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Magazine names Taboo Golf Club in Gravenhurst 2004 best course in Canada

By GolfPublisher Staff,
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Taboo Golf Club, a Ron Garl-designed course in Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada, has been named the best new course in Canada in 2004 by Score Magazine.

Based out of Lakeland, Fla., Ron Garl Golf Design has crafted more than 200 golf courses throughout the world. Taboo, Garl's third Canadian creation, was designed to carve through the natural beauty of the area, as considerable time and effort was spent on the routing to work around the magnificent rock outcroppings and specimen trees.

"We spent a year working on the master plan," Garl said, "and we had dozens of variations. Our plans were definitely driven by the land. We couldn't give up until we had it perfect. It was like going through a maze, and we knew when we arrived at our final solution that it would be spectacular."

Not only are the Canadian media taking notice, but Taboo is also turning heads on the PGA Tour. Canadian Mike Weir, who won the 2003 Masters and is currently ranked No. 7 in the world, has selected Taboo as his home course and has signed a five-year commitment to represent the club.

"We are extremely pleased that Taboo has been so well received by the golfing public," Garl said. "We wanted to create 18 different and original holes, make sure that every hole is straightforward and that good shots are rewarded. Our goal was to design a course where options and strategy were key factors in every shot."

In addition to Taboo being Garl's third creation in Canada, it is also his third Canadian course to receive this honor, as his Heritage Pointe in Calgary won the award in 1994 and his Wooden Sticks in Uxbridge, Ontario received it in 2000. For more information on Garl designs, check out rongarl.com.

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