Carrick to renovate Whistle Bear


Sean Dudley
By Adam Lawrence

Canadian architect Doug Carrick is planning a major reconstruction of the Whistle Bear course in North Dumfries, Ontario, with the goal of attracting a PGA Tour event, perhaps even the Canadian Open, to the club.

Alongside the Carrick-led course renovation, Whistle Bear is undertaking a rebuild of its clubhouse, with work planned to start this October. Whistle Bear, which was originally designed by John Robinson, and opened in 2001, hosted the second tier Nationwide Tour in 2004 and 2005.

Carrick expects to submit a long-term masterplan for the course to its ownership, which includes Canadian hospitality firm The Landscape Group, within the next few months. Clubhouse design firm Hicks Partners is handling the building architecture. The club also intends to add a swimming pool and tennis courts.