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Forest City National Golf Club
16540 Robin's Hill Road, London, ON  N5V5C3
Tee Times: 519-451-0994 Fax: 519-451-8986
Email: proshop@fcngolf.com

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    We at Forest City National are extremely proud of our facility. Our 18 hole championship golf course is nestled on 275 picturesque acres hugging the southeast shore of Fanshawe Lake. Each hole ribbons its way through pine forests and around small ravines with the contour terrain providing panoramic vistas of the lake.
    We strive to provide a unique and enjoyable experience from the moment you arrive. With attention to detail and personal service, you will have a private course experience at London's only Golf Digest 4-1/2 star rated public golf course.
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Forest_City2009-Jul-26

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Date: 2008-May-28 Review by Robert F
    The greens let me putt well and the ball rolled smoothly. The fringe was OK and the rough was even with plenty of grass beyond the fringe. A few greens such as #1 and #8 are tiered. Greens 9, 14 and 18 are slightly elevated while a lot of them are well protected by bunkers. Check the hints on the GPS system so you will be able to place your shots in best place to get the best view and approach to the greens. The green side bunkers were very well maintained.
    Fairways were very good with plenty of grass giving way to the first cut that was generous before you reached the bush. Fairway were marked with stakes that were blue, white and red. The fairway bunkers (and there were a few of them) were well maintained with good sand and at least two rakes. A few of the fairways were a little uneven and created a bumpy ride at times. I liked the fact that the banks of the lakes were trimmed thus giving a well manicured look to the course.
    Tees were level, and pointed down the fairways. They were landscaped very nicely and had good signage, ball washers and all the necessary accessories good tee boxes possess. There were four teeing areas: black, gold, blue and silver.
    I liked the design of this course. Each hole was different and the front nine had a different look to the back nine. Two of the par threes have water that influences your decision. The last par three has an arroyo that separates the green from the tee. The lengths are 159, 157, 135 and 100 from the blues. For me, a good design has 18 different holes, good looking par threes, a par five dog leg that follows the water but allows you to cut the yardage by going over the water. Number 15 is like that. The front nine and three holes on the back were more open, inland links type of holes while six holes on the back were surrounded by mature trees. The three open holes on the back were more like wetlands holes.
    This is a great course with good amenities and the green fees are very reasonable. Monday to Thursday the fees are $63 with GPS and range privileges. Twilight is only $44 and starts at 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
    Select the correct tees and you will have an enjoyable game. The gold tees play 6340 and the blue at 5942 yards. I could not find a slope or index rating on the score card which leads me to believe they have not had the course sloped. Just from experience I would say the blue tees play around 121 and the gold maybe 126. The course has about 45 bunkers with most of them around the greens. I think I counted 11 fairway bunkers. Water comes into play on a seven holes. Number 14 has a lake that protects the right side of the fairway and 15 has water along the entire right side. Your drive on nine must carry a deep ravine, unfortunately mine did not make it. The par fives were of decent length but not too long. They were 503, 487, 475, and 500 yards in length.
    The course borders Fanshaw Lake which is the home of the Canadian rowing team. You get some good views of the lake from the 9th green and from a few holes near the end. The course has some small lakes on the back which had a good amount of bird life when we were there. There are mature pine and spruce surrounding some of the holes on the back nine.
    All the staff were very friendly. We talked to the pro shop staff, the starter, and club house staff and all of them were helpful and proud of their course.
    The clubhouse has a good eating area with lounge. The deck has excellent views of the lake and is a great place for a cold one after a round. They have a large function room and a decent menu.
    We found the pro shop to be well stocked with everything you might require. The rental clubs were of very good quality. Their golf carts were new electric ones and they were equipped with a good GPS system which I always find very useful. The cart path was continuous and in good shape. On course, washrooms were clean and spread around the course. The range was included with your green fees and they had a putting green.
    We had a warm sunny day with little wind and the course was not crowded. I thought we might be bothered by planes as the course is very close to the London Airport but I think we only saw one plane and I enjoyed looking at it. This course is definitely a recommended course that you must play if you are in the London area. I live in Edmonton and this quality of course would cost $89 to $100 dollars to play there.
Photos: 2008-May-28


















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