Tom McBroom making history at Whitewater Golf Club
Historic in Nature, Everlasting by Design
THUNDER BAY, ON - Following in the spirit of adventure and the footsteps of the French-Canadian voyageurs, the native Ojibwa and Métis hunters and Scottish fur traders, who first put the area on the map in the early 1800s, Whitewater Golf Club is a testament to the resolve of those who first paddled the Kaministiquia River and those who have followed.
Nestled between the soothing Kaministiquia River and the tranquil Rosslyn Oxbow Wetland, Canadian golf course architect Tom McBroom, a pioneer in his own right, has handcrafted a 27-hole championship layout that captures the incredible beauty of the majestic river valley.
The 550-acre Whitewater property is a dramatic collage of topographical features rarely found on one site. The river valley creates dramatic plateaus, steep cliffs, ravines, and magnificent wetlands, creeks and ponds. The dense boreal forest and its mountain range backdrop revealed signature trees that have been artfully introduced into the design.
The golf holes at Whitewater are manmade, but created with such naturalness to appear as though they just happened on their own, McBroom says. Whitewater is as natural as they come, thats what the land called for. Its not contrived in any way. Course clearing started in September 2002. The last fairway was seeded in April 2004. Construction of a third nine, The Sand Barren Course is expected to start within 18 months.
After opening late last summer for limited member play, the semi-private facility is preparing for its first full season in 2005. The two all bent grass nine-hole designs that wander through towering poplar and Jack Pine groves are ready for play. Just seven yards shy of 7,300-yards, the par-72 Forest and River Courses m easure 5,584-yards from the forward tees, 6,265-yards from the White tees, 6,792 from the Blue tees and 7,293-yards from the tips or the Gold tees. 2005 green fee rates will vary from $45-$70 depending on time and day of week. For those considering membership the initiation fee is $8,000 plus $2,400 in annual dues.
This is a magical place where history, tradition, wilderness and natural beauty meld together perfectly so that every minute you spend on this land it feels like you were meant to be here, says co-founder Silvio Di Gregorio. You can stand on the banks of the Kaministiquia River, in the tranquility of the Northern Ontario backwoods and take a 200-year journey back in time to the days of the fur trade. I n the serene Kaministiquia River Valley, where eagles soar silently in the clear skies and wildlife from moose and deer to bear and lynx roam free, Whitewater is a tonic for the body and soul.
Di Gregorios vision is to develop Whitewater GC at King Georges Park Estates as a world-class golf facility and residential community in Northern Ontario that will draw both American tourists from nearby Minnesota and Wisconsin and avid golfers from across Canada. At the heart of the project is McBrooms 27-hole masterpiece. Estate lots, town homes and luxury condominiums will be meticulously designed to exist in harmony with Whitewaters precious natural setting and not intrude on the golf course. Lots are currently available and construction of the first residences starts this spring.
Whitewaters rough-wood and stone-faced clubhouse has been designed with imagination and detail to capture the essence and history of the fur trading days. Two 35-foot birch bark canoes hang overhead in a quaint setting that features a rustic looking bar and a small fine dining area featuring portraits of explorers, beaver pelts, paddles and other antiques from a by-gone era. An outside balcony offers stunning 180 degree vistas of the golf course and a majestic wetland in the river valley below with the endless back drop of the boreal forest. Theres also a larger conference room and pro shop on the main floor with member and guest locker rooms and an executive boardroom on the lower level.
The Whitewater Golf Academy may well prove to be one of the premier teaching facilities in Canada. This is by far the best setting I have ever had to develop a practice area, McBroom says. Sunken in the midst of an immense pine forest the 20-acre golf academy is second to none. The academy features putting, chipping, sand and short game stations as well as a 400-yard range with double-ended bentgrass tee decks.
At its very essence, Whitewater GC and King Georges Park Estates is a hometown, family run development led by Bruno and Silvio Di Gregorio. The two brothers started Brunos Contracting as a summer job in 1972. From small beginnings paving driveways, Brunos Contracting has evolved into one of the largest and most respected companies in Northwestern Ontario. Based in Thunder Bay, it is a major player in the highway construction industry in the North. Over the past decade, Brunos has expanded into one of the citys largest residential and commercial land developers with 300 employees.
Digital course photos are available upon request.
For more information contact:
Silvio Di Gregorio
665 Hewiston St.
Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 5V5
Tel. 807-623-1855, Fax 807-623-0360
Web site: www.whitewatergolf.com
120 Carlton Street, Suite 305,
Toronto, Ontario, M5A 2K1
Tel. 416-967-9329, Fax 416-967-7105
Web site: www.thomasmcbroom.com