New 18-hole Ocean Course to be ready for play in 2025; Plans now being drawn for an 18-hole parkland-style course targeting a 2026 completion
Acclaimed golf course architects Doug Carrick (left) and Tom McBroom (centre) with Steven Joyce (right), owner of Fox Harb’r Resort, standing on a future fairway.
NOVA SCOTIA: Fox Harb’r Resort, one of Canada’s premiere resort communities, announces additional development updates at its five-star property in Nova Scotia, including an accelerated launch of a second phase of construction for its new Carrick-McBroom designed golf course. By summer 2026 guests and members will have access to a 36-holes of golf comprising an 18-hole Ocean Course fronting the Northumberland Strait and an 18-hole parkland style course, adjacent to the resort’s vineyards, to be known as the Vineyard Course.
In addition to updates to its golf facilities and following the completion of the 37,000 sq Joyce Centre in 2022, plans are also in place for exclusive new real estate opportunities designed by acclaimed Canadian architect Brian MacKay Lyons, an expanded wellness centre, and new programming to go alongside the warm hospitality and world class amenities the resort is known for.
Set alongside the rocky red cliffs of Nova Scotia’s Northumberland Coast, Fox Harb’r Resort offers guests a sense of timeless luxury. Already a top-ranked course, the entire golf experience is being reimagined by two of Canada’s top golf architects, Doug Carrick and Tom McBroom. The design duo are collaborating for the first time to completely transform golf’s next chapter here.
The epic Atlantic Canada coast line will create some of the most spectacular golf vistas in the world.
“With construction on the Ocean Course well underway, we’re excited to turn our attention to the new Vineyard Course, which is now being advanced forward in the same timeframe as the Ocean Course,” says Carrick. “It’s a bold decision by Steven Joyce, owner of Fox Harb’r and will firmly establish the resort as a pinnacle golf destination. Having both an Oceanside Links and a Parkland Course will create a unique golf experience not found at many other resorts.”
Beyond golf, the resort offers abundant natural beauty and ample activities including hiking, cycling, fishing, clay shooting, archery, axe throwing, kayaking, and boat tours. With fine dining, ocean view accommodations, and a private runway on the property, Fox Harb’r offers the ultimate luxury getaway for travellers and an exclusive community for those lucky enough to call it home.
“We’re taking great care to build a comprehensive golf experience that best complements our dynamic community,” says Joyce. “Nova Scotia is rich in culture and off-the-beaten track experiences. It’s a place where people embrace the important things in life: family, friendships, health, and connection to nature.”
A MEMORABLE OCEANFRONT EXPERIENCE
The resort is the dream made reality of Tim Hortons’ co-founder and philanthropist, Ron Joyce. Its promise, “luxury without pretension” in a uniquely private destination with a vast offering of world class amenities.
In addition to a 36-hole championship golf course, the resort will also feature state-of-the-art practice facilities and a nine-hole pitch-and-putt course and putting green.
This announcement of the construction start of the Vineyard Course comes nearly one year after work began on Phase 1, the Ocean Course. The team, led by hotelier Kevin Toth, Fox Harb’r Resort president, have been working tirelessly to further elevate all aspects of the entire 1,100-acre property.
“Our goal is to cement the resort’s place among the very best golfing destinations in North America,” says Toth. “We’re confident our two championship courses will provide members and visiting golfers with a phenomenal new golfing experience here in Nova Scotia.”
The Atlantic province is quickly becoming known as one of Canada’s great golf destinations. This summer, 6 courses in Nova Scotia were featured on Score Golf’s Best Courses In Canada 2023 list.
ABOUT FOX HARB’R
The dream made reality of Canadian icon Tim Hortons’ co-founder and philanthropist, Ron Joyce, Fox Harb’r Resort flows along Nova Scotia’s sunrise side, the Northumberland Shore. Its promise, “luxury without pretension” in a uniquely private destination. Located 90 minutes drive from Halifax, Nova Scotia and Moncton, New Brunswick, this CAA/AAA Four-Diamond and Canada Select Five Star retreat also has its own 5,000 foot fully-service runway and aircraft hangar. Fox Harb’r is best known as home to one of the best-rated championship golf courses in Canada. This 1,100-acre retreat also encompasses all-suite accommodations for up to 170 guests, a dedicated meeting facility, and more stand-out venues. Additional on-site activity options include the top sporting clay shooting facility on the East Coast, horseback riding, sea kayaking, boat cruises from the deep-water marina, and an award-winning spa. Rounding out this singular oceanside experience – a lighthouse, a vineyard, greenhouses, and over 16 km of nature trails. Visit www.foxharbr.com
ABOUT DOUG CARRICK
Since establishing Carrick Design in 1985, Doug has been involved in the planning, design and remodeling of more than 80 golf courses world – wide. His vast range of experience includes a wide variety of golf / residential communities, golf resorts, exclusive private clubs and pay as you play courses. Doug’s formative years as a landscape and golf course architect provided him with a solid foundation in large scale land planning projects and traditional landscape architecture. He also apprenticed under the guidance of C.E. “Robbie” Robinson, one of Canada’s most respected golf course architects, who schooled Doug in the classic design principles of the renowned Stanley Thompson.
Many of Doug’s designs have been recognized with numerous design awards from several of golf’s most respected publications. Doug has also served the profession through the American Society of Golf Course Architects serving on various Committees and Boards including: the Environmental Committee, the Board of Governors, the Executive Committee and as President of the ASGCA in 2010.
ABOUT TOM MCBROOM
The Tom McBroom signature is synonymous with the design and construction of outstanding golf courses across North America and around the world. In the past 25 years he has created a legacy of classic courses distinguished by their detailed craftsmanship, sound strategy, solid routing and great beauty.
His work has stood the test of time and his courses are routinely ranked amongst the best in Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and China.
Twelve of his courses are ranked in Canada’s top 100 according to Score Magazine, second only to the legendary Stanley Thompson (who has 15). Tom’s two courses in Finland are both ranked in Golf Digest’s Top 100 European courses and his Royal St. Kitts is ranked among the best in the Caribbean.