Wednesday, January 14, 2009

2009 Canadian Course Reviews - Part 1

As a C.P.G.A. Golf Professional I'm lucky enough to have the opportunity to play many of the amazing courses the country has to offer. Many of them are pretigious courses that all of you have heard of. However, some aren't. Either way, there are hundreds of golf courses that given the chance everyone should try and get out to if they have the chance.

I'll be posting reviews througout the season to try and give as much feedback as I possibly can to better inform people about some of the better properties out there. Here are the first few you should consider in 2009:

Coppinwood - Located in Uxbridge ONT, this Tom Fazio design quickly became one of my favorite courses in Ontario. Right when you drive onto the property you become aware that Coppinwood isn't just your average run of the mill Golf Club. The Clubhouse resembles a castle inside and out. The practice facility is second to none with a large near perfect range, short game area and even includes three practice holes. Golfers of any skill level will enjoy this course as it included five sets of tees with the yardage ranging from 5126 yards to an incredible 7536 from the Championship tees. The course is always in immacluate condition and never very busy as it's a pretty exclusive place. Getting onto Coppinwood may prove difficult because of it's exclusivity, however those keen enough will likely find a way to get on. You won't be disappointed you did.

Devil's Pulpit - Consistently in the Top ten courses in Canada, Devil's Pulpit was created from the minds who brought us the famous board game, Trivial Pursuit, Scott Abbott and Chris Haney. The Pulpit was named Canada's best new course in 1991 and had gained an immense amount of noteriety every year since. Right when you step onto the first tee, a 478 yard par 4 from an elevated tee to a double fairway, you know you're in for something special. It's modern design and immaginative features will surely blow you away. Even their, "Pulpit's Horn Bar" will surprise you with it's amazing view. Not to mention it has the longest bar of any Golf Club in Canada. Yes, the Pulpit is private as well, but again if you really want to get out there, you'll find a way.

Eagles Nest Golf Club - This Doug Carrick design just north of Toronto is a unique and challenging experience to say the least. Sod walled bunkers and a whole lot of fescue grass will make even the best golfers scratch their heads from time to time. Built on top of an old land fill, Eagles nest is one of the better links-style courses in the GTA. It's huge elevation changes and length make it one of the tougher courses I've played, but fun nonetheless. Although a bit pricey every golfer should try and get out there just once for the experience. Make sure you get one of their ridiculous hot dogs at the turn. Those things alone are worth the price of admission.

I know we've still got a few months to go here until we tee it up, but that doesn't mean we can't start to plan all the ridiculous places we're going to waste our money this season.

Look for more kick ass reviews in the weeks to come.

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