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3037 Quail Run Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1T3S1
Foggy until evening.
Foggy starting in the evening.
Light rain overnight.
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
Overcast throughout the day and windy starting in the afternoon.
Date: 2011-Jun-29 Review by Dan P
Greens appeared to be a bit smaller than average but the fairway width makes up for this on the front nine. Some tough pin placements can make this course very tough.
Fairways were a bit wider on the older front nine but things tightened slightly on the back due to more trees being present.
Yardages were identified by stakes in the middle of the fairway at the standard distances. Tees showed the normal wear and tear with par 3s showing the most wear.
The par 3 4th has a beautiful elevated tee shot to the green.
Surprisingly, Clare only offered two sets of tee blocks. The White (back) tees at 6146 yards and the Red (front) at 5449.
I would never have known that the front nine and back nine were built almost 20 years apart as they seem so much alike. The new nine is located on the opposite side of the road from the clubhouse.
The course offers some elevation change year isn't a difficult course to walk.
I don't remember very many bunkers coming in to play.
A creek meanders through the course and can be encountered on a number of holes.
A pond on hole #11 probably gobbles a truck load of balls annually.
For green fee players, Clare is fairly priced but to join as a member it is a bargain. Locally (Ottawa, ON), I can't find a club that offers a membership at the dues Clare charges for a couple.
The par 4 5th is probably the toughest par 4 in the province of Nova Scotia. This monster at 430 yards is almost all uphill and is even tougher playing into the wind. I consider myself to be a fairly long hitter and I was still an iron away after hitting two woods.
The Clare course is not overly long but a number of holes can be extremely challenging.
Beside the tee shot on the 4th hole I can't recall any other scenery that makes Clare stand out. The course is well maintained.
A number of chipmunks will gladly snatch lose food from your cart at the beginning of the back nine.
I enjoyed our chat with the club pro who encouraged me to be honest with my review (which I always try to be).
We stopped after nine to grab a beverage in the clubhouse. The food selection was exactly what I expect and the cleanliness and service matched.
Parking for the course is located on the opposite side of the road from the clubhouse. This could mean a walk over to the pro shop for a cart and a ride back or a short walk with you pull cart before starting your round.
The Clare scorecard is a bit unconventional as the shorter (Red) tees are displayed first on the card.
Ball washers are at every hole and the course route is extremely easy to follow.
I had one of my worst rounds of the year at Clare and it was mainly because I couldn't get off the tee (normally my strong point).
A recommended play if in the area.