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Premiers re-open “National Treasure” Historic Algonquin Golf Course following two-year renovation

St. Andrews by the Sea, New Brunswick  – – Canada’s premiers helped kick off a new chapter for one of Canada’s oldest and most celebrated golf courses following the annual Council of the Federation summer meeting in Saint Andrews, N.B.

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant, joined by fellow premiers from across the country, took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official re-opening of the Algonquin Golf Course following a two-year, $3 million renovation designed by renowned Canadian golf course architect Rod Whitman.

“The Algonquin Golf Course is a national treasure which has earned a reputation of being one of Canada’s most impressive courses,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “This redesign will help maintain that well-deserved reputation and draw more visitors to Saint Andrews, one of New Brunswick’s most scenic and historic communities.”

“The Algonquin played an early and significant role in the birth of Canada’s golf culture,” said 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.  We are honoured to have so many of our country’s leaders join us to celebrate this legacy and enjoy our latest achievement.”

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.

“The rich history and seaside setting at the Algonquin combine for a unique golfing experience that generations of players have enjoyed,” said Jeremy Buffam, vice president of New Castle Hotels & Resorts which also operates the resort and golf course. “With his latest effort, Rod Whitman has built on this history by taking a step back to the natural terrain and landforms emblematic of the world’s best courses.  His attention to subtle details, mastery of green complexes and knowledge of the game are evident in the final product.  Players of all levels will appreciate and enjoy the new challenges the redesigned course presents.”

Whitman’s work on Cape Breton’s Cabot Links earned recognition as one of the world’s 100 greatest courses, and one of the world’s eight most beautiful courses.

“Rod Whitman re-imagined an award-winning course by showcasing the incredible vistas that surround it,” noted Matthew MacKenzie, general manager of the Algonquin Resort.  “Our team, led by new chief superintendent, Steve Williams, has brought Rod’s vision to life through expert agronomy and exceptional turf management.   I dare say it’s a true national treasure, shaped by the hands of Canadians who love the game.”

In addition to the Algonquin Resort, over its nearly 40-year history, New Castle Hotels & Resorts has managed some of eastern Canada’s most renowned golf resorts including Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario, and Keltic Lodge at the famous Highlands Links in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa in Digby, Nova Scotia is part of the company’s present portfolio.

The Algonquin Golf Course is open to the public from April to October.

Algonquin gets 4 diamonds

Officials with the Algonquin Resort  have announced that the hotel was awarded the Canadian Automobile Association’s (CAA) prestigious Four-diamond designation. The Algonquin is a member of Marriott’s distinguished Autograph Collection of hotels and is only the third hotel in the province to earn the designation.

Fewer than six percent of the 29,000 hotels in North America that are rated four diamonds by CAA/AAA inspectors. According to CAA, four-diamond hotels are “refined and stylish with upscale physical
attributes that reflect enhanced quality throughout. Fundamental hallmarks include extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.” CAA inspectors rate
hotels on a scale of one to five diamonds.

“The Algonquin reopened only a few months ago following an extensive, 18-month renovation,” said Denise Bradbury, Director of Sales & Marketing. “CAA diamond ranking is  recognized the world over as a reliable gauge of quality, so it is very gratifying to see everyone’s hard work pay off with such an important, international certification.”

The 233-room Algonquin Resort overlooks the picturesque Passamaquoddy Bay from St. Andrews-by-the Sea, New Brunswick, Canada. Each guest room and suite was carefully renovated to reflect The Algonquin’s original Victorian style.  Modern conveniences and amenities include luxurious pillow-top mattresses, plush bathrobes, MP3 players, 32-inch flat screen televisions, in-room coffee and complimentary, in-room movies and WiFi. The 17 suites provide a separate, private seating area, and select guestrooms and suites feature a spacious balcony or patio.

The Algonquin Resort Launches New Bi-Lingual Website — St. Andrews-by-the Sea Destination Prominently Featured

The Algonquin Resort

The Algonquin Resort has not only re-launched the storied New Brunswick resort hotel,  but also inaugurated a brand-new web site that captures the hotel’s  multi-million dollar renovation and entry into Marriott’s exclusive Autograph Collection of hotels.

“It’s an interesting challenge to reflect the charm and old world elegance of a 19th century hotel while using 21st century technology,” said Mark Gascoigne, president Trampoline branding
of Halifax, Nova Scotia, who developed the site. “Today’s guests expect to be able to thoroughly explore a resort via its website and book a vacation, but we didn’t want technology to overshadow the hotel’s unique qualities. I think we’ve threaded that needle pretty well.”
In addition to the expected elements like descriptions and photos of every room category,  restaurant menus and direct booking capabilities, www.algonquinresort.ca enables guests to plan their stay by offering full- and multiple-day itinerary suggestions and direct links to area attractions, such as Kingsbrae Gardens, Off-Kilter Bike Tours and Fundy Tide Runners, a local whale watching operation. Guests also can book tee times at The Algonquin’s top rated golf course and enroll in Marriott Rewards.

“The Algonquin is a Canadian landmark and a vital part of the St. Andrews-by-the Sea community,” said Tim Ostrem, general manager. “We felt it was important to use our website, and the incredible reach that comes from our affiliation with Marriott and the Autograph
Collection, to market the entire destination. “St. Andrews and The Algonquin have a very symbiotic relationship, not only from the
standpoint of the guest experience, but also from a business standpoint,” Ostrem continued.

“What’s good for one is good for all, which is why we were very careful to showcase the entire town on our site.”
The site also will showcase the hotel’s Twitter feed, a regularly updated blog and curated TripAdvisor reviews. Guests will be able to post to their own Twitter, Facebook and other social media channels directly from the website and the hotel’s Facebook and Pinterest pages will be used to celebrate all things St. Andrews for further showcase the destination.

For additional information about The Algonquin Resort, please visit the website at www.algonquinresort.ca.

The Algonquin in St. Andrews, New Brunswick re-opens with an offer of luxury

Algonquin Resort guest room

A Maritime tradition in its second century of impeccable service, The Algonquin Resort is a Canadian landmark evoking the sensibilities of a distant past and offering a respite from contemporary life.

Overlooking the picturesque Passamaquoddy Bay, in St. Andrews by the Sea, New Brunswick, the 234-room Tudor-style “Castle-by-the-Sea” has been welcoming guests including heads of state, royalty and vacation and business travelers since 1889.

One of the first chefs at The Algonquin Resort, in the late 1800s, was the brilliant and respected Chef George F. Braxton. The Algonquin Resort is looking to honour the culinary great and learn more about the gastronomic history of the iconic resort.

“To piece together the history of The Algonquin Resort, we’re launching the Chef George Braxton Challenge,” Says General Manager, Tim Ostrem. “We’d love to connect with the ancestors of Braxton’s culinary team and fellow staff members who served our first generation of guests.”

Braxton is believed to be the first African-American man to lead a luxury resort kitchen and publish a cookbook. His philosophy of providing uncompromising quality continues to inspire the resort to this day, so much so, that The Algonquin named their new fine dining room Braxton’s Restaurant and Bar in his honour.

As The Algonquin Resort reopens in 2014, the resort is proud to honour and pay-respect to one of the legends of their seaside resort. They’re looking forward to inviting the descendants of Braxton and his co-workers to the grand opening.

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