Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Bigwin Island Golf Club Hole #18

Bigwin Island Golf Club Par 5 18th hole

Nice way to finish your round at Bigwin Island. The 18th hole gives you a good chance to finish with a birdie. If you can keep your drive down the right side of the fairway to shorten your approach into this par 5. Water is in play all the way down the right side as well as in your mind as you play this hole.

We also had spectators to the left of the tee! There are a lot of deer on this course, either that or these 2 kept following us?

The view from the tee is almost as good as the 6th hole, almost!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Bigwin Island Golf Club - Muskoka Golf

I had the pleasure of playing Bigwin Island Golf Club this spring with my father and this is the most scenic golf course I have played in Ontario.

The 6th Hole "The Lookout" at Bigwin is the one that most players talk about after playing there for its spectacular view and the hang time on your tee shot!

Not a tough hole but a lot of fun to play!

What they have to say:

Without a doubt the most spectacular view on the course is from the back tee on the 6th hole. To the east lies the breathtaking view over the treetops of the 6th fairway to a cluster of islands rising out of the lake. To the west through the trees, lies a glimpse of the clubhouse with its elegant reflection shimmering in the quiet waters of the protected bay. The tee shot provides a lot of "hang time" on this 462 yard par four, as the ball plummets to the fairway over 100 feet below...


Thursday, May 29, 2008

The New Dragon's Fire Golf Club, Carlisle, Ontario

Dragon's Fire Golf Club, Hole #15 Par 4 292 yards.

You either love 'em or hate 'em, the driveable Par 4!

I love them, at least the ones I can still get to. The new Dragon's Fire Golf Club was designed by Boris Danoff who also designed John Daly's Thundering Waters Golf Club in Niagara Falls, Ontario is set to open June 9th. I had a chance to preview this course prior to the opening and it is very good.

The Par 4, 15th hole was one of my favourites maybe because I drove it pin high on the left fringe! But I love trying to drive a par 4 and at 292 from the blue tees this downhill tee shot is inviting (at least to me) even though it is well guarded by bunkers.

If you are in the area give this new course a try, conditions are not perfect yet but it will be a must play very soon with 18 hole fees from $55 and a replay rate of only $35!
Tee Times: 1-877-818-0808


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Bigwin Island #6

Bigwin Island Golf Club #6
For years I have heard of what a good time the whole experience is at Bigwin Island but have never made it up there to play it. Well I am finally going to play it this spring which I am very excited about but the best part is that I am going up to play with my father. He is the person that introduced me to this great game at the age of 8 and as he would say "taught me everything I know!" As life gets in the way we do not get a chance to play together very often anymore so this will be the round of the year for me.

So as the golf season starts in Ontario I thought why not feature a hole from Bigwin Island Golf Club.

The Par 4, 6th hole is the best view on the course and most will say one of the best golf views in Ontario, with a long hangtime on the tee shot. Looks like fun to me!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Olympic View Golf Club, Victoria, BC

I have a friend that worked at Olympic View Golf Club as a kid and said it was a great place to be. Now I see part of the reason the 17th hole is the signature hole at Olympic View and looks Great!

Hole 17 at Olympic View Golf Club
This hole is the most photographed hole on the course because of its Japanese garden and majestic 60-foot waterfall directly behind the green. A tee shot down the middle will put you in ideal position to go for the pin on your second shot. If you are going to miss, miss your shot to the right because a water hazard guards the left.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Dragon's Fire Golf Club, Carlisle, Ontario

Dragon's Fire Golf Club

Former co-owner of Royal Ontario Golf Club, Bryan DeCunha, has built a new course just outside of Burlington, Ontario Dragon's Fires Golf Club, set to open this May 2008. The course was designed by architect Bo Danoff, who also did the Niagara course Thundering Waters. I have some early pics from the course and in speaking with someone close to the project this is going to a championship golf course that will be very playable and affordable with 18 hole fees ranging from $55-$74.
Looks good so far, hopefully there are enough golfers to support it!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Lots of Great Golf for Charity!

This is obviously not one specific golf hole but several great holes in the GTA that are being auctioned off to pay for a operation for a young boy from the area. 4 year old Carter was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome and requires reconstructive surgery in the United States that costs $150,000!

The auction is being held online on February 8th for more details click HERE.
Some of the courses include; Copper Creek Golf Club, Wooden Sticks Golf Club, Mill Run Golf Club, Cherry Downs Golf Club and more.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Tobiano Golf, Kamloops BC

Now this is a great piece land for a golf course. Seems that Tobiano Golf is getting a lot of buzz out west and after looking at some of the picks you can see why.

What they have to say about the course;

"Tobiano Golf offers a unique ranch style golf experience. Our 18 hole course includes vistas of the rugged Columbia and Cascade Mountains framed by an expansive view of Kamloops Lake.
Unlike most golf communities where the course is planned around the homes, Tobiano sits softly on the land, following the natural ebb and flow of the terrain, with all other development strategically positioned around the fairways. The result is a course that runs sequentially and without interruption, creating an exceptional golf experience.
With a stunning view of Kamloops Lake from every hole, the front nine features desert dunes and lush green fairways while the back nine offers open rangeland, ravines, and bluffs. White silica sand bunkers – a recent McBroom design innovation – and scenic gullies define and bisect many of the holes."

Hole #14 Par 4 450 Yards

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Eagles Nest #3 Par 4 450 yards

Eagles Nest Golf Club Hole #3
The only bad thing about this hole is the road in the background but it is not busy or noisy so who cares! Probably my favourite public course in Ontario and proves like Braeben in Mississauga that good things can be built out of garbage, or at least beside it.

The 3rd hole at Eagles Nest looks good and is a lot of fun to play. Even from the right side fairway bunker which is where I was last time I played there and still made 3! Luck.

What they have to say;
Keep right of the large Oak but favour the left side of the fairway with your drive on this picturesque par 4. A good tee shot will give you a medium to short iron to this tricky green. Be careful as you drive down the hill to the fairway.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Deerhurst Highlands Golf Course Hole #1

One of my favourite Muskoka golf courses and definately one of the best 1st holes around.
Well best view anyway, it is about a 5 iron off the tee to try to get a level lie for your second but look at the view. The second hole gets a lot tougher!

Deerhurst Highlands
Hole #1 Par4

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club Hole #6

What a view, this 500 yard Par 5 at Gallagher's Canyon
makes it easy to get distracted!
Hole #6
Black 524
Blue 501
White 501
Red 421

What they have to say;
Favour the right centre of the fairway of this deceptively reachable par 5. Make a decision to either clear the natural hazard or lay up. Short approach shots should land softly on the firm plateau of the green.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

John Daly's Thundering Waters

Thundering Waters Golf Club, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

My Pic! Course Conditions were not great!

Hole #11 Par 4 304 yards.

Their Pic!

This is a great risk reward par 4 hole, that plays from 228 to 328 yards. You can go directly at it over the water which shortens the distance but brings trouble into to play as it is a carry all the way over water.

Overall some good holes but a visually deceptive course layout.

Monday, October 1, 2007

President's Cup at Royal Montreal Golf Club

So the 2007 President's Cup is now over and done, in fact it was done Saturday! Mike Weir and Tiger Woods put on a great show for us on Sunday, if only Mike Weir's win had meant something more than Canadian golfing pride.
I had the opportunity to be at the President's Cup at Royal Montreal Golf Club on Saturday and with the matches being so one sided it allowed me the opportunity to walk around (avoid the massive crowds) and appreciate this historic golf club. I remember the first time a attended the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club, I immediately couldn't wait to play it. Well this is true of the Royal Montreal Golf Club but just to a larger extent.

When you get to see the best golfers in the world play a course, which isn't the case with the Canadian Open you want to test your game against Weir and Tiger's!
This golf course is a true gem and now the rest of the world knows all about it!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Kingswood Park Signature Course #9 New Brunswick Golf

Kingswood Golf, Fredericton,New Brunswick
Size doesn't always matter. This is a great looking short par 4. I like the collection areas around the green, those are shots we don't always practice in Canada.
Hole #9 Par 4

Claws 377 yards
Gold 371 yards
Blue 352 yards
White 317 yards
Red 276 yards
Yellow 276 yards

What they have to say;
A forced carry over the enviromentally sensitive area is required to take advantage of this shorter par four. This hole has bunkers up both sides of the fairway to a large green backdropped by the elaborate Kingswood lodge/clubhouse. A low score on the 9th sets you up well for the splendid back nine.

Dundee Golf Club, Cape Breton Golf

Dundee Golf Club Hole #8, Cape Breton Nova Scotia

There are some great views on a few of the holes at Dundee GC.

Hole #8 Par 5
What they have to say;
This dogleg right par 5 requires accuracy from the elevated tee. Try to drive your tee shot down the left center of the fairway staying away from the pond on the left and the hazard down the right side. This will leave you a clear second shot to go for the green or you may choose to lay up to the large landing area leaving a short pitch. A bunker protects this shallow green on the left and a steep bank long.

Nova Scotia Golf Hole

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Nicklaus North Golf Club #12

Nicklaus North Golf Club
My mountain theme continues!
#12 at Nicklaus North. What they have to say;

Considered one of the most memorable holes; this island green par 3 has been rated one of the toughest in the province. A steep crown has caused many shots to roll back into the water.
How the Pro's Play the Hole Into the wind, this long carry over water will require all of a 4 or 5-iron, or a 7 with the wind.

BC Golf Hole

The Dunes at Kamloops Hole #18

The Dunes at Kamloops, BC Golf
There is something about mountains and golf that I just love even on a course called The Dunes.

The 18th Hole What they have to say;

Eighteen lives up to it's lofty position as the golf course's finishing hole. A good drive to the high plateaued fairway gives you a direct look at this intimidating green complex. The powerful, deep bunkering, front and right, will capture all miss-hit or off-line approaches. For those fortunate enough to hit the green, a treacherous, large three-tiered green awaits. Eighteen beckons you to hit a fearless approach - the reward is worth the risk - go for it.

BC Golf Hole

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Cobble Beach Golf Links Hole #17

Cobble Beach Golf Links-Owen Sound Golf

It is rare in today's golf world to not hear at least a few negative remarks regarding a golf course, but that has been the case for me with the new Cobble Beach Golf Links in Owen Sound, Ontario. Built along the shores of Georgian Bay this links style golf course has opened to rave reviews and you can see why. I was told by a friend that recently played it that it was the "best $100 he has spent", which is the August rate before 9 am.
I could have pick any of the 18 holes to show you but chose #17 "The Lighthouse" because it reminds me a bit of another famous lighthouse hole!
HOLE 17, LIGHTHOUSE107 to 156 yards, par 3

What they have to say;
This breathtaking par 3 plays downhill to a large green that appears to fall off into Georgian Bay itself. Deep bunkers protect the front, and water circles around the right side of this wide green that features several different levels.

Ontario Golf Hole

Hole 13 at The Bear Course at Okanagan Golf Club

Hole #13 The Bear Course
Par 5 - 531 yards
What they have to say;

"Holes 13,14 and 15 are truly dazzling"
Tee it high and let if fly on this beautiful par 5. Avoid the water on your second shot and you will be left with a short approach to a two-tiered green

BC Golf Hole

Kananaskis Country Golf Course- Best Par 5

Par 5 - 523yards Golfers Choice Award for Best Par 5 in the West Score Golf 2005.

What they have to say;

The perfect drive will put you to the right of the fairway bunkers. Long hitters be careful as you could hit it through the fairway here. A relatively small green, four green-side traps, a river on the right, and trees immediately left, make any approach shot nerve-wracking.

Alberta Golf Hole