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
Overall rating : Impressive
Overall value: Excellent