Category: Niagara Falls Golfing

    Could there possibly be a more dramatic backdrop for golf than Niagara Falls?

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    I don’t know how common this is, but I’ve never seen this before. The National Post has a sponsored article that is supposed to be “Special to the National Post”. It is essentially an ad for golfing at Niagara Parks Commission courses.

    Growing numbers of golfers come every year to gaze in awe at the world’s mightiest waterfalls and play the celebrated trio of courses that helped the Niagara Peninsula blossom into one of North America’s hottest and most unique golf destinations.

    Operated by Niagara Parks Golf, the two championship courses at the $27-million Legends on the Niagara complex, together with the Stanley Thompson-designed Whirlpool Golf Course, have become as essential to life and tourism on the peninsula as the award-winning wineries, War of 1812 battlefields, and theatre offerings of the Shaw Festival.

    Launched to rave reviews in 2002, Legends on the Niagara is one of the showpieces of the Canadian game. Niagara Parks Golf recruited two of the country’s top golf architects, Doug Carrick and Thomas McBroom, to design sister 18-hole courses.

    $100-million condos backed by Chinese investors

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Luxury units that are part of a $100-million condominium project to be built surrounding the Thundering Waters Golf Course in Niagara Falls are selling fast.

    In just a month-and-a-half, 60 of the 150 units that range from $283,900 to $1.9 million have been scooped up, said Mark Primerano, a realtor who’s assisting with sales for the 10-storey Upper Vista condominium development.

    Construction is expected to begin next year, with occupancy in 2018.

    From the first tee to the falls

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    From the Toronto Star:

    For the residents of the new Thundering Waters community in Niagara Falls, it will always be a short walk to the falls or — in the other direction — to the first tee.

    Located just over a kilometre west of the falls, this two-phase 171-lot community of single-family homes and townhomes is being built on the par Thundering Waters Golf Club. It’s the first “signature course” by professional golfer John Daly who was actively involved in the design.

    Bringing the community on stream was a lengthy four- to five-year process which required overcoming several planning and design challenges, says Crystal D’Cuhna, sales manager with Mountainview Homes, the builder and developer. But the wait has been worth, she maintains.

    Banner at the Admiral Inn

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    I noticed this awhile ago, but never got around to posting about it.

    This is a banner that is on the side of the Admiral Inn at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Clark Avenue.

    At first glance, it seems fine….

    • Picture 1 is a butterfly. Ok, we have a Butterfly Conservatory
    • Picture 2 is a waterpark. I’m not sure which one it is, but yes, we have a few waterparks.
    • Pictures 3 and 4 are of Niagara Falls. That makes sense.
    • Pictures 5 and 6 are about golf. That’s right, we have a lot of golf courses around. Wait a minute… we definitely don’t have mountains and palm trees around!

    🙂

    Freebies slashed at Niagara Parks Commission

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    From Bullet Media:

    If they want to play, they’re going to have to pay.

    Niagara Parks Commissioners have decided they’ll no longer take free passes to play golf on NPC courses, ending a practice that some saw as a perk and others a useful promotional tool.

    Politicians too, with few exceptions, will have to bring their wallets with them when they hit the links. And that’s just fine says Niagara Falls Coun. Vince Kerrio Jr., the city’s representative on the commission.

    “I think it’s a signal we’re going in a different direction,” said Kerrio.

    A few Niagara-related items in the Summer 2010 CAA magazine

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    The other day I received the latest CAA magazine. I’m in the Niagara Region, so there are always local things highlighted in the magazine. I noticed these 3 things in particular. I’m not sure which (if any) of them might have been in other regional editions of the magazine:

    1. The small “Coaster Craving” article doesn’t mention Dragon Mountain at Marineland, but does mention Sky Screamer
    2. I thought the ad for the Fallsview Cascade was interesting, as it doesn’t show the hotel at all.
    3. Thundering Waters is mentioned in the Grip It and Rip It blurb

    John Daly to conquer Niagara Falls

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    The City of Niagara Falls website has a press release for professional golfer John Daly. Daly plans on making an attempt at being the first person to hit a golf ball across the mighty Niagara. On August 3, 2005, as part of the opening of his Thundering Waters Golf Course, Daly will attempt to prove why he has won the driving distance title on the pro tour 11 times by driving a ball from the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls landing on American Soil.

    Thundering Waters Golf Course is a 7,322 yard course designed by John Daly in collaboration with Canadian golf architect Bo Danoff.

    John Daly’s Thundering Waters GC
    Presents a Grand Opening
    For the Ages in Niagara Falls

    For Immediate Release
    March 11, 2005

    NIAGARA FALLS, ON – John Daly will face the roar of Niagara Falls head on in August as he attempts to become the first person to drive a golf ball across the world famous Horseshoe Falls.

    Over the decades numerous people have attempted the “ultimate stunt” plunging over the falls in a barrel. Some have lived and many have died. Annie Taylor was the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel and she survived back on October 24, 1901.

    A little more than a century later Daly will tee it up on August 3, 2005 as part of Grand Opening celebrations for Niagara’s Falls newest world-class golf property Thundering Waters Golf Club – A John Daly Signature Course. The British Open and PGA champion will attempt to connect on a drive that would make history as it crosses from the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls and lands in the United States of America.

    “I have hit some towering drives in my time but to try and clear Niagara Falls would be an awesome feat. I can’t wait to return to Canada for the Grand Opening of Thundering Waters. It’s going to be a historic day for many reasons,” Daly says. “Niagara Fall is one of the true Wonders of the World and one of the reasons I decided to design my first signature course in the area.”

    While Daly won’t be risking life and limb like those who have taken the plunge over the falls, it’s estimated that he’ll need to carry a drive of at least 350 yards in the air to cross the watery falls. Big John can grip it and rip it like no one else, but can he land it? “We’re hoping his drive will be heard around the world” says Frank Racioppo, Thundering Waters Golf Club Vice-President of Operations, who developed the concept after Daly first suggested the idea. “We were driving by the Falls last fall and John asked how far it was to the other side. We started talking about the concept of a long drive over the Falls and John thought it was a fabulous opportunity to create some excitement. He’s not someone who will back down from a challenge, so this should be a lot of fun and a memorable day for Niagara Falls.”

    Daly is one of the most recognized and popular members of the PGA Tour. “The Lion” as his friends on Tour know him is known primarily for his power on the course. Daly led the PGA Tour in driving distance for eight consecutive years and has won the title a record-setting 11 times. Heading into action this week on the PGA Tour, Daly’s longest recorded drive of the season stands at 382 yards, which has him in the top 20. In 2004 he recorded his longest drive ever on tour at 399 yards, but there’s a lot of fairway roll in those drives.

    Thundering Waters GC is located in the heart of the Niagara Falls tourist district some 1,500 yards from the brink of the thundering Canadian Horseshoe Falls and only three blocks from the new Niagara Fallsview Casino. It’s the second facility planned by Daly’s firm and his first in Canada. Some holes will be lengthy even by the standards of the world’s longest hitters. The par 72 course measures 7,322 yards, including a 661-yard par 5 hole from the back tees. Thundering Waters GC is also a member of the popular Niagara Golf Trail.

    Canadian golf course architect Bo Danoff has been the driving force working in tandem with John Daly throughout the design and construction process. Daly’s strategic input as a PGA Tour player consultant has added exciting risk/reward opportunities that should make the course the talk of the country. “I’ve seen a lot of architects and Bo is probably one of the greatest I’ve known,” Daly said of Danoff. “He’s a great talent and will be doing a lot of courses in the future.” The 18 hole design combines the parkland tranquility of Augusta National and the wind swept dunes of traditional British Open Championship courses. Sweeping fairways, undulated greens, sculpted bunkers and meandering creeks, all nestled between towering trees and mighty dunes that combine to create a true masterpiece.

    Fallsview Golf Inc., a Niagara Falls, ON-based company with extensive real estate and hospitality holdings in Canada and the United States, including the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel & Conference Centre, is developing the project.

    High-resolution images of Thundering Waters GC and John Daly are available upon request.

    For PDF Poster for the Grand Opening, click here

    For more information contact:
    Frank Racioppo
    Vice-President of Operations
    Thundering Waters GC – A John Daly Signature Course
    6000 Marineland Parkway
    Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
    905.357.6000 ext. 427
    (c) 905.380.6007
    (tf) 1.877.833.DALY (3259)
    frank@thunderingwaters.com
    www.thunderingwaters.com
    www.johndaly.com

    Bo Danoff
    Danoff Golf Design Inc.
    Golf Course Architects
    design@danoffgolf.com
    416.738.4653

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