Category: Niagara Falls News

    John Daly to conquer Niagara Falls


    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)

    Bo Danoff
    Danoff Golf Design Inc.
    Golf Course Architects

    Party Time on Clifton Hill


    The Niagara Falls Review ran an article on the proposed developments on Clifton Hill today. The article mentions two waterparks (one indoor, one outdoor), roller coasters, a ferris wheel and a 28 storey hotel.

    The proposal goes before city council this Monday, May 30 as we had mentioned in a previous post.

    Party time on Clifton Hill
    HOCO seeks city approval for rides, parks, new hotel

    By COREY LAROCQUE Review Staff Writer
    Local News – Saturday, May 28, 2005 @ 02:00

    NIAGARA FALLS – Roller coasters, a ferris wheel and two water parks would take Clifton Hill’s “festive atmosphere” to a new level if HOCO Entertainment and Resorts gets city council’s approval to build up to 20 amusement park rides, says Harry Oakes, the company’s president.

    “We’ve looked at the whole market in Niagara Falls. We’ve picked our niche,” Oakes said Friday. His company already concentrates on attracting families and fun-seeking couples.

    “We just want to improve on what we do.”

    HOCO has asked city hall for a zoning bylaw amendment to build up to 20 amusements park rides and a 28-storey hotel along the top of the escarpment between Clifton Hill and Robinson Street. That parcel of land is 12.5 hectares (31 acres) and represents what one report calls “Niagara Falls’ most important underdeveloped site.”

    The site isn’t big enough for a full-size amusement park like Marineland or Canada’s Wonderland. Oakes describes his proposal as a family entertainment centre, a “right-sized version for Clifton Hill.”

    It’s modelled after Tivoli Gardens, a 160-year-old downtown amusement park in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Rides would be installed on the site’s north end, toward Clifton Hill. The 28-storey hotel and two water parks (one indoor, one outdoor) would be built closer to Robinson Street.

    Ferris wheels have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity since the London Eye was built as a millennium project in England. Roller coasters are “timeless” attractions, said Oakes.

    Both appeal to families who have visited the falls in the day and are looking for at night entertainment, Oakes said.

    Only the proposed 294-room Comfort Suites hotel and the 54-metre Ferris wheel would be visible above the treeline.

    “You really only see the top 25 per cent of it when you’re in the park, due to the trees,” Oakes said.

    HOCO already owns most of the property on the south side of Clifton Hill, where numerous attractions already operate, including the Great Canadian Midway and the Boston Pizza restaurant. Oakes opened them in 2002 and sees the family entertainment centre as a chance to expand on their success, he said.

    City council is scheduled to debate HOCO’s zoning application at a planning meeting Monday night at City Hall. The city’s planning department recommends council approve the project, with some technical changes to the zoning bylaw. The city’s architectural peer review panel is largely satisfied with the project, but wants proof that the hotel won’t affect wind patterns, a report states. But the Niagara Parks Commission has concerns about proposed changes to the Jolley Cut area and doesn’t support it without discussing some changes.

    The entire project would require an investment of $100 million and would see the companies total number of employees increase to about 1,250 from 750 now, Oakes said.

    If council approves the project Monday, HOCO would gear up immediately and be ready to start construction of the first phase in October with the goal of opening it next April, Oakes said.

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