One of the stops during my vacation, was to my old home course, Eagles Landing. This is where I held a membership for a number of years as a junior and through my college years. I can’t think of the number of rounds I must have put throughout the years, but it’s always been my home course.
The course itself would be considered very basic in the realm of Southern Ontario. However, for a small town in the middle of nowhere, it does just fine. A 9 hole course that can stretch to about 6700 yards has a pretty forgiving layout. Holes 1-6 are quite wide open, minus the out of bounds that runs along the sides of some of the holes, but are largely out of play most of the time.
I feel the course, although simple, has a great variety of holes. Each hole carries its unique flavour of bunkers, water , out of bounds and occasionally bush. It has both short and long par 3′s, 4′s and 5′s that run primarily east and west, in and out of the prevailing westerly wind. One thing that remains consistent is the size of the greens. They are large and often are slower than average, with my visit no exception to this. I would say it’s pretty easy to get some 60-80 ft putts if you’re not quite accurate.
I suppose one of the knocks has always been the quality of the course. This year it seemed to be in great shape, but that shouldn’t be surprising considering the summer Canada has had. The bunkers are often filled with rocks and you’re hoping you don’t damage your club instead of thinking about your follow through.
But all of that aside, one thing that was a pleasant surprise was some of the maturation that has occurred. Having only been able to play once a year if I’m lucky, it’s nice to see how things once planted several years ago are starting to bloom and take affect. The trees on holes 5 and 7 have started to take the short cuts away and might make people think a half second about making the big shot.
Hopefully I’ll get to play her again next year!