Date: 2006-Sep-18 Review by Alberta Bound
The greens were in very good shape. Since it is near the end of the season the management was letting them grow a little longer than during the summer. This gives the greens a little more protection now that the nights are getting cooler. The greens were playing at medium speed. The fringe was very good and consistent around all greens. The green side bunkers had plenty of sand and rakes and were in good condition. The greens ranged from average to large and some had a number of different levels.
Excellent grass on the fairways. I did not see any bare patches and all my lies were good. The rough was cut to an even length and was very consistent. The trees are starting to mature on the Traditional and Hickory courses and this helps define the fairways. Water comes into play on about half the holes. The sprinkler heads are marked as well as the 100 and 150-yard distance. The 150 markers have large attractive rocks and the 100 markers have small pine trees on the edge of the fairway. The 150 markers have a large stripped post that is easy to see in the centre of the fairway. The fairway bunkers have plenty of rakes and decent sand. The fairways are wide enough with good landing areas. Watch for some hidden water hazards on a few of the holes.
There are at least three tee boxes for each hole and in some cases more. Golfers should have no problem selecting the proper tee for their handicaps. The course has added a number of new red tees over the summer. The tee boxes are complete with benches, ball washers, and attractive signs for the hole and in a number of cases explanations of the names of each hole.
The course has 27 holes with one set of 9 built 1994, the second set 1996 and the Champions Nine finished in 2004. All nines are a little different. The Old Hickory has some holes up top then you experience an elevation change of maybe 100 ft as tee off on number three. You then return to the top for the last 3 holes. The Traditions Nine starts with your drive from the top to the fairway below and the remaining holes are played down below. Water comes into play on a number of holes with hole five of Hickory being almost all carry. The ninth hole on Traditions is a great hole. There is a lake on the left, out of bounds on the right, a narrow fairway from the blues and your second shot still has some water to carry. The Champions Nine is the newest nine and has an outstanding layout. Once again water comes into play on a number of holes and club selection and course management is very important. Make sure you play the Champions Nine. You can walk this course but it does have two larger climbs as you come back to the clubhouse for seven on Old Hickory and nine on Traditional.
The value is good. The course is one of the better courses in this end of the city and can be reached within ˝ an hour for most parts Edmonton. With the 27 holes and the variety of holes, golfers will enjoy their day at the Legends.
Choose the right tees. The blues are very different from the whites. Two of the fellows I played with had always played from the whites and could not believe the difference from the blues. On number four of Old Hickory the whites are 100 yards in front of the blues. The slope from the whites is around 120 with the blues being around 130.
The club is located on the North Saskatchewan River. The clubhouse and some holes are located on a rise with excellent views of the holes that are down below and of the surrounding area. On the Champions Nine you are on the banks of the river for at least three holes. The flowers, building, cart paths, lakes and fountains add to the scenic value of the course.
All the staff we met were very friendly and informative. The marshals had a wave and a hello for us. The pro shop staff checked us in quickly and the restaurant and beverage cart staff were the same
The clubhouse is large with a number of outdoor decks and patios. They have a banquet room that can seat 180. They have probably the largest number of power carts in greater Edmonton. I was told 155. They had a small restaurant with a traditional course menu. The pro shop had a decent supply of stock and the washrooms were clean. The flowers and landscaping was very well done. The parking lot was paved and was large enough to accommodate all the golfers. There was a good size practice green by the first tee. They had a driving range just before you entered the course. This is not included with your green fees.
The management has taken a lot time and effort to make their course a little different. They have the Legends’ wall of fame in the clubhouse that honors some of Alberta’s great golfers. They also have decorations made up of old pictures and old hickory shafted clubs. The scorecard reflects the traditions and history of golf in the names for each hole. On the course there were signs explaining the terms and the history of golf. In one place they have an old power cart with two old golf bags filled with old golf clubs as decoration as you drive by. There were plenty of washrooms around the course and they were clean and presentable. There were plenty of shelters, with most of them at the tees. There have made good use of flowers and landscaping around the clubhouse and the course. They have a great fountain at the first hole on the Champions Nine that produces a small river that runs to a 17-acre lake. They used attractive white fencing, retaining walls, and landscaping to make the course look very good. Since the Champions Nine is down below and a little ways from the clubhouse they run a shuttle service back and forth for golfers that choose to walk. There is another parking area below with a snack bar and pull carts. The cart paths are good to excellent, paved, and you do not have to keep to the paths. The paths do not go all the way around the course but are just about right for this layout. The pace of play was very good for 18 holes but we slowed down a bit on one of the nines. Twenty-seven holes in under 6 hours was very good. You were also permitted to drive the carts to your car to load and unload your clubs.
We enjoyed our day even though it was very cold with a wind. The pace of play was good and the variety of golf holes was excellent. This is a course that I would recommend and is a must play if you are in the Edmonton area. I am looking forward to returning for another round.