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3037 Quail Run Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1T3S1
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Date: 2006-Sep-24 Review by Alberta Bound
The greens were Poa and were fast. Most of the greens were long and narrow so watch the angle when approaching. The greens on the Quail course were more interesting as they had more levels and a few of them had a swale between the two levels. Fringes and aprons were in very good shape, in fact I used a putter from off the greens on a number of occasions as the grass was like the greens on an average course. The green side bunkers were in excellent shape with plenty of sand and rakes. The bunkers were well groomed and presented a very pretty frame to all greens. The greens have a colour-coded flag system with red-front, white-middle, and blue-back.
The fairways were very good. The Bear course has wider fairways with generous landing spots. The Quail fairways made you think more about what club you wanted to use. On the Quail you got more difficult lies. I had a lot of uphill and side hill lies during my round. There were plenty of fairway bunkers and they were in excellent shape and well trimmed. The first cut was in good shape which ran into the natural rough below the large mature pine trees, most of the holes are located in the pine forest of the mountain. It was not difficult to spot your golf balls in the pine straw however you had to chip back on the fairway as the trees blocked most shots to the green. Fairways were marked with blue, white and red disks with a black and white stake for the 150 marker. Sprinkler heads were also marked as well as the cart paths.
There are four tees for each hole with 5 holes having a second set of black tees. These other tees have the yardage marked on the card. 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 . Each tee had an attractive sign indicating the distance from each tee. There was also an official yardage marker, bench, ball washer, sand, and shoe cleaner. The tee box areas were neat and clean. There was no picture of the hole which I would have appreciated however there were small pictures on the score cards. The tee markers are attractive metal quails or bears depending on what course you are playing. Since you can walk this course the management has provided a number of paths, short cuts, for the walkers so they can take a more direct route to the next tee. The ladies tees were the same size as the other tee boxes.
The two courses at the Okanagan Golf Club are the Quail and the Bear. The Bear was designed by the Nicklaus Group and the Quail is a Les Furber design. Both courses are similar but different. They both have about 16 holes in the pine forests and three links type holes on the flats. The Bear has great views of the valley as a number of holes hug the side of the mountain ridge to the east. The Quail keeps you surrounded by trees but does give you some views of the mountains. The Quail's doglegs have more angles then the Bear course. You can find yourself with the ball above your feet on side hills on the Quail more then on the Bear. The slopes on the Bear tend to funnel your ball back to the fairway. The Quail requires more target golf and the Bear is more resort golf. All 36 holes are different and present a nice visual when standing on the tees. Number 6 and 18 on the Quail were two of my favourite holes. With six being a par five from an elevated tee to a fairway that has a dogleg left and then a dogleg right just prior to the holes. Eighteen is another dogleg where you hit about 220 then over the lake to a green well protected with bunkers. We were lucky as we played from the black tees and were able to take advantage of this very nice finishing hole. Once on the green turn around and have a look at the lake and flowers behind you. On the Bear course I liked number three it has a large elevation change from the black tees to green protected by gully in front, bunker to the right and drop off at the back. The green is perched above the valley and is framed nicely by pine trees.
At $95 midweek for a quality mountain course, the Okanagan Golf Club represents good value. Golf carts are not included for this price but you do have range privileges.
The Bear plays about 200 yards more from the black tees. The Quail does have a number of short par 4 holes and requires more accurate ball placement. The slope from the blacks are 127 on the Quail and 122 on the Bear. The silver tees are 112 and 108 respectively. The Bear is more forgiving than the Quail as there are generous landing areas off the tees.On the Quail you will find three par threes of decent length. Three of them are 194, 201 and 189 from the black tees. Choose the tee box that best suits your game and you will have a very enjoyable time.
You will enjoy the views from both courses but especially from the Bear. When we played the Quail we had a coyote follow us for the first three or four holes. If you like pine cones these courses are where you can get a good collection. The course design, the trees and the views make for a day of enjoying the scenery. There are also a lot of quails in the rough.
All the staff that we meet were very friendly. The marshals stopped and talked to us , the beverage cart lady was very nice, as were the pro shop personal and the restaurant staff. We had an interesting experience upon finishing the 18th. The young fellow cleaned two sets of clubs then he just disappeared, so we ended up cleaning the remaining two sets. I guess it must have been quitting time.
Okanagan Golf Course has a complete clubhouse. They have a banquet room, meeting rooms, locker rooms with showers, a very good restaurant with a large patio overlooking the practice fairway. The pro shop is well stocked and the meals are good. The grounds are well groomed and the parking lot is paved.
When you consider that the Okanagan Golf Club has two very fine courses, in a wonderful setting, designed by the two of the best golf course architects, you have a great club. Between the two courses and all the amenities you have everything you might want for your golfing holiday. The score cards are very attractive and you could even frame them as the pictures are outstanding. The washrooms were very clean, with skylights and running water. The snack bars at the turn were well stocked and the beverage cart came about three times during the round. The practice fairway was very good and there was a putting green at the first tee. However you did have to get your own ball from the under the clubhouse. Each course had a starter. The cart paths were excellent and you did not have to keep the carts on the paths except at the par threes. They also have a John Jacobs school of golf for those that wish lessons. We had new electric carts with wind screens and sand for filling divots. The pace of play was very good as we finished in four hours each day even though the estimated finish time is posted at 4 hours and 25 minutes.
The Okanagan Golf Club is a must play when you are in the area. I would play both the Bear and Quail but if time only permitted one course I would choose the Quail only because I am fan of Les Furber and like his courses.