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Located in beautiful New Glasgow, Prince Edward Island near Cavendish, PEI Glasgow Hills Golf course opened to rave reviews in 2001.
Over the years the golf course has received many awards and accolades. It has received the coveted Golf Digest Four star rating "Best Places to Play" and was rated in the top 70 courses in Canada by readers of the Globe and Mail newspaper.
What sets Glasgow Hills apart on PEI is the Undulation of this course. As such Les Furber, a western Canadian designer, was chosen as the course architect. With backdrops of the Atlantic Ocean, the River Clyde and Prince Edward Island's rolling country side it can be sometimes hard to concentrate on golf. Though the greens here can be a challenge to play because of their speed and undulation the Turf Crew under the direction of Marc Altese has helped mold a course where conditioning is top priority and playing conditions are second to none.
The course has 4 tee decks to challenge players of all abilities and ranges in yardage from 5,236 yards from front tee to 6,915 yards from the back.
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3037 Quail Run Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1T3S1
Snow (< 1 cm.) in the morning and breezy starting in the evening.
Snow (2–5 cm.) overnight.
Snow (1–3 cm.) in the morning.
Foggy in the morning.
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
Date: 2008-Sep-17 Review by Dan P
Glasgow Hills has very large greens. Expect to three putt at least a couple of holes. Some very tricky contours. Once again the greens were quite hard. This seems very typical of PEI courses.
With knowledge of the course you'll know which side of the fairway to hit your tee shot. There's usually a safe side on all holes. Fairways are a decent width with yardage stakes at 200, 150, and 100 yards. I didn't notice any yardages marked on sprinkler heads and some yardages can be tough to figure.
Yardage signs were normally at the back tees. Four decks with many being elevated. All tees were flat with par 3s being a bit worn (typical for par 3s).
I really liked the fact that the back 9 is much tougher then the front. Scoring better on the back will certainly be a rarity.
Holes #1 and #4 have a shared green but it is designed very well.
About 1/3 of the holes have hidden greens from the tee making knowledge of the course very beneficial.
Sub $80 at peak season and worth every penny. Make this course a stop while in PEI.
Hole #17 is the second toughest hole I've ever played (hole #11 at Crowbush takes top spot).
A tough par 3 is #13.
There's about 80 bunkers on the course and it's probably the hilliest course on the island.
Another course to bring along the camera. Besides being a tough hole, #17 is a great photo shoot.
The rolling hills behind the course are marvelous. Fescue can be quite dense and so can the trees. The course is very clean.
All aspects of the staff were great. We saw the beverage cart at least 6 times. The waitresses in the restaurant were very pleasant.
The clubhouse couldn't be positioned any better. Great view of the entire course. Nice building, good food, and a nice size. I imagine a banquet hall is upstairs. Pro shop contains lots of clothing but only basic golf supplies.
The parking lot is paved with generous parking spots.
I only saw one washroom on course.
The scorecard shows course layout and hole layout.
Great course to move about from hole to hole. Excellent markings.
What a great balance in a course. I've never scored anything with nines across the board.
Glasgow Hills can be a tough walk. I'd recommend taking a cart.
Date: 2008-Sep-17 Review by Greg J
The greens on this course were very large and exceptionally fast. Many times the breaks were subtle and very hard to read. While I consider myself an above-average putter, these greens befuddled me all day and caused me to finish with many more putts than my norm. If you like fast greens these ones are great!
Most fairways were about average width and all were in good shape. Although the course looks open in many places, adjacent fairways were always far enough apart that it would be uncommon to see anyone hit to the wrong one. There were 100, 150 and 200 yardage markers down the centre of most fairways but I didn't see many other markings.
Four sets of tee boxes offered the ability to play different lengths to accommodate players of different levels. All were level, in good condition and clearly identified on the signs. A number of times we were hitting from either elevated tees or from tees that seemed elevated because of being at the top of downhill holes. The elevated tee on hole #17 made for a great start to an awesome hole!
The layout of the course makes excellent use of the rolling hills on this part of the island. There was a great variety of holes making shot-making choices fun at times. Bunkers were well situated and easily visible most of the time.
The cost of this course seemed very reasonable for a course of this calibre. We very much enjoyed our game and would gladly return to play this course again.
Although we played this course on a day without much wind, it was a challenging course that would likely be very difficult when the wind blows. Adding the tough greens into the mix, this course might be too difficult for many high handicap golfers when the weather conditions aren't good.
It's hard to imagine a setting more appealing than this, with the rolling hills all around and views of the water in the distance. The well-maintained course just adds to the beauty.
All members of staff were very friendly and quick to look after our needs. I've never played a course where I encountered the beverage cart so many times.
This beautiful clubhouse had a large, well-stocked Pro Shop and an attractive, large lounge/restaurant overlooking much of the course and the surrounding hills. Unlike most Pro Shops we've seen in PEI, this one did have some clubs for sale.
The course booklet was well done with quite a bit of information on every hole. A little more ability to determine distances from various spots on the fairway would have been nice. While our timing didn't allow us to try it out, the practice facility looked very good.