Whitewater Opens July 15/04

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Whitewater Opens To The Public July 15/04 with 18 Holes

by Scott A. Sumner
www.golfingnews.ca
   On June 1st with much excitement, and after great anticipation the Whitewater Golf Club designed by Tom McBroom opened.  "We had 9 holes ready, open for our members.  There was a lot of rain on May 31 and June 1 so we got people out on the course playing shortly after lunch.  Even with all the rain we had the course drained so well that after it stopped raining we were able to get everyone out golfing,' states Silvio Di Gregorio.  "Up until July 15 we are keeping the course open to members only, sort of as a treat to our members and at the same time to give the course the time to mature and grow in a little more."
    The Whitewater Golf Club currently has about 235 members full members plus 30 to 35 associate members.  There still are about 20 full memberships available and some associate memberships.  The full memberships will top off at 254 and more members will be added once the other nine hoes are developed bringing the total to 27 holes.  Right now the initiation fee of a full member is $6000.00.  If you want a spousal membership as well it will be $7000.00.  The annual fees would be $2400 for golf which includes some access to the golf academy.  If someone wanted an all inclusive package it would be $2699.00 and that includes unlimited golf, unlimited access at the golf academy as well as your locker and towel service.
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The general public can play Whitewater Golf Club starting July 15, 2004 with the rate structure as follows:
The 18 hole rate will be as follows

 

AM to 12 noon

Pm 12 noon to twilight

Twilight 4 hours before dusk

Mon to Tues

$40

$50

$35

Wed

$45

$55

$40

Thurs

$45

$65

$45

Fri-Sun & Holidays

$65

$65

$45

The 9 hole rate will be as follows

 

AM to 12 noon

Pm 12 noon to twilight

Twilight 4 hours before dusk

Mon to Tues    

$32

$40

$28

Wed    

$36

$44

$32

Thurs 

$36

$52

$36

Fri-Sun & Holidays  

$52

$52

$36

  
LOWER RATES WILL COME INTO EFFECT OCTOBER 1

Power Cart Fees range from $24 to $30 per cart, $12 to $15 per person (based on double occupancy)  All of Whitewaters 51 carts are electric to keep the noise down and limit pollution.

   The course construction has happened very quickly at Whitewater.  "We didn't start moving dirt until May 24 of last year.  Realistically from the time we started moving dirt on this property we had the course open in one year, one week.  That's incredible.  Courses are not built in one year.  We really focussed on it,' says Di Gregorio.  "The other thing that is incredible is, that its June 15, today and we have a club house that is open to our members.  Typically when  golf clubs open up the clubhouses are two to five years away.  Club house construction started in November of last year and was worked on throughout the winter.  Everything at the clubhouse will be complete by June 30th.  The lockers will be open, showers, sauna, everything will be the done.  As of right now the whole main floor is completed.  The banquet room, the restaurant, the bar, pro shop.  We opened the restaurant yesterday to the mens night gang."
     The clubhouse is 22,000 square feet.  On the main floor is the pro shop, administrative offices, rest rooms, a private members lounge, a restaurant, bar and banquet facility.  There is also a tremendously large and spectacular deck from which you can see the Rossyln Oxbow Wetlands, Candy Mountain as well as No 18 fairway and green, No 10 fairway and tee boxes.  It has a golf ambiance around it which is superb.
    "Right now we have 6 holes from the front nine and three from the back nine in play.  The other nine holes are coming along fine.  They will be open for play July 15, 2004.  We will be done then until we start the next 9 holes in the future.  There will still be construction going on in the subdivision, the roads in etc..'  notes Di Gregorio.
   The access to the clubhouse is off of two roads.  The one that is open already is from Hwy 130 and it is approximately 2 to 3 kilometers in off that road.  There will be another entrance from 25th Sideway at Broadway.  That will be open probably by the end of August.  It is approximately the same distance coming in form there, another 2 to 3 kilometers.  The road coming in from Hwy 130 will be paved sometime in July.  "The hydro and telephone companies are working there now and should finish soon.  We are looking at the end of July when it will be paved.'  says Di Gregorio.
   The Whitewater Golf Club development will have approximately 300 to 350 residential units.  "We are now working on the first stage of the single family residential which is about 70 single family units.  We are hoping to have those ready sometime in July.  Also we will start construction of our luxury townhomes and are hoping to have a model home up by this fall,' states Di Gregorio.  "They will be built in clusters of four where you have two end units and two interior units, all with attached garages and  from 1300  to 2200 square feet.  They are very attractive residential units which will be located on the entrance road as you are driving in before you get to the clubhouse, between Hwy 130 and the golf academy."  Of the 70 residential single family units, approximately half are sold already according to Di Gregorio.  The company is shooting to have houses constructed this year.
     "Originally we certainly werent doing a project like this.  We were doing a medium level golf course on a residential area.  What got us into this was Tom McBroom's enthusiasm.  When he came here, he showed us the site and told us about the natural assets we had here and how he could turn it into a world class facility,' smiles Di Gregorio.  "I saw that as being a great asset for our community.  For us to be using this property to a different use would not have been appropriate.  We just wanted to construct this and provide our community with a great golf tourism asset.  We hope to use this as a tourism attraction for Thunder Bay."
  I was able to play Whitewater Golf Club for the first time on June 17.  My first impression of the course was excellent.  After having played over 30 high end golf courses in the last year I was very impressed with this Tom McBroom design.  The mark of a good course is one that fits into the natural terrain or lay of the land nicely.  Whitewater accomplishes this to a tee.  The tall trees, Kam River, changing elevations and adjacent Rossyln Oxbow Wetlands coupled with some man made water ponds make for a perfect golf experience.  Several of these holes will be spectacular with large elevation drops and the Kam River in your view.  Whitewater has come a long way in a short time since my earlier visits during construction phases.  As time goes on Whitewater will get better and better, especially with some more growing time.  The clubhouse is spectacular with a beautiful surrounding deck.  The craftsmanship including stone fireplace is excellent.  Attention to detail is very evident right down to the furnishing which were imported from Europe.  Also look for a golf academy practice facility opening June 19, second to none in our area.
  Silvio Di Gregorio, an avid tennis player has starting playing golf himself.  "Sort of, you don't want to see me out on the golf course.'  laughs Silvio. 



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