Date: 2006-Oct-02 Review by Alberta Bound
The greens were in good shape, mostly round in nature and a few had a couple of levels. The fringes were good and green side bunkers were in good shape with plenty of sand and rakes. The greens had been cored and top dressed about a week before so they were slower then normal. A couple of the members indicated that the greens are keep very fast , almost at the professional level. If this is the case, then you must keep the ball below the hole, especially on number nine and 18. This is nine hole course with 10 greens. Number 9 and 18 play to a double green with 18 being at the back and sloping to the front.
The fairways were very good, flat in most areas so not to many difficult lies. Fairway bunkers were good and added to the wonderful appearance of the course. The first cut was even and ran into the tall, mature spruce, pine, fir and poplars that line the fairways. The trees are large and planted close together so if you are off the fairway you will have to chip back on. The rough is cleared expect where there is out of bounds on holes number 2 and 11.
The course has three sets of larger tees. They are blue, white, and red and sit on well cared for tee boxes. The tee boxes have benches, ball washers, shoe cleaners, yardage markers and most had attractive flowers or landscaping. Since this course is 9 holes you play from the blue markers the first time and then the whites. For reds there are two sets of red tees. On at least two holes there are two separate tee boxes. Hole number three and eight come to mind. Changing tees for the second nine makes it a lot more interesting to play. On a few of the tees you have a view into the Fraser Valley and the snow capped Mt. Baker in the distance
The course is very well designed. As we drove up the hill we thought we were passing a private course as it looked so attractive from the road. The first hole is a par 5 with a large tree that comes into play off the tee box. Once past this tree you have another large tree protecting the green. Number two is a very attractive par 5. Standing on the tee box at two you are faced with a solid wall of trees along the left hand of this par 5 dogleg right. There is out of bounds on the right so precision off the tee is required. Hole three is probably their signature hole. It is a par 3 with a deep gorge to cross. There is some congestion around the sixth tee and number eight green. Seven is an attractive short par 4 up a hill to a well protected green. There are also some fairway bunkers waiting shots that are short and off the fairway. This course is well treed. The fellows we were golfing with indicated that is course drains very well so during the winter season this course dries out better than any other on the lower mainland. For this reason it could be very busy during the winter. This would be something to keep in mind if you are seeking some winter golf on the coast
The fees are $35 mid week for 18 and $40 on the weekends. Power carts are $30 with wind screens.
This course is a par 71 when playing 18 holes. The distance is relatively short at 6037 yards with a slope of 119from the blues and 108 from the reds. However it can play much harder. What makes this course hard are the monster par threes and a long par four. Number 12 is 165 yards of total carry over a deep gorge to a well bunkered green. Number five and 14 are par threes that play to 235 and 210 yards. Number 8, par 3, is 220 yards long. Not long enough for you then try number nine, a par four to an up hill green protected by bunkers. This hole is 457 yards with trees on the left and out of bounds on the right. You need precision off the tees and some good course management.
The course is located on a hill outside of town. From the course you get some views of the river and the mountains to the south. However what makes this course scenic are the extremely large mature trees that border each fairway. These trees are highlighted by the green, well manicured fairways and the flowers that have been planted around the clubhouse and tee boxes. You will enjoy the beauty of this course.
All the staff were very friendly, especially the people in the pro shop were very helpful. We also talked to one of the grounds crew who took pride in her golf course. She also gave my wife a ball when see saw her looking for one. We did not see a beverage cart or any marshals.
The clubhouse is a functional one with an A frame type of design. They have a nice patio where you can sit and watch golfers coming up number 9. They have a decent menu and an attractive eating area as well as a pro shop that is well stocked. The parking lot is paved and they have a banana tree growing on the patio. There appeared to have an upper deck but I was told it was under repair and I could not get a look at it.
Since this is a nine hole course they only needed the one washroom as it served a number of tee boxes each time around. They had a small practice area for chipping and a decent putting green at the first tee. I noticed one drinking fountain new the washroom. Cart paths paved and placed where they were needed. You could drive on the fairways.
I have only played about nine, nine hole courses, so have limited experience with them. However, I believe that this might be a high number for most golfers. Out of the nine that I have played I think this is the best one. I like it when nine hole courses have two sets of tee boxes so the last nine is different than the first time around. If you have only 2 hours available for a round of golf why not consider the nine hole course in your area. As the population gets older there will be a greater demand for quality nine hole courses. This course is a recommend play as it is well groomed and has an interesting layout.We enjoyed our time at Mission Golf and Country Club.