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Name: Birdie Man
From: Brampton, Ontario Canada

Handicap: 15
Date: August 2002


National Pines G.C.

Ontario Canada

18 Holes available
CDN $97 includes cart


Greens: Perfect
Fairways: Excellent
Tees: Good
Sand Traps: Perfect
Scenery: Impressive
Layout: Impressive
Comments: Greens were fast with lots of breaks. Still very fair with a nice mix of large and small greens.

Club and Facilities

Pro Shop : Average
Pro Shop Service : Excellent
Practice facility : Excellent
Food and beverage: Excellent
F&B service: Excellent
Food value: Good
Bev Cart : Yes
Bev Cart Rating: Good
Comments: Extremely friendly & helpful staff in all locations from the parking lot to the Marshall!


General Comments:

While a bit of a drive from Toronto this course is definitely worth it! This course is a joy to play from the second you arrive to the sad moment that you leave. I envy anyone who lives close enough to call this course home or even those people who get to play it on a regular basis.

The bag drop area is convenient and quick. Should you not want to drop your bag (or forget) the club has staff who drive around the parking lot in golf carts to ensure that nobody has to carry their clubs to the first tee or practice area if they don't want to.

The proshop staff was exceptionally polite and very helpful. The proshop itself was not particularly impressive - very normal in fact. Prices were typical of proshops in the GTA and the selection was somewhat limited although all the clothing was very nice.

The food was excellent! I had a hot sausage for lunch with a fries and soup. It was all exceptional. I was particularly impressed that the sausage actually had some kick to it unlike most places where a 'hot sausage' is the same as the sweet sausage. Although not cheap I consider the food good value given its excellent quality compared to the food at other golf course's.

The practice area was exceptional with a very large putting green and sand trap available for practice as well. Chipping was permitted everywhere - as any golf course should allow. The driving range was all real grass - no mats. And further it was all in great condition with many targets (yardage included) to practice with.

The course itself provided a challenging yet very fair game. The layout is very well planned as we were led through a great variety of holes and minor elevation changes. Overall an excellent mix of par fives with challenging par fours and beautiful par threes. The greens provided some significant challenge as there were many breaks that needed to be carefully read - don't rush yourself on the greens here! Some greens were very large leaving you easily 50 feet from the pin while others were smaller but more difficult to stick.

Playing the course for the first time we made excellent use of the free pocket caddies provided to us by the starter on the first tee.

The course was in excellent condition especially given the extremely dry summer we've had. What was so impressive about this course was that it was very fair but remained challenging at the same time. Most, if not all, fairways are lined with large mature pine trees that will gobble up any errant drives or even approach shots. The tee times must be 10 minutes apart as we were never rushed and waited on only three occasions for the group ahead of us.

A nice little treat was the phone on the 8th tee allowing us to order food from the halfway house so that it was cooked and hot when we got there.

This course is one of the best in the area and relatively undiscovered. Probably because it is a bit of a drive from the city. Take my advice - make the trip! The extra 10 minutes in the car are very well worth the benefit you get in playing this exceptional course.

Best Hole: #1 & #3
Why: #1 is a great starting hole (par 4) with a wide fairway doglegging left. A good drive is necessary to have a decent chance of landing close to the pin on this very large green. Mounds and some small pine trees around the green will punish any approach shots either long, right or left. Short is a good miss as it leaves a relatively easy chip from which you might be able to save par.

If playing from the Blue, Gold or Black tees the best hole has to be the 3rd (par 4). You need a good drive to clear the scrub at which point you are left with a difficult middle iron to a narrow, angled green with a ridge running diagonally through the middle. The small green is well protected by a bunker on the front right side and the hill around the green provides a difficult third shot if you missed your approach. Par is an excellent score here!

Overall rating : Excellent

Overall value: Excellent value

Lowville G.C. Nobleton Lakes G.C.


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