Halifax, NS – Halifax, Nova Scotia will host the TELUS World Skins Game for the first time in July 2012 as the popular golf event celebrates its 20th anniversary in Canada next summer. The world-class Glen Arbour Golf Course was announced today as the host site for the historic event that will see five top PGA TOUR professionals compete in the Canadian summer golf tradition July 29-31, 2012.
“The TELUS World Skins Game has a long history of visiting Canada’s top tourist and golf destinations and Halifax is the ideal city to host the 20th anniversary celebration of this important Canadian event,” said Gen. (Ret.) Rick Hillier, Chair of the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board. “This marquee event not only provides a memorable opportunity for local golf fans to see some of the best players in the world compete in their own backyard, but it also allows TELUS to leave a significant charitable legacy in the Atlantic Canada community.”
The TELUS World Skins Game is always a highlight of the Canadian summer sporting schedule for the country’s most passionate golf fans, as well as the community that hosts it. Fulfilling its promise to “give where we live,” the TELUS World Skins Game has raised more than $10 million since 2001 for a wide variety of important causes across Canada.
The first Skins Game was held in 1993 at Devil’s Pulpit Golf Club in Caledon, Ontario, and during its 19-year history has seen some of the biggest names in professional golf compete at Canada’s top golf destinations, including Jack Nicklaus, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, Mike Weir and Greg Norman.
“The 20th anniversary of the TELUS World Skins Game is an excellent opportunity to showcase Nova Scotia on the world stage,” said Percy Paris, Minister, Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Major events such as these help to attract visitors to our province, build Nova Scotia’s tourism industry and grow our economy.”
Glen Arbour Golf Course is one of Atlantic Canada’s premiere golf destinations. Glen Arbour Golf Course is owned and operated by Annapolis Group Inc. a land development company whose roots dates back to the 1930’s, currently owned by the Hennigar Family, descendants of the late Roy Jodrey, the company’s founder. Since opening in 1999, Glen Arbour has played host to a number of prestigious golf events including the inaugural Wayne Gretzky and Friends Invitational in 2000 and the BMO Canadian Ladies Open in 2005.
“We have wanted to bring the event to Halifax for many years and we’re thrilled that the stars have aligned to allow us to come to Glen Arbour for this important anniversary event,” said Danny Fritz, vice president and co-managing director at IMG Canada. “We’re looking forward to celebrating this anniversary event with the golf fans of Nova Scotia and will be working over the next few months to make next summer’s TELUS World Skins Game a very memorable event.”