Tuesday, January 20, 2009

2009 Canadian Course Reviews - Part 2

Part of being a golf junkie is getting out and trying to play as many courses as you possibly can. With hundreds to choose from it's sometimes difficult to know where to spend your money. So I'm making a point to give insight and information on as many courses as I can across the country in the hopes that I can help some of you make the decisione just a little bit easier.

Reviews I post will be of golf course I have played. There are a handful I haven't made it to yet, so I don't think posting a review for those courses would be of benefit to anyone. Needless to say, I've played hundreds and you'll hear about them all over the course of 2009!

Westmount Golf and Country Club - Stanley Thompson is a genius. There aren't too many of his designs I don't enjoy and Westmount is by far one of my very favorites. Located in the Kitchener, ONT region Westmount is consistently in the Top 20 of Canada's best golf facilities. It plays longer from the Back tees than the 6943 yards indicates and is always one the best conditioned golf courses in the Country. If you love Parkland style golf, which I do, you'll simply love this track. If you get the chance to play Westmount, don't pass it up. It's simply awesome.

Kananaskis Country Golf Course, Mount Kidd Course - Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Kananaskis is simply stunning. It's roughly an hour drive from Calgary or Banff situated in the Kananaskis Valley. The Mount Kidd course is my favorite and incidently the highest ranked in the Canadian Top 100, placing 27th on the Score Golf's list in 2008. If you've never played golf in the mountains, you're in for a treat. The rockies provide one of the more spectacular backdrops you could ever imagine while playing a round of golf. It's kept in fabulous shape for the amount of golf played there and boasts bent grass greens and over 140 bunkers. At $90.00 a round ($70.00 for Alberta residents) you're getting more than you pay for. If you're planning a golf trip out West, you need to make sure you make a stop at Kananaskis.

The Country Club - West Course (Formerly the Toronto Board of Trade CC) - Truly a hidden gem amongst GTA golf courses. It's true Parkland style golf at it's finest. The West Course at the Country club plays only around 6700 yds from the tips, but trust me, plays a heck of a lot longer. The Front nine winds it's way around the Humber River and boasts one of the toughest par 4's in Ontario. The 8th hole a 451 yard par 4, plays tougher than almost any hole I've ever played. You have trouble right off the tee, and OB left. If you're lucky enough to actually find the fairway off the tee, it always seems like you have a long iron, maybe even a hybrid into a green with water left and a creek right. I'd hate to see the membership's scoring average on this hole. With severely sloped greens and fabulous elevation change this course flies under the radar to say the least. Scoring is extremely difficult and if you can walk away with par's, you're best to do so. Advice - Keep the ball below the hole all round unless you want a whack of three putts on your card.

The Winter roles along leaving real golf months away. Hopefully you can gain some insight into a few courses you've yet to play and make note of to get out and try this season.

More to come in the weeks to follow...

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