Sunday, May 22, 2005

Heron Point Golf Links

Heron Point Golf Links
Alberton, Ontario, CANADA

6841 YARDS (PAR 71)
COURSE ARCHITECT: Thomas McBroom (1992)
LAST PLAYED: May 21, 2005.
LOW SCORE: 82 (+11)

- ScoreGolf Top 100 in Canada 2014: #73
- Canadian Golf Magazine Top 100 in Canada 2015: #70

Harris' buddy Preston is a member of Clublink, Canada's largest owner, operator and developer of golf courses, who currently have 28 clubs under their massive umbrella. Preston's home course is Heron Point in Ancaster, just outside of Hamilton, so we made the 35 minute trip to play on Saturday afternoon.

What a great course and what a fantastic day! It was about 22 degrees under partly cloudy skies and I was able to pull the shorts out of the moth balls for the first time this year.

The green complexes out here are something else; it is target golf at its finest. Very few opportunities to run the ball up to the green, with most of the complexes elevated from the fairway.

There were a few noteworthy holes: #6 is a 582 yard par five that plays downhill from the second shot on; the green is located about 50 feet below the fairway and almost plays like a chute, as the edges of the fairway roll up towards the rough, making the hole resemble a half tube. Terrible description but you have to see it to appreciate it.

#8 is a pretty 171 yard par 3 off an elevated tee with a multi-tiered green, as were most of the other greens out here.

The par 3 8th hole at Heron Point

Then you move to #9, a 433 yard par 4 that requires a 208 yard carry over water on your drive. Yikes.

#18 is pretty similar to #9. The finisher is 408 yards off an elevated tee and it demands a 238 yard carry over water to reach the fairway! I'd hate to have a great round going only to knock a couple in the drink here!!

An intimidating carry awaits at the tough closing hole at Heron Point

My game was not sharp enough to tame this 6841 yard course, rated at 72.8 from the Gold Tees and with a slope of 135. I shot an 82 with no birdies and just couldn't get the putter going. Harris played exceptionally well, shooting a 76. Our host Preston came in at an even 80 while Toast struggled early on in his round but fought back with a 39 on the back for an 87 overall.

We ended up having a couple pints of Stella Artois on the patio post-round and then ventured to the Keg for some fine steaks.

Just a great day!

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