Date: 2006-Aug-21 Review by Alberta Bound
The greens were good. They needed cutting so were a little slow. There are on the small side of average. Fringe was in good condition on all greens. They have an island green for number 9.
The fairways were in good shape but lacking some water. The temperatures have been high and the course was starting to dry out. They were wide with a number of them having very little trees so you could swing away. Trees surround a number of greens such as 2, 5 and 7. Number one was interesting with water on the left, dog leg left at 490 yards. A lot of the trees were willows and poplars.
Tees were well marked and in OK shape. There were some benches and two ball washers on the course that I saw. The tee box on 6 points you straight down the fairway. The green is hidden because of a hill in front of the tee box. I walked ahead and saw that the green was to the left behind a tree. If I would have hit as tee box pointed I would have missed green to the right.
This is a layout with few trees except as you get along the north side of the course. Holes 2, 3, 4, and 5 are in the open and four holes run north and south so a little boring. Numbers 1, 7 and 9 are interesting holes. And their island green on 9 is a good attempt to add interest.
It seems all country courses of this type offer value for a round of golf. There is nothing that would make you travel to play here but if in the area and looking for something to do then go ahead and have a hit. Green fees are not high and they are represented in most 2 for 1 books.
The course does not offer a rating or slope. You can get in trouble on 1, 7 and 9 in the bush. On 7 I lost a ball as I drove it through the fairway on the dogleg into dense forest.
There are some nice views of the country side but nothing outstanding. There is a working oil field pump near number 8. The island green requires some type of pump to keep the water looking good. It was very weedy and starting to get covered in slime.
Not much contact with the staff other then at check in. She was very nice. There was no beverage cart and no one working on the course that I saw.
Clubhouse is a log cabin with a small nice shaded patio for enjoying a cool beverage. Parking lot was gravel and there was not much in the way of flowers. The area was not an inviting place as you turned off the highway.
There were no cart paths to speak of, only a bit around the greens. It was easy to find your way around the course. The weather and day was as good as it gets. Score card was good with correct yardage.
There is a driving range, club house, proshop with a few items and a small motel. They also have a campground that seemed to have a number of guests. It is only a 1km to the town of Breton. This day we played nine here and then went to the Breton and played nine. It was more enjoyable then playing 18 at either of the courses. Nine hole courses could improve their layout if they would build a second set of tee boxes. This would give the golfers a different look at the holes when playing 18. Courses that have this can change the holes quite a bit for the second nine thus making 18 much more interesting.