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In the late 1950′s Bruce McLaughlin purchased 180 acres of land in the picturesque rolling Caledon Hills - formerly the Wynn Standing Farm - with the vision of a resort and recreation centre on the site that would focus on providing facilities for the entire family. By November 1960, the Chinguacousy Country Club - (the club’s former name meaning "Land of Pines") vision had taken shape and earth was being moved on the site of the golf course. Rene Muylaert was the golf course architect, this being his first golf course design.
In the summer of 1961, the first nine holes for golf had been completed, an equestrian riding academy was in full operation, a model farm had been set up for the children, the 25 metre swimming pool was open, the supervised children’s playground was in daily use, and the tennis courts were being finished. While construction of the remaining nine holes of the championship course was moving ahead as planned, memberships were flowing in. The Club members geared up for a winter season of wagon rides, skating, outdoor curling, horse-drawn sleigh rides, cross-country and slope skiing and fireside parties.
With memberships at more than 200 per cent of the objective, the Board or Directors decided to increase the Club’s property holdings to more than 250 acres in 1962, and in 1963 the new clubhouse facilities next to the Credit River were opened.
Development of the property and the buildings continued year by year. The golf course was increased to 27 holes, including 9 holes for juniors, irrigation systems were installed, year-round chalets were built, roadways, landscaping and other improvements enhanced the beauty of the club grounds. Quartering facilities and riding arenas were constructed and the juniors were given their own clubhouse and social activities and planned programs were enjoyed by all.
In the 1980′s the club underwent many changes including the cessation of the riding component, the closure of the junior nine and the change from private to semi-private to fully public in 1988 as well as the acquisition of additional lands. In 1991 Chinguacousy changed its name to Caledon Country Club - (homage to its location) and many renovations and upgrades have been completed to the clubhouse and grounds. Presently the Club hosts many corporate and charity tournaments and weddings and welcomes public players daily.
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Ottawa, ON K1T3S1
Rain until afternoon and dangerously windy overnight.
Rain in the morning.
Foggy in the morning.
Overcast throughout the day.
Date: 2010-Aug-08 Review by Dan P
Large, firm greens that were in excellent condition. Shapes were very regular and offered some contour but nothing drastic.
There were an unusually large number of ball marks that thoughtless golfers failed to repair.
Don't forget to pick up a pin location sheet at the pro shop!
The fairways were in decent shape but some would consider a number of them to be quite narrow, adding difficulty to the course.
The 150 yard markers were stakes while remaining yardages are plates.
The tee boxes were a bit narrow and many didn't provide much space to move forward or back. A few tee boxes are in shaded areas which will make them a bit difficult to heal after damage.
Signage was well-marked and accurate.
The front nine was a real confidence builder for us with scores lower than normal despite the narrow holes of #2, #3, and #4. The back nine is much more challenging and it was an effort to keep our game from turning into frustration. The par 5s on the back are quite a bit longer as is the overall length of the nine holes.
Hole #1 is a short par 4 that an average long hitter can reach in one. A good confidence builder to start.
The par 5-14th is close to 600 yards but you can shave off a lot of distance by cutting the corner.
Hole #17 has been lengthened to a par 5 and adds some extra length to the back nine.
Caledon offers a serene setting with a good mixture of holes.
Pricing is comparable to other courses in the area and is a bargain at twilight rates.
Narrow fairways are the norm for the course. The rough isn't much longer than the fairway yet it seems thick and often saw us fall short of the green with our iron play.
Three putting is not unusual but is primarily due to the size of the greens.
Caledon is not overly long at 6502 from the tips.
Rolling hills surrounding the course provide a nice backdrop on a number of holes. All wooded areas are extremely thick and isn't worth entering to look for balls.
The course is clean as is the water of the Credit River which flows through 4 holes.
I don't think I've ever had a beverage cart come around so often and the day we played was the rare occasion that we weren't thirsty.
The staff in the pro shop and clubhouse were all courteous and well organized.
The clubhouse offers standard golf course type meals. We ordered the special of the day, chicken teriyaki, and it was excellent.
The pro shop was well-stocked with clothing and many sales were available.
There was lots of paring at various locations around the clubhouse.
Cart paths are well-marked and they need to be as routing is a bit difficult to follow. Even off the first tee it was confusing as to where to go. Apparently a bridge no longer exists for the first hole which means golfers have to cross the 9th fairway (which isn't the best of situations).
The scorecard has a hole-by-hole layout which is quite useful.
The Maple Leaf Junior Tour was playing before our round. I've been receiving MLJT emails for some time and this was my first encounter with the program on the course. It was a treat to watch the young budding stars.
In 2011, Caledon celebrates their 50 anniversary. Congratulations!