and personal yearning. Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones (Alfred A. Knopf Canada) is sheer magic. Set on the copper-rich, war-torn tropical island of Bougainville during the 1990s independence movement from Papua New Guinea, the story centres on

Mr. Watts, the village eccentric and only white man. Watts decides to reopen the ruined schoolhouse and begins to read each day from his only book, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. While artillery echoes in the mountains, 13-year-old Matilda and her peers are spellbound by the adventures of an orphan named Pip in a city called London. The Chameleon’s Shadow by Minette Walters (MacMillan UK) deals with the nightmares of hatred and revenge that war ignites. When British Lieutenant Charles Acland is flown home from Iraq disfigured and crippled by migraines and bouts of aggression, he is forced to confront his darker side when he comes under suspicion by police who are investigating three brutal murders. Few writers have Walter’s skill to tackle the subject of a traumatized soldier without delving into easy explanations of criminality so often found in crime fiction.

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Photos: Don Hammond and Gary Salter/zefa/Corbis (page 56)

ON THE SHELF

cation skills. In fact, in a survey of parents and guardians of the participants in a similar U.S. youth golf program, First Tee, 74 percent reported an improvement in their childrens’ communication skills, while 24 percent reported no change and 2 percent noted a negative change. (The latter no doubt a result of youngsters rendered speechless after missing a series of easy tap-ins for par.) Parents and guardians also noted a marked improvement in everything from confidence, school grades and social skills, making observations such as “my daughter is definitely blossoming and is much more confident” and “my kid has a better attitude toward everything.” Scott was already a golfer of some renown when he hooked up with the Future Links program in his mid-teens but says it played an important role in his professional development. “Kids are still playing in those local events, which is good, but at the same time, they have the opportunity now with Future Links to travel a little more, play a little more at a younger age and play against some good national competition,” he says in a telephone interview from his home on Georgia’s St. Simons Island. “The tournaments fill a void,” he adds, “Canadian golfers sometimes have trouble staying in the country and playing all year round because there aren’t enough tournaments.” Scott says Future Links is 58 | THE BAY STREET BULL | MARCH 2008

an important step for young golfers. “Any time you can play against good competition and travel around Canada, even if you’re 14, 15, 16, if you have the means to do it, it’s a great thing to have. It’s definitely a step in the right direction.” But like any venture of its size, Future Links takes money. The program receives funding from Sport Canada, while CN is also on board as a title sponsor through 2010. Mark Wallace, assistant vice-president of public affairs for CN in Montreal, says the company’s sponsorship serves two purposes: it provides a platform to deliver its rail safety message to more than 100,000 elementary and high school students each year, but also aligns with its core values. “Golf is a unique game,” he says. “It really teaches a lifelong passion to these kids, and we believe that being passionate in life is very important. We like to help instill those qualities in kids.” There’s also a list of Future Links merchandise such as bag tags, embroidered ball caps and tee packs that’s almost as long as the 1,007-yard, par 6 sixth hole on the Chocolay Downs Golf Course in Marquette, Michigan—renowned as the world’s longest golf hole. Last year, meanwhile, marked the first year of a three-year partnership with Montreal-based club manufacturer One World Golf, which created a signature line of Future Links-branded golf clubs,

available through Wal-Mart and pro shops throughout the country. One World donates a portion of the sales to the Future Links program. Each set features graphite-shafted titanium woods, oversized stainless steel irons, a polymer coated mallet style putter and lightweight stand bag. The goal, says Logan, is for One World to become the country’s largest supplier of junior golf clubs by 2009. And make no mistake, junior golf is big business in Canada. According to a study from Ipsos-Reid, there were 300,000 junior golfers (12 to17 years old) in Canada in 2006—a figure that fails to address younger golfers. “We do a lot for nine, 10, 11-year-olds,” Logan says. Even so, that number slipped from 432,000 in 2001. And while that wasn’t the impetus for the creation of Future Links, Logan says it underscored the fact that there’s still work to be done in promoting the game to youngsters—regardless of their social standing. “There’s that notion of ‘Oh golf, that’s too expensive,’” he says. “But in this case, golf isn’t necessarily 18 holes at Glen Abbey. It can be three holes on a short course, it can be a skills competition on a school soccer field. It’s like any sport: it can be as expensive or cheap as you make it.” And who knows, an appearance on golf’s “money list” could come later.

Photo: Ruslan Sarkisian

“KIDS ARE STILL PLAYING IN THOSE LOCAL EVENTS, WHICH IS GOOD, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY NOW WITH FUTURE LINKS TO TRAVEL A LITTLE MORE, PLAY A LITTLE MORE AT A YOUNGER AGE AND PLAY AGAINST SOME GOOD NATIONAL COMPETITION.”

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (Faber & Faber) is a deliberate play on The Common Reader, Virginia Woolf’s 1925 collection of essays, and centres on the growing consternation of the Queen’s retinue of equerries, advisors, maids and pages as she develops a love of reading. The Queen’s literary odyssey begins when her corgis stumble upon a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, and she, feeling duty-bound, borrows a book. Before long Her Majesty is devouring everything from Hardy to Brookner, Proust to Beckett, unfortunately to the detriment of her duties. Hugely enjoyable, this novel is an argument for the pleasures and possibilities of reading by one of its great champions. Blonde Faith by Walter Mosley (Little, Brown & Company) begins as Easy Rawlins, Los Angeles’ most reluctant detective, arrives home to find that a friend’s daughter has been left on his doorstep; Mouse, his best friend is

missing and wanted for murder; and, worst of all, his longtime lover is planning to marry another man. In this tenth installment of the Easy Rawlins series, Mosley creates a character that is more haunted and vulnerable, more unsure of who he is. Gone are Easy’s youthful pretensions. Mosley’s true talent isn’t penning thrillers, it’s capturing L.A.’s history that few know exists. The End of the Alphabet by C.S. Richardson (Anchor Canada) introduces Ambrose Zephyr, a London advertising executive, who near his 50th birthday discovers that he has one month to live. And so, he and his wife, Zappora (affectionately named Zipper), embark on a whirlwind expedition to see 26 places— one for every letter of the alphabet— before he dies. But the journey takes an unexpected turn after Istanbul when Ambrose begins to seek out a place called home. Richardson’s debut novel is stylish, witty and moving.

The Assassin’s Song by M.G. Vassanji (Doubleday Canada) weaves a 700-year-old family epic with a mystical mystery. Set in India in the 1960s, Karsan Dargawalla, heir to the Sufi Shrine of the Wanderer is to assume his place as guardian. But when, to his utter amazement he is accepted to Harvard, Karsan abdicates his successorship to the ancient throne. Once in America, Karsan severs his links to his father, his people, and his god. For three decades, he lives cut off from his past until tragedy forces him back to India and the discovery of a country and a culture he has for so long denied. The Assassin’s Song is a grand story of filial obligation and personal yearning. Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones (Alfred A. Knopf Canada) is sheer magic. Set on the copper-rich, war-torn tropical island of Bougainville during the 1990s independence movement from Papua New Guinea, the story centres on

Mr. Watts, the village eccentric and only white man. Watts decides to reopen the ruined schoolhouse and begins to read each day from his only book, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. While artillery echoes in the mountains, 13-year-old Matilda and her peers are spellbound by the adventures of an orphan named Pip in a city called London. The Chameleon’s Shadow by Minette Walters (MacMillan UK) deals with the nightmares of hatred and revenge that war ignites. When British Lieutenant Charles Acland is flown home from Iraq disfigured and crippled by migraines and bouts of aggression, he is forced to confront his darker side when he comes under suspicion by police who are investigating three brutal murders. Few writers have Walter’s skill to tackle the subject of a traumatized soldier without delving into easy explanations of criminality so often found in crime fiction.

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PGA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE April 17 - 20

Verizon Heritage Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, South Carolina Purse: $5,500,000

April 24 - 27

EDS Byron Nelson Championship TPC Four Seasons Resort, Irving, Texas Cottonwood Valley GC, Irving, Texas Purse: $6,400,000

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Florida Purse: $5,800,000

May 01 - 04

Wachovia Championship Quail Hollow CC, Charlotte, North Carolina Purse: $6,400,000

March 20 - 23

Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular Coco Beach Golf & Country Club, Rio Grande, PR Purse: $3,500,000

May 08 - 11

THE PLAYERS Championship TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida Purse: $9,000,000

March 20 - 23

World Golf Championships-CA Championship Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Miami, Florida Purse: $8,000,000

May 15 - 18

AT&T Classic TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Georgia Purse: $5,500,000

March 27 - 30

Zurich Classic of New Orleans TPC Louisiana, Avondale, Louisiana Purse: $6,200,000

May 22 - 25

Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Colonial CC, Ft. Worth, Texas Purse: $6,100,000

April 03 - 06

Shell Houston Open Redstone GC Tournament Course, Humble, Texas Purse: $5,600,000

May 29 — June 01

The Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio Purse: $6,000,000

April 10 - 13

Masters Tournament * Augusta National GC, Augusta, Georgia Purse: $7,000,000

June 05 - 08

Stanford St. Jude Championship TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee Purse: $6,000,000

June 12 - 15

U.S. Open Championship * Torrey Pines (South Course), San Diego, California Purse: $7,000,000

June 19 - 22

Travelers Championship TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut Purse: $6,000,000

June 26 - 29

Buick Open Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan Purse: $5,000,000

July 03 - 06

AT&T National Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Maryland Purse: $6,000,000

July 10 - 13

John Deere Classic TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois Purse: $4,200,000

July 17 - 20

U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee Brown Deer Park GC, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Purse: $4,000,000

July 17 - 20

British Open Championship * Royal Birkdale GC (Lancashire), Lancashire, UK Purse: $8,600,000

July 24 - 27

RBC Canadian Open Glen Abbey GC, Oakville,Ontario, Can Purse: $5,000,000

July 31 — Aug. 03

Legends Reno-Tahoe Open Montreux G&CC, Reno, Nevada Purse: $3,000,000

July 31 — Aug. 03

World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational Firestone CC (South Course), Akron, Ohio Purse: $8,000,000

Aug. 07 - 10

PGA Championship * Oakland Hills CC (South), Bloomfield Township, Michigan Purse: $7,000,000

Feb. 28 — March 02

The Honda Classic PGA National Champion Course, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Purse: $5,500,000

March 06 - 09

PODS Championship Innisbrook Resort - Copperhead, Palm Harbor, Florida Purse: $5,300,000

March 13 - 16

BOTTA “Helios Plus”

Swiss/German Watches Rare brands from Canadian sole distributor #PUUBt"OHVMBS.PNFOUVNt3JFEFOTDIJMEt"SDUPT from $280 to $2,800 Various quartz & mechanical models with Swiss movements. Each watch hand-made in Switzerland or Germany in traditional watchmaking workshops from the highest quality processes and materials: titanium, steel, carbon fiber, ceramics, genuine leather, sapphire crystal. BUY ONLINE at the URL below. Experienced retailers sought (non-Internet).

www.verynicewatch.com RUFUS LIN Designs, sole distributor north america, www.rufuslin.com Rufus Lin Designs, 305-5811 Cooney Rd, Richmond BC, V6X 3M1. Call 1-866-75-RUFUS

GZ

250

2.85L/100km, 99mpg

S40

Boulevard

3.38L/100km, 76mpg

*Stated fuel consumption/economy figures based on testing conducted under controlled situation using the U.S. EPA Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule (UDDS) for Motorcycles as referenced in CFR 40 Part 86.515. Individual fuel consumption/economy figures may vary based on riding conditions. Specifications, product features and colours are subject to change without notice. Read your owners manual carefully and always wear a helmet and protective gear when operating your Suzuki Motorcycle and remember to observe all safety regulations. Be responsible, take a rider training course and always respect the environment. See your participating Authorized Suzuki dealer for complete details. Suzuki. Way of Life.

* Event not co-sponsored by PGA TOUR 60 | THE BAY STREET BULL | MARCH 2008

650

V-Storm 4.58L/100km, 61.6mpg

DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR ,YOUR

toll free 1-888-376-7779 COTTAGE OR AT HOME.

Way Of Life!


PGA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE April 17 - 20

Verizon Heritage Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, South Carolina Purse: $5,500,000

April 24 - 27

EDS Byron Nelson Championship TPC Four Seasons Resort, Irving, Texas Cottonwood Valley GC, Irving, Texas Purse: $6,400,000

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Florida Purse: $5,800,000

May 01 - 04

Wachovia Championship Quail Hollow CC, Charlotte, North Carolina Purse: $6,400,000

March 20 - 23

Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular Coco Beach Golf & Country Club, Rio Grande, PR Purse: $3,500,000

May 08 - 11

THE PLAYERS Championship TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida Purse: $9,000,000

March 20 - 23

World Golf Championships-CA Championship Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Miami, Florida Purse: $8,000,000

May 15 - 18

AT&T Classic TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Georgia Purse: $5,500,000

March 27 - 30

Zurich Classic of New Orleans TPC Louisiana, Avondale, Louisiana Purse: $6,200,000

May 22 - 25

Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Colonial CC, Ft. Worth, Texas Purse: $6,100,000

April 03 - 06

Shell Houston Open Redstone GC Tournament Course, Humble, Texas Purse: $5,600,000

May 29 — June 01

The Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio Purse: $6,000,000

April 10 - 13

Masters Tournament * Augusta National GC, Augusta, Georgia Purse: $7,000,000

June 05 - 08

Stanford St. Jude Championship TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee Purse: $6,000,000

June 12 - 15

U.S. Open Championship * Torrey Pines (South Course), San Diego, California Purse: $7,000,000

June 19 - 22

Travelers Championship TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut Purse: $6,000,000

June 26 - 29

Buick Open Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan Purse: $5,000,000

July 03 - 06

AT&T National Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Maryland Purse: $6,000,000

July 10 - 13

John Deere Classic TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois Purse: $4,200,000

July 17 - 20

U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee Brown Deer Park GC, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Purse: $4,000,000

July 17 - 20

British Open Championship * Royal Birkdale GC (Lancashire), Lancashire, UK Purse: $8,600,000

July 24 - 27

RBC Canadian Open Glen Abbey GC, Oakville,Ontario, Can Purse: $5,000,000

July 31 — Aug. 03

Legends Reno-Tahoe Open Montreux G&CC, Reno, Nevada Purse: $3,000,000

July 31 — Aug. 03

World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational Firestone CC (South Course), Akron, Ohio Purse: $8,000,000

Aug. 07 - 10

PGA Championship * Oakland Hills CC (South), Bloomfield Township, Michigan Purse: $7,000,000

Feb. 28 — March 02

The Honda Classic PGA National Champion Course, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Purse: $5,500,000

March 06 - 09

PODS Championship Innisbrook Resort - Copperhead, Palm Harbor, Florida Purse: $5,300,000

March 13 - 16

BOTTA “Helios Plus”

Swiss/German Watches Rare brands from Canadian sole distributor #PUUBt"OHVMBS.PNFOUVNt3JFEFOTDIJMEt"SDUPT from $280 to $2,800 Various quartz & mechanical models with Swiss movements. Each watch hand-made in Switzerland or Germany in traditional watchmaking workshops from the highest quality processes and materials: titanium, steel, carbon fiber, ceramics, genuine leather, sapphire crystal. BUY ONLINE at the URL below. Experienced retailers sought (non-Internet).

www.verynicewatch.com RUFUS LIN Designs, sole distributor north america, www.rufuslin.com Rufus Lin Designs, 305-5811 Cooney Rd, Richmond BC, V6X 3M1. Call 1-866-75-RUFUS

GZ

250

2.85L/100km, 99mpg

S40

Boulevard

3.38L/100km, 76mpg

*Stated fuel consumption/economy figures based on testing conducted under controlled situation using the U.S. EPA Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule (UDDS) for Motorcycles as referenced in CFR 40 Part 86.515. Individual fuel consumption/economy figures may vary based on riding conditions. Specifications, product features and colours are subject to change without notice. Read your owners manual carefully and always wear a helmet and protective gear when operating your Suzuki Motorcycle and remember to observe all safety regulations. Be responsible, take a rider training course and always respect the environment. See your participating Authorized Suzuki dealer for complete details. Suzuki. Way of Life.

* Event not co-sponsored by PGA TOUR 60 | THE BAY STREET BULL | MARCH 2008

650

V-Storm 4.58L/100km, 61.6mpg

DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR ,YOUR

toll free 1-888-376-7779 COTTAGE OR AT HOME.

Way Of Life!


A W A R D - W I N N I N G

G O L F

P R E M I E R

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P R O P E R T I E S

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Establish Your Legacy Equity Membership Advantage BIGWIN ISLAND GOLF CLUB TRANSITIONS TO A PRIVATE CLUB IN 2008 Bigwin Island Golf Club offers it’s members the Equity advantage. Each Member will own a 1/300 share of the Club and an asset that can be traded or passed down through generations. The Club will offer Members a Private Club experience June 28th to September 1st. Our Private Club experience is one that heralds the days of the Vanderbilt's, Rockefeller's and Hemingway. Come home to Bigwin Island and Bigwin Island Golf Club. An exclusive 700 acre island paradise on pristine Lake of Bays, Muskoka. Designed by world renowned Golf Course Architect Doug Carrick, his inspiration was to capture and reflect the spirit and elegance of Bigwin Island. The course offers 18-signature holes and a layout that nurtures new golfers, while challenging the most experienced.

Become a part of this legacy golf and boating community. Enjoy all that Muskoka has to offer with a unique, custom-built cottage and boathouse on a pristine, wooded lot offering unparallel privacy with 200’ to over 1,000’ lakefront. Indulge in magnificent island dotted views, sunset & sunrise vistas, miles of walking trails, big lake boating and fishing. Property management, year-round security and more ensure privileged leisure through spectacular amenities. Waterfront Lot + Cottage from $1.2 million

“As my generation, my children’s generation and their children’s generation have become scattered around the globe, a place to gather in the summer has become a real anchor for family relationships..” John (Jack) S. Wadsworth Jr., Founder

Not only a Golf Club but a lifestyle that will enhance your life. Invest in your Legacy as a Member of Bigwin Island Golf Club. Call or visit us online for more details, 1-866-355-7356 or www.bigwinisland.com.

Estates

1.866.355.7356 • www.bigwinisland.com • 705.635.2582 A PRIVATE EQUITY GOLF CLUB • WELCOMING CORPORATE AND PUBLIC PLAY • RESERVATIONS REQUESTED • OPEN FOR LUNCH AND DINNER

1.800.840.4036 • www.bigwinisland.com • 705.635.2582 SPECIFICATIONS AND PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE E.&O.E. • BROKERS PROTECTED


A W A R D - W I N N I N G

G O L F

P R E M I E R

W A T E R F R O N T

P R O P E R T I E S

M U S KO K A

Establish Your Legacy Equity Membership Advantage BIGWIN ISLAND GOLF CLUB TRANSITIONS TO A PRIVATE CLUB IN 2008 Bigwin Island Golf Club offers it’s members the Equity advantage. Each Member will own a 1/300 share of the Club and an asset that can be traded or passed down through generations. The Club will offer Members a Private Club experience June 28th to September 1st. Our Private Club experience is one that heralds the days of the Vanderbilt's, Rockefeller's and Hemingway. Come home to Bigwin Island and Bigwin Island Golf Club. An exclusive 700 acre island paradise on pristine Lake of Bays, Muskoka. Designed by world renowned Golf Course Architect Doug Carrick, his inspiration was to capture and reflect the spirit and elegance of Bigwin Island. The course offers 18-signature holes and a layout that nurtures new golfers, while challenging the most experienced.

Become a part of this legacy golf and boating community. Enjoy all that Muskoka has to offer with a unique, custom-built cottage and boathouse on a pristine, wooded lot offering unparallel privacy with 200’ to over 1,000’ lakefront. Indulge in magnificent island dotted views, sunset & sunrise vistas, miles of walking trails, big lake boating and fishing. Property management, year-round security and more ensure privileged leisure through spectacular amenities. Waterfront Lot + Cottage from $1.2 million

“As my generation, my children’s generation and their children’s generation have become scattered around the globe, a place to gather in the summer has become a real anchor for family relationships..” John (Jack) S. Wadsworth Jr., Founder

Not only a Golf Club but a lifestyle that will enhance your life. Invest in your Legacy as a Member of Bigwin Island Golf Club. Call or visit us online for more details, 1-866-355-7356 or www.bigwinisland.com.

Estates

1.866.355.7356 • www.bigwinisland.com • 705.635.2582 A PRIVATE EQUITY GOLF CLUB • WELCOMING CORPORATE AND PUBLIC PLAY • RESERVATIONS REQUESTED • OPEN FOR LUNCH AND DINNER

1.800.840.4036 • www.bigwinisland.com • 705.635.2582 SPECIFICATIONS AND PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE E.&O.E. • BROKERS PROTECTED


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No matter how skilled you are, in Barbados you’ll always find fairways and greens to fit your game. And now you can enjoy them with the Barbados Hole-in-One Package: • 7 night accommodations for 4 in a 3-bedroom villa • 4 rounds of golf at Royal Westmoreland golf club • Airport transfers on-island • Only $2,199 (CAD)* For more information or to book, visit www.ultimategolf.ca or call 1.800.465.3034 *Airfare not included, please call for pricing. Travel between April 1st–30th. Ref#174643.


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