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3037 Quail Run Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1T3S1
Rain and breezy in the morning.
Partly cloudy until evening.
Light rain overnight.
Foggy in the morning.
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
Date: 2011-Jun-28 Review by Dan P
I assume a number of the greens had been made larger in the past few years as my GPS was out of sync for distances. Most greens are crested so you can see a ball easily roll onto the fringe.
I found the greens were very tough to read as I had my first 4 putt of the year.
Once you got into the wooded area of the course a number of the holes felt quite narrow off the tee. Yardage markers were stakes in the middle of the fairway at standard distances. Fairways were in good condition.
Tee decks showed normal wear on the par 3s. Remaining tees were of standard size and condition. There are a number of short par 4s that can be reachable by a chance taker.
Upon arrival at the course you're given the impression that Berwick Heights will be wide open as holes #1, 9, 10, and 18 are visible from the clubhouse. Three of the these holes are par 5s.
The bunkers were not a pleasure to get out of as the sand was a bit firm.
The were a number of marshy areas throughout the course that had elevated growth. What appear to be ponds on the scorecard are often these areas.
Berwick Heights is moderately priced and is equivalent in value and quality with other courses of this genre.
Berwick Heights had me frustrated on the back nine and I had a number of blow up holes that I'd like to try again.
Long rough is long and short rough is short. On the holes near the clubhouse I would have thought I'd score well but this was not the case.
The par 3 3rd hole plays long at 202 from the tips and 170 from the red. The is a very difficult hole to judge distance and is justly identified as the #1 handicap hole on the course.
A number of golfers can reach the par 4 #8 hole but the approach is blind. Danger can lurk for any foursome playing in front of you if caution isn't taken.
The course is clean and the underbrush can be dense. A number of off line shots were not even worth the effort of a quick look.
A great staff both in the clubhouse and on course. The beverage girl was pleasant and an easy conversation could be struck up with any employee encountered.
The clubhouse was exceptional for the location of the course. I wasn't expected anything of this size or quality. The pro shop was a good size and well-stocked. I picked up a rain suit at a very reasonable price.
Berwick Heights could use a good finishing hole as the 18th caters to the long hitter. I like to see a risk and reward hole to complete a round.
I only noticed a washroom after hole #4 which also handles traffic after #13.
Berwick Heights was a pleasant surprise. During our drive to the golf course we were caught up with the type of land use around the club and when the clubhouse appeared our faces lit up.
Don't forget to lower and raise the target sign on hole #10 to identify when you're on the green. It's a recommended safety measure.