Date: 2006-Aug-09 Review by Alberta Bound
Greens are large and in very good shape. They are fast and most have decent slopes from front to back. A few also have goods slopes from left to right. With these slopes make sure you keep the ball below the hole. The speed and the slopes are one of the few devices the course has to protect par.
Fairways are wide and generous. There is about 7 cm of grass in the first cut. Further off course can land you in some tall Fescue and this can be difficult to get out of. The fairways have excellent grass and they keep it mowed to a short length so you can get some good rolls. The sprinkler heads are marked and 100,150 markers and 200 yd on par fives.
There are between 3 and 5 tee boxes on each hole. The signs are good. There are yardage plates on the tees so you can get a decent reading for the par threes.
The holes are different but not outstanding. There is nothing that I would say was a signature hole. When on the back nine on the hill the wind can be a factor both good and bad as 1/2 the holes the wind is with you while the other 1/2 you have to go into it.
The green fees are on the low end for Edmonton's decent courses. It is a good course for families as the fairways are forgiving and you can not get into too much trouble. For golfers that play some of the lesser courses they would find this a very nice upgrade to what they have been playing. I play this course once a week and enjoy coming back each week.
The slope from the white tees is 107 and the index is 68 so you can see that it is not a hard course. However, it is hard to score well as the greens are a challenge. It is also difficult to loose a ball as water and out of bounds can be avoided. There are a number of fairway and green bunkers that protect the course.
This course is a pleasant place but not great for scenery. A major freeway bounds it on the north, and a busy four lane road on the west. There are not very many trees but the back nine has about 6 holes on a hill that the members say is the highest point in Edmonton. From the top you can see the skyline of Edmonton. There are four small lakes where water comes into play. The course is in good shape and well maintained.
The marshals, pro shop staff, and club house staff are very nice. They also have a beverage cart that comes around quite a bit.
The clubhouse is a nice looking building and unique in that a number of community leagues use it as their meeting building so it has about 4 function rooms. The catering staff is good. The pro shop is well stocked and the restaurant has a nice inside seating area, TV and a good outside deck overlooking a small lake. The parking lot is paved and large enough for the number of golfers that the course puts through each day.
There are cart paths around the tees and they are gravel. This is good as you can drive to your ball as there are no 90 degree rule or keep to cart path instructions. Bunkers are well cared for and to me this is a good measure of how well a course is cared for. There is 1/2 way house which helps to speed up play. They use 10 minute tee times which again speeds up play as the course is not as packed as some. Each hole has ball washer and there is a good driving range where you tee off on mats. There is a small putting green.
Mill Woods probably puts through the more golfers during the season than any other course in Edmonton. This says something about the value, the shape of the course and the fact that it is user friendly.