Sawmill Golf Course

4.0715411765 4.1 stars from 5 (30)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6590 yards
  • Slope: 127
  • Rating: 71.4
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 6590 yards 71.4 127
Blue 71 6138 yards 69.2 125
White 71 5871 yards N/A N/A
Red 71 5189 yards 77.0 122

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 30 Reviews
5 stars:
13
4 stars:
10
3 stars:
5
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

27 out of 30 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for locals walkers seniors   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes water hazards   Great for drinks  

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"Big Changes Huge Improvement move Sawmill UP"


Pinhunter2's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

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!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great time"


Johnkantor's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/15/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Love this course!!!"


Golfingphantom's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/18/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great layout"


brawny905's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Lots of character"


lshedden's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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 !


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great experience"


uWIYL8655WI's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"just a nice course"


uIKAE3849IK's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"An Interesting Afternoon"


bobby04's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Great Course and Layout"


GT86golf's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Worth a Visit"


Ernest1975's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Great course at a great price"


sneezer10's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Course in great early season form"


GT86golf's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Interesting & challenging"


coolgolfer19's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/28/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Always a Pleasure to Play!"


matrix06's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/26/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

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 .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Still fun to Play"


krazyr's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awesome coarse"


u222084285's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Simple yet unique"


Gduval's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Sawmill is a nice little parkland course"


linksman's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I am becoming quite fond of Sawmill as it presents some interesting challenges and yet is not overly long from the Blues. Several holes (3 par 4's and 1 par 5) are forced carries unless you are a long bomber. To play them efficiently you may have to consider using your 180 yard club off the tee as big numbers lie in wait for the foolhardy. The greens have some subtle breaks that can have you talking to yourself but roll true if read right.

You won't be disappointed at the senior rates and the club has a very friendly feel about it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"sawmill"


Brucebishop's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/28/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the pace of play was not very good.Too many 2 somes.we had 3 of them behind us .In front of us were 2 four somes which were real slow.the staff was friendly.We saw no marshell the whole day.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 09/06/2015

Since when does a golf course team need to defend comments from paying customers?<br/> You don't see this on other Golf Now listed courses.<br/> Makes you think that perhaps the positive comments posted here are or were staged? ( without prejudice ).<br/> I was considering playing Sawmill... but after reading the comments I will try another course.<br/> May I suggest, if all ithe comments / reviews are legitimate that the SawmillGolfTeam just relax... and let us the players make the judgement on posted comments / reviews.


Commented on 08/29/2015

Dear Bruce,

Thanks for your recent review of Sawmill. We're sorry that you didn't completely enjoy your day. Although you've complained about some twosomes behind you, please note that there were no twosomes in front of you and we were fully booked from 6:30am. The middle of the day was quieter so we did allow a few twosomes to play alone at that time. I'm surprised that you found the pace of play slow as almost all groups finished in just over 4 hours. We did have a marshall on the course all day - I personally spoke to your group, returned your son's cell phone, and waved to you in passing. We do try to keep our distance so that we don't interfere with your game. Hopefully, when you visit Niagara in the future you'll consider playing at Sawmill again.

Best regards,<br/> The Sawmill Team


"One of my favourites"


dw57's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was a member here 35+ years ago and enjoy coming back to play every time. There are many holes that have that wow factor for me and it is always in great shape. A must play for a desired mid-level course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/29/2015

Dear dw57,

Thanks for your kind review of Sawmill. We're glad you continue to return after all these years and we appreciate that you've recognized the improvements that have made Sawmill a 'must play' course! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

The Sawmill Team



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