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3037 Quail Run Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1T3S1
Partly cloudy in the morning.
Partly cloudy starting in the evening.
Partly cloudy until afternoon.
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
Partly cloudy overnight.
Date: 2010-Jun-30 Review by Alberta Bound
This was a very nice course with some very tough greens. Especially compared to the Ontario courses that I'm used to playing. These greens were much quicker and difficult to read at times. I found them to be in great shape with a lot of swales between the levels and tiers. With the fringe and the fairways cut short, I was able to use my putter from off the green on a number of occasions; but don't forget your sand wedge!
The fairways were nice and fairly wide most of the times. But don't kid yourself, you have to keep it down the fairway or else you find yourself behind a nice big tree or two. This course had very mature trees that come into play on a number of holes, but the underbrush was well kept and well trimmed. I found myself shooting from a lot of uphill and side hill lies which keeps you thinking about placement for the next shot. Stay clear of the fairway bunkers... and the water... lots of water!
All tees were in good shape and large enough to move the markers each day to avoid any divots that might have resulted from play the previous day. The yardage signs were nicely detailed with accurate yardage from all tee colours: green, white, blue and black.
You're going to love the design of this course with its unique hole to hole differences. There was a few times that I felt the other fairway a little too close for comfort, and with a poorly hit shot one could easily get hit. Even with that in mind, I did love the variety from par 3's, 4's, and 5's. You had elevations, side hill shots, water, and sand bunkers to contend with, which is exactly what I liked about this course. Then there's the view...
At $40 to $65 during the week and $45 to $75 on the weekend for a quality mountain course, this is good value for your money. Golf carts are not included, but I don't think you'll need it.
If you want an extremely challenging mountain course, then may I suggest you play from the Black tees. It's about 950 yards longer than the White tees. That's right, almost a thousand yards. Either way, this course will challenge the "average" golfer to bring his 'A' game or "pay the piper". I loved it. Shot a 91, which is 9 strokes higher than my average. Ouch.
Play smart, choose the right club, and you'll be just fine.
Did I mention Meadow Gardens was a mountain course? Of course the views are breathtaking. The course design, the trees, and the view makes for a day of enjoying the scenery.
All the staff we met were very friendly. The marshal kept an eye on the speed of play and was around often to provide a tip or two depending on the difficulty of the tee shot. The restaurant staff was very pleasant and friendly as well.
Meadow Gardens has a complete clubhouse with a banquet room, meeting rooms, locker rooms with showers, and a very good restaurant with a large patio overlooking the 1st tee box and 18th green. The meals are good. The washrooms are nice and clean. The grounds are well groomed and the parking lot is paved.
We lucked out with the weather although it was a little chilly to start. At least the rain held off until we completed the round. There was no issue with signage from one hole to the next.
The snack bar was well stocked and ready to serve when you arrive at the bend.
The pace of play was very good and we finished in just over 4 hours while walking and playing with a few guys who play in the mid 110's.
All in all, this was a great day in BC. With a great bunch of old friends, I truly enjoyed it.
This is another great course designed by renowned Architect, Les Furber.