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May 2013

Orlando Offers So Much To Do! See Inside

Ryder Cup: Huge Event That Offers Excitement! G-MAC by Kartel Unveils Spring 2013 Collection, Puts Style On Par With Performance TBDGA 2013 Tournaments

Tearing down walls to build a dream is key in Club Residence Condominium Development

Tiger Woods Keeps On Winning!


TBDGA 2013 Tournaments Note: Some of the dates or courses are subject to change JUNE June 8-9 Golfing for Gold Kenogamisis Golf Course June 15-16 Mallon’s Play It Again Sports Better Ball Strathcona Golf Course Chapples Golf Course June 21 Municipal Seniors Municipal Golf Course June 22 North Shore Open (27 holes) North Shore Golf Course June 29-30 Dragon Hills Invitational Dragon Hills Golf Course

June 29-30 The Keg District Open TBA Whitewater Golf Club JULY July 6-7 July 13-14 Chapples Invitational (3 man scramble) Marathon Men's Open Chapples Golf Course Peninsula Golf Club July 15 Steve “O” Senior Invitational Thunder Bay Country Club July 13-14 July 20-21

Strathcona Club Championship FWCC Club Championship Strathcona Golf Club FWCC July 27 North Shore Senior 2 Man Best Ball North Shore Golf Course July 27-28 Whitewater GC Club Championship Whitewater Golf Club July 27-28 Aguasabon 4 Man Masters Agusabon Golf Course AUGUST August 3-4 August 2-5 Stanley Thompson Memorial 2 Man Strathcona Invitational Kenogamisis Golf Course Strathcona Golf Club August 9-10-11 FWCC Invitational FWCC August 9-10-11 Barrick Gold Skins Game Peninsula Golf Club August TBA Bergstrom Kenogamisis Golf Course August 10-11 Chapples Club Championship Chapples Golf Course August 17-18 Centennial Mens Club Championship August 17-18 Municipal Club Championship Municipal Golf Course August 24-25 Thunder Bay CC Club Championship

Thunder Bay Country Club August 24-25 Aguasabon Mens Open Aguasabon Golf Course August TBA TBDGA District Junior Championship TBA August 24-25 Dragon Hills Club Championship Dragon Hills Golf Course August 30 Dragon Hills Senior Open Dragon Hills Golf Course

SEPTEMBER August 31September 2 Canadian Tire District Amateur Strathcona Golf Course Chapples Golf Course Whitewater Golf Club Aug 31- Sept 1 Geraldton Club Championship Kenogamisis Golf Course September 7-8 September 7-8 Marathon Club Championship

Emerald Greens Golf Course OCTOBER October 5 Dragon Hills Open 4 Man Scramble Dragon Hills Golf Course October 13 Stokaluk Shoot-Out Municipal Golf Course

G-MAC by Kartel Unveils Spring 2013 Collection, BY SCOTT A. SUMNER

NW Ontario Golfing News “ We have been working with Padraig Harrington for many years with our golf clothing. Graeme McDowell bumped into Padraig in the locker room at an event and saw Graeme was wearing a Kartel sweater.

Terrace Bay Club Championship Peninsula Golf Course Aguasabon Golf Club September 8 Municipal Invitational Municipal Golf Course September 14 North Shore 2 man North Shore Golf Course September 14-15 Emerald Greens Club Championship This lead to our relationship with Graeme McDowell.” said Karl Swan, Managing Director of Kartel based out of Dublin, Ireland. “ The business was founded 65 years ago by my grandfather who was a master tailer who could measure you up from head to toe. That is where our heritage of fine quality clothing started. We have three different types of clothing including ready made suits jackets and trousers, casual with jeans etc and then the golf division broken down into Kartel by Padraig and the G-Mac by Kartel based around Graeme’s style and identity.” Kartel is a small family run Irish business. Padraig Harrington helped them distribute their product to now over 32 countries. He is a 3 time major winner and helped grow the brand. Kartel have a staff of 26 who are mostly sales agents. “ G Mac likes the modern vintage look going back to the era of Bobby Jones who would turn up to the golf events beautifully presented. He was a gentleman inside and outside. They are attributes that Graeme likes and would like to emulate. He has a style that helps to define him and a specific look,” said Karl Swan. “ Graeme is such a kind hearted guy. When he won his first event he picked up his father from work, brought him around the neighbourhood to pick one of the houses for sale and bought it for him. We have seen first hand that he wanted to include a certain amount of the sales proceeds from the clothing to charity to help those less fortunate. Each year he flys a group of sick children to Orlando and Disney World.” Kartel and the G Mac clothing is available on line and at premium golf shops. A golf shirt is $ 70 to $ 80 US dollars. A knit wear product is $100 to $150. G Mac clothing is also available at pro shops at Pebble Beach, Medinah, Hazeltine and other high end courses. It is very performance driven clothing that handles well with a nice sophisticated look but with a very fair price.

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www.golfingnews.ca Ryder Cup Huge Event That Offers Excitement! BY SCOTT A. SUMNER

NW Ontario Golfing News Last year it was fun to visit Chicago, primarily to spend some time at the 39th Ryder Cup Matches held at Medinah Country Club located some 20 minutes west of downtown Chicago. The Ryder Cup is the biggest sporting

event in golf, held once every two years alternating between the USA and Europe.

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As an avid golfer, it was definitely fun to see these exciting matches up close and personal between golfers like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy - along with 50,000 others! This was the biggest golf event I have ever been to with over 1800 media there including 900 in TV and 900 in print. I was told there were about 5 media members from Canada, which made it quite

unique for me! They know how to do things in a big way in the USA and it was a very thrilling atmosphere to be in with two teams, the USA and Europe playing a series of team and individual match play events over three days. The venue was big with many corporate tents and a 50,000 square merchandise store that did over $10 million in business for the week- pretty good sales! Some major corporate players were there including American Express which provided media with a portable hand held TV unit that allowed you to get the NBC feed while out walking on the course. That was amazing and made me wonder where will our technology end? The match’s started with the USA taking what was thought to be an insurmountable lead on Friday and Saturday only to lose by the closest of margins at the 17th hole on Sunday in the second last match. It really was an electric atmosphere and one I will always remember. The chants of USA, USA or OLA, OLA from the US and European fans on site was fun to be a part of and makes me want to plan to be at the next Ryder Cup in Scotland in 2014. The destination of Chicago is one I would definitely come back to again. This is a world-class city that is about a two hour flight away from us in Thunder Bay!

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Orlando Offers So Much To Do BY SCOTT A. SUMNER

NW Ontario Golfing News The snow was falling, temperatures were cool and we had new direct jet service with United from Thunder Bay to Chicago. It seemed like a good opportunity for me to travel to Orlando, see the Arnold Palmer Invitation PGA Tour event and Tiger Woods as well as play some golf and check out Disney!

The new United service to Chicago is really good for Thunder Bay as it offers a much quicker gateway to the US than we have had for awhile. You leave here at 6am and arrive in Chicago’s O’Hare airport at 6:30 am when this large airport isn’t totally busy- which makes for easy movement in the terminal. It even gave me time to have breakfast at McDonald’s, which is where the iconic fast food brand began. My flight to Orlando landed at 1pm and I was off to start this adventure.

My first stop in Orlando was to the famed Bay Hill course owned by Arnold Palmer. Ironically as soon as I hit the media centre Arnold had just begun his press conference event. It was fun to see him up close and personal and hear his comments on the game today from the per-

while in Orlando. As a Canadian you just have to play golf when you are down south during our winter months. It was great to play the Shingle Creek Golf Club during my trip. Shingle Creek Golf Club at Rosen is a large hotel property of over 1500 rooms,

spective of a golf icon! Some of the thoughts of Arnold Palmer. “ I give Tiger the chance to get the record of 18 majors but he will have to keep himself up mentally and physically. I think Tiger can beat the overall record of 82 wins as well. “ “ In the 1960’s I had a wooden club and it was totally different than it is today. I am still playing golf now because of the equipment coming out on the market. The game will change and continue to advance. I would like to see them slow the ball down. Somewhere you will run out of room and the golf courses will not be able to handle it.” “ The Masters starts our year and is the highlite of our year. We do need to take a look at the international aspects of golf and we may see other events come along.” After a quick lunch I made my way to the range to see my golf hero, Tiger Woods, warming up. Tiger was the subject of most of the fan attention and watching him all week win the event was fun. The theme parks of Orlando always interest me because of their magnitude and the large numbers of people there enjoying themselves. This time in Orlando it was a treat to spend time at Disney at their Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Disney is a must visit for everyone

450,000 square feet of convention space , 8 places to eat on property, pools, a spa and fitness centre and golf academy. It is largely a convention hotel but they do a lot of leisure business on the weekends and this time of year have many golf packages because of the weather in Canada. “ We opened December 1st, 2003 and were designed by David Harman who was at one time the lead designer for Arnold Palmer. He has also done courses in the area such as Orange Country National and Red Tail,” said David Scott, Director of Golf at Shingle Creek Golf Club. “ We are 10 minutes from the airport, 1 mile from the 2 million square foot Orange County Convention Centre, within a mile of Universal Studios, 3 miles away from Seaworld as well as 15 to 20 minutes from Disney. There are 50,000 hotel rooms right in this area.” “ The Bay Hill week is the busiest of the year for us with the PGA Equipment Week a close second. We have a local program where you can join and get discounted fees, food and beverage and get a lot of convention and non resident business,” said Scott. “ I like the course conditions here number 1. The course has matured. It isn’t very hilly, sort of Doralish without the palm trees but with big greens and a lot of water and sand. We have 5 sets of tees you can play from 5800 yards to 7200 yards. The fairways are generally wide so if you can get the ball in the fairway you can reach the green.” In the summer the green fees at Shingle Creek can get down to $75 and include cart and range balls. This time of the year it is $135. They do about 48,000 rounds paid which is pretty good in this market as there are way too many golf courses in Orlando according to Scott. “ Our location and course conditions along with our hotel mean we do OK. We can get some pretty nice weather in January. Cold for us is a high of 60 degrees. In the summer time you can do a stay and play package for $159 per night which includes 1 room accommodation and two rounds of golf. It is hot in the summer in the low 90’s but very humid. Some people like the heat such as the UK people. The morning starts may still be good then. We’d love to have you play and stay at our property” said David Scott. Orlando was a fun destination for me. There are lots of activities for all ages here and it is a great winter getaway from the winter time in Canada!

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Tearing down walls to build a dream is key in Club Residence It used to be that a project the size and scope of The Club Residence was handled by one developer who would in turn contract out to trades on an as-needed basis. However, with Thunder Bay’s most ambitious condominium project entering the major construction stage, it’s clear that the

management team has embraced modernity not only in the design of the luxury residence, but also in the way project contributors are coming together.

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Indeed, there are many partners involved in the development of the 109 suite condominium. Each partner has been strategically chosen to execute its core competencies, leading to an approach that has transcended the antiquated notion of simply ‘hiring’ subtrades. Instead, the project allows for a controlled, collaborative atmosphere where experts in differing fields are able to contribute to the build. Initially, the dream of The Club Residence was hatched when Thunder Bay’s premiere Condo developer, Robert Zanette, began brainstorming with the executive membership of Thunder Bay Country Club – now known simply as ‘The Club’ – about a development that could transform their outdated clubhouse while simultaneously building an exclusive Country Club Residence in the heart of Thunder Bay. While the golf course has had some unanticipated setbacks, optimism with the board increases as the framework is reaching ground level and above. There current-

ly remains a fully functioning temporary clubhouse with bar and pro shop, and the course is expected to be in top shape heading into the 2013 golf season. Bob Swan, the The Club president, has noted that the new clubhouse, which will make up much of the ground floor of The Club Residence, provides a state-of-the-art experience for its members and act as a multi-functional restaurant, clubhouse, and conference centre. Robert Zanette, the lead developer of this project certainly appreciates the patience and partnership exhibited by The Club membership. “When we started this devel-

opment, there was a leap of faith demonstrated by the Club’s Board of Directors. Their clubhouse was over 100 years old and needed to be replaced, and we’re on track to build them something amazing. It will not only be Thunder Bay’s most modern Clubhouse, but will simultaneously add value to the fortunate residents on the upper stories of the Condominium, by providing them with a modern facility for meeting, dining, and relaxing. We’re building something that both members and residents can call home and we couldn’t do it without the cooperation of our partners at The Club.” Continued Next Page

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Continued Next Page Of course, a project of this scope does follow certain traditional tenets of building development. There remains a hierarchy to the construction management, with Dowland leading the team. Don Wing, who is one of Thunder Bay’s most experienced large-scale project development managers, leads the local operations of Dowland, and is enthusiastic that the Club Residence project will meet the highest possible standards regarding safety, efficiency and building quality. Dowland has accomplished safe and expedient builds of major scope throughout Canada, and our local business operations have quickly grown to become a top player in the construction management field” notes Wing. “That said, with all of the projects that we have achieved, the Club Residence exemplifies the pinnacle of luxury. I’m proud of what our team is undertaking, and expect fortunate buyers will be equally proud to call The Club home.” Joining the team is designer, Jim Peterson,

who is one of Thunder Bay’s top engineers. Peterson plays an active role in the development of the project, working closely with other project contributors to ensure the highest standards of design are met. Another key player, Magest Building Systems, of Stratford, Ontario is providing the steel frames for the building, which are already manufactured for Phase 1 and will be shipped within weeks to the build site, where the 6 story condominium will soon take shape. As is the case in other facets of the project, Magest is not just a subtrade or simple supplier, but rather a partner in the process. Gary Martin, president of Magest is excited about the build, and plans to bring his unique process of cold form steel construction to other regional projects with the Dowland team in the future. Finally, adding to the local collaborative approach to this development project are a number of Thunder Bay’s top consumer suppliers. Businesses like Bob’s Woodburners, Design Build Centre, and even the Power Centre are working with their own suppliers to provide cost effective, yet luxurious and modern options to outfit each suite with top-of-the-line customizations, as per the owners’ requests.

Ultimately, this atmosphere of collaboration among the development team will make for a unique and luxurious Condominium and Clubhouse. The Club Residence construction is being phased with the 10,088 square foot Clubhouse and 37 suites comprising the entire west and clubhouse wings are being constructed as Phase One. A very limited amount of suites remain available in the exclusive first phase of the project with construction well underway and steel framing slated to be erected this spring. Completion of Phase One is on track for early 2014. Phase Two will comprise the entire south wing, consisting of 72 suites, and is slated to be ready for occupancy starting in Autumn 2014. The Club Residence management team is excited to announce that moving forward, there are now many more suites available to meet consumer demand. With suites starting at just over $330,000, the Club Residence simultaneously becomes Thunder Bay’s most luxurious condominium development as well as one of the best values in the market.

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The Club Residence will provide a great new addition to the golf community of Thunder Bay. The new building on the site of one of our historic courses will be fun to watch as it develops this summer!

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