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Reviewer

Name: Birdie Man
From: Brampton, Ontario Canada

Handicap: 14
Date: July 2002

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St. Andrews Valley

Aurora,
Ontario Canada
(905) 727-7888

Public course
18 Holes available
CDN $84 excluding cart
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Course

Greens: Impressive
Fairways: Impressive
Tees: Impressive
Sand Traps: Good
Scenery: Good
Layout: Impressive
Comment: The ninth hole reduced the layout score from excellent to impressive. It's a ridiculous hole on an otherwise excellent course.
 

Club and Facilities

Pro Shop : Good
Pro Shop Service : Impressive
Practice facility : Excellent
Food and beverage: Excellent
F&B service: Good
Food value: Impressive
Bev Cart : Yes
Bev Cart Rating: Excellent
Comment: The food was really excellent and although our server seemed to be a little flustered she was very pleasant and helpful.
 
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General Comments:

This is a really excellent public facility. The course is in excellent shape, well watered and cut. The staff (pro-shop/food and beverage/backshop) treated us extremely well - we felt like we were at a private club.

This is a difficult course. The rating from the whites is 133. The course also provides Blue, Gold and Green tees for the men with a set of Red's for shorter hitters (ladies). The holes are definitely different if played from another set of tees. I played the Whites but should have been playing the Blues. Note that the rating from the Green tees is and exceptional 143 and is boasted to be Canada's highest rated public golf course.

The pro shop is small and not particularly well stocked but very nice and the staff were excellent! Practice area was exceptional with a very large driving area to get loosened up and a putting green that encircles a large flower bed. Many different holes are provided to allow for practice of any kind of putt. We were pleased that the putting green proved to be fairly indicative of the greens on the course. Two large chipping greens are also provided to sharpen your short game prior to the round.

As we were playing the course for the first time, the signage and notes on the tees were well appreciated. Often a plaque was provided indicating the distance to the water or another target. This is something that is lacking at most courses (public and private).

Overall the course plays a little short from the Whites but playing from the Blues would alleviate this issue. The par fives are generally reachable however the ninth hole (par 5) is a ridiculous hole. The layout here was not adequately thought through. A mid iron of f the tee left me through the fairway (dogleg right) with an extremely small landing area that is reachable with another mid to short iron. A shot at the green is next to impossible due to a large tree guarding the entrance from 100 yards out. I thought this hole was extremely unfair and although uncharacteristic of the rest of the course a poor layout. I expect it was laid out as such in order to ensure the course stayed a par 72.

Be sure to play early so that you can take advantage of the courses generous replay offer ($29 including cart for 18 holes) - standby only.

Best Hole: #8
Why: Difficult hole (par 4) where club selection is paramount. From the tee the fairway rises steadily and then turns ninety degrees and descends to a well bunkered large green. The hole plays much shorter than indicated and the approach shot is difficult even with the best placed tee shot. The highest handicap hole can easily become an arch-rival.

Overall rating : Impressive

Overall value: Excellent value

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