OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
April 30, 2015
GolfNorth is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Parks Canada, to enter into a 42 year lease for the operation of Cape Breton Highlands Links and the Keltic Lodge.
“We consider it a great honour, that the stewardship of these two national treasures has been placed in our hands,” remarked GolfNorth President Shawn Evans. “We’re extremely excited to enter into this partnership with Parks Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia, and expect that it will be the beginning of a long and mutually beneficial relationship for all parties involved.”
GolfNorth firmly believes that Cape Breton Golf, specifically the Highlands Links coupled with the Keltic Lodge, have significant potential for growth, in a predominantly stagnant North American golf market. Doug Breen, GolfNorth Regional Vice President and Chief Agronomist explained why, “The course is perhaps Stanley Thompson’s greatest masterpiece, and Stanley Thompson is perhaps golf’s greatest architect. Courses like this are one in a million, and every golfer has it on their bucket list – or if they don’t, they should.”
Cape Breton Highlands Links has consistently been ranked in the top ten courses in Canada, and is routinely listed in the top 50 in the world. According to the recent Canadian Golf magazine’s “Top 100” list, it’s #4 in the Country. It is a “mountains and ocean” course, with breathtaking vistas, nearly 75 years of history, and a layout that golfers can never forget.
“It received some criticism a few years ago, some of it deserved – but my hat is off to Parks Canada for bringing in Ian, and the yeoman’s work that has been accomplished here, to bring the course back toward its original glory,” Breen continued. “Any further work to be carried out on the course, will be undertaken with the aim of retaining the vision of Stanley Thompson. We believe that the Master Plan created by Ian Andrews, is the most accurate interpretation of the original notes, drawings, and photographs, available to us at this time.” Architect Ian Andrews, is widely considered to be the world leader in the restoration of Stanley Thompson golf courses.
The Keltic Lodge, is like stepping back in time, while still experiencing all the amenities of a modern resort hotel. There’s something here for every budget, every taste, and loads of entertainment beyond the obvious golf course down the path. The Lodge itself is like something out of another era. It has the feel of a roaring 20’s railroad hotel, while at the same time retaining the rustic charm of a National Park Lodge. The Inn feels more contemporary, but still swells with down-home Cape Breton hospitality, and both boast views of the Atlantic that will take your breath away.
The dining is second to none, whether one is having a formal dinner in the Purple Thistle, pub food in the lounge, local seafood in the Atlantic restaurant, or one is fortunate enough to be a guest at an event in the Ceilidh Hall. And if you’re lucky, a Kitchen Party might break out, featuring one of the many talented musicians who flock to the place. The Keltic Lodge is one of a handful of surviving monuments to a bygone era. Modern hoteliers spend millions, to try to create the ambiance that already exists there, and has for nearly 75 years.
Every Canadian, who has ever travelled the Cabot Trail, knows that Cape Breton is simply a marvel of Canadian wilderness. The Keltic Lodge and Highland Links are two remarkable gems, offering some of the most breathtaking views in all of Canada. The fact that these treasures exist at the nexus point between the workaday world, and Cape Breton Highlands National Park, is the stuff of dreams. No planner, developer, or golf course architect could ever hope to repeat what has developed organically on the peninsula. “We intend to make the Lodge and Course a point of continuing pride for the people of Ingonish, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and Canada – and we are going to invite the world.”
GolfNorth Properties is a Golf and Resort management company, based in Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario. Founded in 1994, the company has expanded steadily, and is a national leader in the consolidation and management of golf properties. With the addition of Cape Breton Highlands Links and the Keltic Lodge, GolfNorth now operates 27 golf properties in Canada.
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