|TORONTO, January 9, 2001 – Delta Hotels announced that it has entered
into a management contract effective January 8, 2001, for ClubLink Corporation’s
(“ClubLink”) four Muskoka resorts: Delta Lake Joseph Resort, Delta
Sherwood Inn, Delta Grandview Inn and Delta Rocky Crest Resort.
Delta Hotels has acquired a site to develop a 250-room hotel and conference
centre at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, scheduled to open
in the spring of 2003. Another component includes a reciprocal marketing
arrangement offering Delta hotel guests preferred access to ClubLink’s
daily fee golf courses in Ontario and Quebec, and provides ClubLink with
additional marketing opportunities with Delta Hotels. As well, Delta Hotels
has purchased a two-year option to acquire the conference centre site at
ClubLink’s 54-hole Rolling Hills Golf Club in Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario.
|“We are delighted to begin the New Year welcoming
these four Muskoka resorts to our portfolio. These properties feature outstanding
golf facilities located in a prime resort destination,” said John Johnston,
President, Delta Hotels. “With the addition of these four resorts, Delta
now has 39 properties across Canada with resorts in Whistler, B.C.; Kananaskis,
Alberta; Haliburton, Ontario; Muskoka, Ontario; and, another resort scheduled
to open in Sun Peaks, B.C. in time for the 2001/2002 ski season.
“This partnership combines Delta’s strong presence in the corporate
conference and leisure markets and ClubLink’s unmatched expertise in the
golf community. The combination promises to lead to increased occupancy
for the resorts,” says Johnston.
As Delta assumes management of these four ClubLink resorts, this step
fulfills one component of a major agreement between Delta Hotels and ClubLink
announced on September 20, 2000. Also part of the agreement,
|Two hoteliers, familiar to the Muskoka region, will also have key roles
in the management of the four ClubLink resorts.
Chris Lund has been appointed Regional Director Resorts Ontario,
in addition to his role as General Manager, Delta Toronto East. Lund began
his hotel career with Canadian Pacific Hotels in 1983 where he held various
senior management positions, including General Manager of Deerhurst Resort
in Hunstville, Ontario for six years.
Trevor Graham has been appointed General Manager, Muskoka Resorts.
With more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, Graham has been Executive
Director, Resort Operations for ClubLink Resorts since 1998. Prior to joining
ClubLink, he spent nine years with Horseshoe Resort in Barrie in a variety
of senior management positions.
at a date to be determined to complete the 45-hole Grandview Golf Club.
The golf facilities at Lake Joseph, Rocky Crest and Grandview are ClubLink
Premium Member Clubs with access for guests of the resorts.
|Delta Lake Joseph Resort and Delta Rocky Crest Resort each offer an
acclaimed Thomas McBroom designed 18-hole golf course. Land has been acquired
for a second 18-hole course planned for Delta Rocky Crest Resort. The recently
completed Mark O’Meara Course, adjacent to the Delta Grandview Inn, is
scheduled to open for play on May 31, 2001. A second 18-hole course co-designed
by Nancy Lopez and Curtis Strange will be built
Designed by Canadian architect Thomas McBroom, The Lake Joseph
Club was carved out of dense forest, granite rock outcroppings and bobbing
In addition to outstanding golf facilities, the four resorts also feature
a variety of year-round activities. Located in Huntsville on the shores
of Fairy Lake, Delta Grandview Inn features 151 rooms and conference facilities
for up to 250 delegates. The resort also offers year-round nature trails,
a “Tour of the Night Sky” astronomy program featuring Canada’s first resort-based
astronomical observatory, dogsledding, downhill and cross-country skiing
in winter, and tennis, water skiing, sailing and canoeing in summer, as
well as a variety of indoor activities in the recreation centre.
Delta Rocky Crest Resort and Delta Lake Joseph Resort both overlook
Lake Joseph. Delta Rocky Crest Resort features 65 one- and two-bedroom
suites. Delta Lake Joseph Resort has 25 luxury villas each featuring a
grand two-storey Great Room and generous open space. Both resorts are located
on an expanse of prime Muskoka waterfront, ideal for nature hikes, sailing,
beach volleyball, and waterskiing in summer and cross-country skiing and
snowshoeing in winter.
Delta Sherwood Inn, with 49 rooms, also sits on prime Lake Joseph shoreline.
This resort is renowned for its exceptional dining experience. For the
fifth consecutive year, the resort has earned the CAA/AAA “Four Diamond
Plate Award” for exceptional dining and service. In addition, the resort
also features a variety of year-round activities.
ClubLink is Canada’s largest owner, operator and developer of high-quality
member golf clubs, daily fee golf clubs and golf resorts that feature golf
as their key amenity.
Delta Hotels is the largest first class hotel company in Canada, operating
39 hotels and resorts from Vancouver to St. John’s. Delta’s diverse portfolio
of city-centre, airport and resort properties cater to business and leisure
travellers. Headquartered in Toronto, Delta Hotels is a wholly owned subsidiary
of Canadian Pacific Hotels & Resorts Inc.