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3.7
33 Reviews (33)
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Conditions
3.7
Value
4.0
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
3.8
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.0
69.4%
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3.0
2 Reviews (2)
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Conditions
3.0
Value
3.5
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
3.5
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3.0
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3.0
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Style Woodland
Par 71
Length 6590 yards
Slope 127
Rating 71.4

Course Details

Year Built 1976
Golf Season Apr 15 to Oct 31
Architect Gordon Witteveen

Rentals/Services

Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf Simulator No
Teaching Pro Yes
Indoor Practice No

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Bar, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Locker Rooms

Reviews

3.7
33 Reviews (33)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 9
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 15
Elevation Changes 12
Water Hazards 12
This course/club is great for:
Locals 12
Walkers 12
Seniors 8
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 17

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Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

No covid protocols in place

There were no staff to great you’re two advise protocols nor advise when’s you could go to Pro-shop like other courses. Everyone was just wandering around like normal. There is no marshal to monitor covid rules etc. The cart had plastic screens but they weren’t installed. There were a number of people on the putting been not doing social distancing, The course was in average shape but the greens had so many ball marks we spent too much time repairing them. There was no starter and it wasn’t confusing to know who was on the tee. Other than that the day was fine. It was very hot.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 64
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Course in good shape

First time out here this year. Never have a problem playing here. The fairways, greens and tee blocks all in good shape. The sand traps were okay, but with no rakes, my group decided to free lift behind them, rather than play out of them. Didn’t matter to me as I rarely land in them anyway. Today, I had 1 lift out on hole 6. Pace of play was a little slow to start. Our tee time mid day was 20+ minutes delayed and we started on hole 10. It took 2 hrs and 20 minutes to play that 9. Good news is the front nine was completed in about 1 hour 50 minutes, so we were about 4 hrs and 10 minutes for 18 holes. All good. Didn’t see a cart girl, but picked up beverages and snacks at the turn. Will be back.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 31
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Big Changes Huge Improvement move Sawmill UP

Niagara is home for me, I try to play all of them I can get on, however, I have to admit I haven't played Sawmill in about 20 years. I went out last Sunday and its so much better than it used to be. The practice area is greatly improved - thank you so much. So is the clubhouse with a major renovation. The course conditions are also greatly improved (bunkers, greens, tee boxes) There have been some new hazards placed in tricky places where your drive would typically land. Yikes. I can't remember the hole number but I still love the Par 5 on the very back of the property where to need to ring the bell. In fact, there is no hole I don't like. The trees are all mature now and this is not a grip it and rip it course anymore. Definitely a TOP 10 in Niagara and maybe just slips outside the top 5. I was so impressed I think I may look at Men's League or a membership next year. I played both Twenty Valley and Sawmill this week. They are both close in rank now and in the past I'd give Twenty the nod but with the improvements to Sawmill (especially practice area) I prefer Sawmill.

Kudos on the work you've done!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great time

Went out with some friends great time good staff, nice course...food ehh

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Love this course!!!

This course has it all, a challenging layout, sent in a beautiful natural setting, great for couples. Play smart and you will score well.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Great layout

This course would be outstanding if their greens were even in decent shape. Almost all greens are pock marked. Ball was bouncing all over the place.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 86
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Lots of character

Very interesting layout. Plays long for us girls. Conditions were good, but they had recently punched the greens(which golfnow did not let us know ahead of time),The ones that were healing look to be really good.
Saw a deer on the back 9 !
Typical local traps : sometimes sand ,sometimes not...all local courses have same issues, even Glen Abbey !

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 40
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great experience

First time playing picturesque Sawmill and I hope it is not the last. My experience on the course, in the pro shop and at the restaurant was top rate.

The course was in fine condition especially considering the drought we have had in southern Ontario this summer. There are a nice mixture of holes ranging from very difficult to somewhat easy depending on your game level. The greens are massive and well contured which places a premium on putting. Most are flanked by well configured bunkers and many are littered with fairway bunkers in the tee shot landing areas. Water comes into play on numerous holes.

Sawmill has four sets of tees to suit any ability level.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

just a nice course

Sawmill is a very nice course, the fairways are somewhat wide, some challenging holes, greens are in excellent shape and fairly fast.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

An Interesting Afternoon

The front 9 is not very memorable - too many holes all the same. The back 9 is far more entertaining - water comes in to play, dog legs and sand trap challenges. It was fun using all of the sticks in the bag. Overall, it was an enjoyable afternoon. A major criticism is in #1 being the hardest hole on the course and #10 being the second hardest. Never a good idea to start a round that way.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great Course and Layout

The course is in great shape this year. Greens are firm, yet receptive. Bunkers are well kept with soft sand. And the staff are great. It was hot out so it was nice to see the cart girl out to offer refreshments several times during the round. The gazebo grill at the turn is great for a one stop shop and Sawmill even has it's own app where you can order food while you play to be ready for you when you arrive so it doesn't slow down your round. Definitely one of my favourite courses in the region and will be back for more again soon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 46
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Walked

Worth a Visit

This is not my first time playing Sawmill, and tonight I tried to squeeze in 18 before dark. It almost happened.

PROS:
> forgiving layout (i.e. rough not too punishing)
> greens in good condition
> pro shop staff very polite
> real good practice facilities (2nd best chipping area within 30 miles)

CONS:
> none that I could think of at the moment

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course at a great price

Considering it is early in the season the course was in fabulous shape. Layout is great and pace of play was dead on at 4hrs. Would highly recommend this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Course in great early season form

I love playing this course and this experience was no different. Being early in the season my expectations for course conditions are usually low. The staff at Sawmill have really kept their course in great shape to start the year! The tee boxes, fairways and greens were lush green and the sand traps were in good shape. They have removed a lot of trees to make the course play a little easier than years prior so pace of play should speed up for your average golfer. If you haven't golfed here, you're missing a great gem. They offer a Player's Club membership that I have been a part of for 3 years now. If you don't know what it is. Check it out because it's a great value.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 35
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Average weather
Used cart

Interesting & challenging

Course is in excellent condition, greens, fairways, traps, tee blocks

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Always a Pleasure to Play!

Course was in excellent shape , fairways and greens were pristine. I always enjoy playing this course as it has a variety of challenges . Pace of play was excellent for a Saturday. I will definitely return, a Must Play .

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Still fun to Play

Haven't been to Sawmill for a few years, but it hasn't changed too much. Same challenging course with a number of forced layups, lots of water and rolling fairways you can't always see. The course is in GREAT shape and the greens roll very well. I would tell anyone to go play this course!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Awesome coarse

You have heard the saying
Best kept secret
This is one of them
Haven't played this coarse in over 10 years
I must say they done a great job updating this coarse and clubhouse
I'm looking forward to playing it again

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Simple yet unique

Very fun and challenging course. Forces you to use a lot of different shots and clubs. Couple holes are set up really uniquely. Wish the water was a little cleaner for aesthetic appeal around the course

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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