Friday, April 07, 2006

Deerhurst Resort - Highlands Course

Deerhurst Resort - Highlands Course
Huntsville, Ontario, CANADA

7011 YARDS (PAR 72)
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Cupp & Thomas McBroom (1990)
LAST PLAYED: August 8, 2012.
LOW SCORE: 82 (+10)

- Golfweek Best Canadian Modern Courses 2015: #32
- ScoreGolf Top 100 in Canada 2014: #70
- ScoreGolf Top 59 Public Courses in Canada 2015: #37
- Canadian Golf Magazine Top 100 in Canada 2015: #62

Continuing with the adventures of the 2003 Muskoka trip, as the four of us were off to Deerhurst to play the well-regarded Highlands course the day after Bigwin.

One of the assistants out there used to work in the backshop at St. Catharines so we had our 'in'. Well, it's a public course so we were in regardless but we were able to get a steal of a green fee rate with him behind the counter. I think we paid $50.00 for the round and he was going to give us the second round for the price of the cart ($15 each).

The shot above shows us on the gorgeous downhill par four opener very early in the morning. Beautiful scenery from the tee that's for sure!

The course itself is quite good although there are a few holes that don't seem to fit in. If you've ever been out there, I'm sure you know which holes I'm talking about...

Things start out strongly with the aforementioned first hole and the very long and difficult 465 yard par four second. This hole requires a lengthly poke from the tee to clear a ravine to get to a narrow-looking fairway.

The awesome continues on the signature third hole, a downhill 201 yard par three with granite outcroppings on the left. The threes at Deerhurst are quite strong overall.

However, things get strange when you go over to the other side of the road for the fourth, fifth and sixth holes. Whereas the rest of the course is a rollicking parkland-style test, this stretch of holes is completely out in the open and has a very linksy-feel. It just seems out of character with the rest of the course but maybe it's just me.

Eight is another great par three, a 231 yarder to a double green (sharing it with #17) and nine is an interesting dogleg left with a great elevated green complex.

The back side has a few holes of note as well. Number ten would likely be signature hole #2, a 464 yard par four from an elevated tee, with granite outcroppings on the right side of the fairway in the landing area.

I'm also a big fan of the risk/reward par five 14th, a 523 yarder that's reachable in two for those willing to clear a large lake fronting the green. Number 15 is an excellent 411 yard par four with a creek that meanders the entire length of the hole, forcing the player to clear it twice before reaching the putting surface. Lots of options on this hole make it one to remember.

I shot 82 both rounds I played that day. It's a solid test, with big numbers lurking around almost every corner should you misstep.

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