ST. ANDREWS BY-THE-SEA, N.B. — Canada’s oldest and most celebrated golf — the Algonquin Golf Course at the Algonquin Resort in Saint Andrews, N.B. — marked its official re-opening earlier this week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by premiers from across the country. The celebration marked the completion of a two-year, $3-million renovation of designed by renowned Canadian golf-course architect Rod Whitman.
“The Algonquin played an early and significant role in the birth of Canada’s golf culture,” says Jim Spatz, executive chairman of Southwest Properties, which owns the resort with New Castle Hotels & Resorts. “Taking part in the reimagination of one of our country’s premier golf resorts and helping to bring it back to its roots as an ocean course is a responsibility that we embraced.”
The first Algonquin Golf Club opened in 1894 on pastureland that once belonged to Sir Leonard Tilley, a Father of the Confederation. The clubhouse, opened in 1896 near the current 17th green, is recognized as the oldest in Canada.