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3037 Quail Run Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1T3S1
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
Rain starting in the evening.
Rain throughout the day.
Rain until afternoon.
Snow (1–4 cm.) in the morning.
Date: 2009-Jun-04 Review by James C
The greens were in good condition considering the winter kill that has affected most Ontario courses this spring 2009. Nice sized greens, some of them with difficult slopes. You really need to read putts from both sides of the hole to gauge your speed on some greens. The speed of the greens was an excellent speed at least for me, probably around 11 on the stimpmeter.
It should be noted that we played the Grist 9 holes and the Wheel 9 holes. The Grind 9 holes was closed due to repair, though we were able to drive it and it looked fantastic, though not an easy walk.
Fairways were in excellent shape and had good, easily visible yardage markers on all holes. There are a few holes that dog leg quite severely making tee off distance critical to having a shot at the green.
Tee boxes are of a nice size with lots of good areas to tee off from, though some tee boxes are tricky with areas that are not necessarily flat. Take your time to pick out a good spot, line up correctly off the tee, it will make your drives that much easier.
Even though Mill Run is not an historic old time course, the feel of the area is that it has been around for ages. The original 18 holes is well designed, though I've rarely seen a 9 hole course (The Grist) with 3 par 3s. The blue tees played at a decent length of just over 6300 yards.
With rates from $58 to $68 (less for seniors and juniors) Mill Run is definitely worth the money considering many courses in and around the GTA are way more expensive. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and will come back to play again.
The Grist and the Wheel were definitely challenging, though not unplayable for the average golfer.
Located on the northern edge of Oak Ridges Moraine the landscape is absolutely beautiful. The course is very well maintained and in impeccable shape.
I found all the staff to be very friendly and courteous, with maintenance crews stopping as we hit, and wait staff smiling and courteous even though they were very busy with a big tournament.
Upon your arrival at Mill Run the huge parking lot awaits you. Park near the Pro-shop near the far left corner of the parking lot, so you're close to the pro-shop to get your green fee. The clubhouse has a nice feel to it, with decent locker rooms and a nice restaurant and patio.
The weather for our round was fantastic, though our tee time was frost delayed which is very unusual for June. Cart paths are well maintained with good directional signage. The club arranges several demo days for members and non-members alike. They had just finished a Bridgestone Ball Fitting Clinic days before we arrived.
Definitely worth the stop if you're in the Toronto area. Try it out I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
Date: 2009-Jun-04 Review by Dan P
Challenging greens, but true. The greens at Mill Run were a treat. This is how greens should be maintained and designed.
Hot on the heals of quality greens comes quality fairways. Good width and yardages well marked.
Four tee boxes for a wide range of overall yardage. Playing from the tips is still not overly long with a maximum distance of 6700 yards.
Signage is clearly posted.
Mill Run consists of 54 holes. We didn't get to play or tour the shorter Highland course but we did play the Grist and Wheel. We drove the Grind.
The Grind is a newer nine, beautiful design, but a couple of long walks between a few holes will make this nine less desirable to play without cart.
The Grist and Wheel are probably the two nines of preferred play.
One of the best deals for price versus quality. Mill Run is fairly priced for what the course provides. I can see why the course is desirable for tournaments. And with 54 holes to choose from members can get some golf in while another event is being played.
Mill Run is a good challenge for all golfers. Most greens are well-guarded so your approach angle is important.
The Wheel starts out with a couple of very challenging holes. Hole #6 has a very large waste bunker that looks drivable from the tee. Was I surprised.
The Grist is a good nine to start your round with as the first few holes have forgiving fairway width.
The Grind has more elevation changes and some hidden tee shots. I want to return to Mill Run and play this nine.
Mature trees border many holes. Wooded areas are thick so limit your search time.
Course was very clean and well maintained.
Very little water on the course.
Staff were very friendly and maintenance of the course was ongoing. We were a little concerned as the spraying of fertilizer was ongoing. The safety clad, face covered workers were a bit foreboding.
The beverage cart was frequently seen.
Mill Run has a well-designed building layout. The well equipped pro shop is a building by itself.
The clubhouse has various seating areas depending on the style of dining you desire. Sit on the patio or dine inside.
A snack bar and maintenance building are also close by.
It's always tough to produce a good scorecard for more than 18 holes.
Mill Run is easy to navigate once your round has started. Follow the signage to your first nine.
Mill Run was a very pleasant surprise. I've been receiving emails from the club and the appear to have a lot of demo days and activities. These events appear to be weekly, if not more.
I would certainly give strong consideration to becoming a member of Mill Run if I lived in the area.