Schmidt-Curley to Co-Design Course with Faldo in B.C.


Schmidt-Curley Design - a full-service golf-course architecture, master-planning and construction-management firm based in Scottsdale, Ariz., - is partnering with Nick Faldo, current captain of the European Ryder Cup team, on its first Canadian design project at British Columbia's Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

Located on the edge of the Selkirk Range in southeast B.C., Revelstoke Mountain Resort is approximately 390 miles northeast of Vancouver and 250 miles west of Calgary, Alberta. The 18-hole course will be situated at the base of Mount Mackenzie along the shores of the Columbia River, on a gently rolling, heavily forested parcel punctuated by meadows and blue lakes. The site is blessed with wide-open views of nearby peaks.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is one of North America's largest destination developments in a quarter-century. In winter, the resort boasts the longest lift-serviced vertical descent in North America and is the only resort in the world offering lift-skiing, cat-skiing, and helicopter-skiing right from the village base. In other seasons, the area offers a diverse range of leisure activities. The multi-phased community features its own village with restaurants, retail shops, skier services, hotels, condominiums, townhomes and single-family lots.

"The development of the resort's golf course will take it from an exceptional winter experience to the ultimate year-round recreational destination," said Paul Skelton, President of Revelstoke Mountain Resort. "We have created a pure skiing and riding experience that has captured the world's attention. With Schmidt-Curley's experience designing world-class golf courses and Nick Faldo's understanding of golf and his record for excellence, we will deliver that level of excitement to the golf arena."

"The course's location adjacent to the river is ideal," said one of the firm's principals, Brian Curley. "We'll be working with relatively sandy soil and terrain that's less rocky and undulating than the typical mountain course. We can't wait to start earthmoving next spring as Revelstoke presents a fantastic opportunity to showcase our skills in the Canadian market."

Revelstoke will be Schmidt-Curley's eighth joint effort with Faldo, a six-time major winner. Previous collaborations include Mission Hills Golf Club's Faldo Course in Shenzhen, China, Marriott's Desert Ridge in Phoenix, and The Wilderness Club in Eureka, Mont.

Schmidt-Curley's entree into the Canadian golf market is another step in its international expansion. With offices in Scottsdale and Haikou, Hainan Island, China, the firm is currently working in a variety of locales, including Mexico, China, the U.S., Thailand and Egypt. Its design credits include the largest golf club in the world, China's Mission Hills; four-time Skins Game host Terra Lago Golf Club in Indio, Calif.; and Chonburi, Thailand's Amata Spring Golf Club, host of the PGA European Tour's Royal Trophy and Asian Golf Monthly's "Best New Course in Asia" for 2006.

"Our firm has worked all types of terrains in all kinds of climates," added Curley, who co-founded Schmidt-Curley Design with Lee Schmidt in 1997. "We pride ourselves on our ability to tackle any project that comes down the pike, emphasizing both creativity and professionalism."

For more information about completed and current projects, visit www.schmidt-curley.com or call 480/483-1994.


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