The Board of Directors of Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club have selected the U.S. firm of Hurdzan/Fry Environmental Golf Course Design to become their consulting golf course designers. Ottawa Hunt and Golf leadership believes that protecting the heritage and future of their golf courses requires a master plan to guide improvements. Hurdzan/Fry was selected from a list of 23 invited firms.
Hurdzan/Fry is based in Columbus, Ohio, but they have worked extensively in Canada for more than 20 years, on such projects as Devil’s Pulpit and Devil’s Paintbrush in Caledon, Ontario, as well as the Georgian Bay Club, Le Diable at Mt. Tremblant, Westwood Plateau near Vancouver, and Dundarave on Prince Edward Island. In the USA, among the more than 300 projects completed over a 50 year history, their work includes a complete remodel of Scioto Country Club in Columbus, which will host the 2016 USGA Senior Open, and Erin Hills near Milwaukee that will be the venue for the USGA 2017 US Open Championship.
Theo Mayer, General Manager of Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club said, “We carefully investigated many golf course design firms over the past 10 months to find the best fit for our membership, golf course staff, and property. Hurdzan/Fry offers a unique blend of knowledge and experience that we believe will permit us to improve the golf experience, yet preserve much of our historical character, by building upon previous master planning efforts.”
Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club was established in 1908, and has occupied the same piece of property since then. The original golf courses were design by the legendary Scottish designer and champion golfer, Willie Park, Junior. The golf club was the site of the 1932 Canadian Open, 1994 du Maurier LPGA Championships, and the 2008 CN Canadian Women’s Open. The Club has earned numerous accolades for its contribution to the community and its service work.
Club President Lori White asserts “Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club is a club for families and avid golfers. The Club prides itself in being a great place to enjoy a game of golf in the company of good friends in a beautiful setting. The basic routing of the golf course will remain unchanged, but we anticipate in particular a revamping of our greens and a fresh look at golf strategy to cope with emerging technologies in golf equipment. Hurdzan Fry Environmental Golf Design fits very well with our Belong Here message and we look forward to a lasting relationship. Above all, we will continue our efforts to be good stewards of the wonderful parcel of land that is the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club.”