Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2008 09:13 Monday, 03 November 2008 08:45
Under a cloudless sky – the predominant weather pattern at Tobiano – Michael Grenier, President of Pagebrook, Inc. and developer of Tobiano, presided over the Official Opening Ceremonies on April 11th marking the culmination of years of dreaming, planning, and creating.
That Opening Day saw the first of more than 20,000 golfers tee off on the dramatic first hole in a season that would see Tobiano being named the Best New Course in Canada by SCOREGolf.
“We were confident that we could offer great golf and a superb facility, but reaction in the market in year one exceeded our expectations,” said Michael Grenier.
“The superb work and dedication of Thomas McBroom, Director of Golf Miles Mortensen, Superintendent Terry Smith, and our entire Tobiano staff have allowed us to present this high-quality product to golfers here in the Thompson Okanagan and from around the world.”
Indeed, Tobiano has already attracted the attention of golfers from far and wide, including National Hockey League stars like Jarome Iginla, Mark Recchi, and Shane Doan among others. Some members of the cast of the Cirque du Soleil got in a few rounds, as did Country and Western music’s Dirks Bentley.
Cooper has already made plans to play Tobiano again next year when his Circus Tour comes to Kamloops.
The reaction from guests and the positive feedback we have received from golfers, the media, and professionals in the golf industry, has been very gratifying,” said Tobiano General Manager and Director of Golf Miles Mortensen.
Complemented by the truly innovative clubhouse design by Andreas Kaminski of a|k|a architecture + design, and the outstanding culinary creations of chef George Moutsos, Tobiano has already become an area focal point.
Ideally located in the semi-arid climate 20-minutes west of Kamloops, Tobiano is just a three-and-a-half hour drive from Vancouver and less than two hours from Kelowna in the heart of the Thompson Okanagan region, renowned for its wineries and year-round vacation destinations.
“It was a tremendous opening season, in every way,” said Mortensen. “Like Alice Cooper, our many returning clients, and all the golfers now making plans to play here for the first time, we can’t wait until next season.”
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