Whirlpool Golf Course

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4.4
624
5 Stars
289
4 Stars
262
3 Stars
53
2 Stars
12
1 Stars
8
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.1
95.4%
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583 out of 624 reviews
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4.8
20
5 Stars
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4 Stars
5
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.8
100.0%
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20 out of 20 reviews
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4.5
111
5 Stars
63
4 Stars
40
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
1
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0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
95.5%
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106 out of 111 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7019 yards
Slope 126
Rating 73.3

Located in a spectacular natural setting against the backdrop of the Niagara River whirlpool and gorge, this magnificent and challenging championship course was designed by the legendary golf architect Stanley Thompson. Owned and operated by The Niagara Parks Commission since 1951, Whirlpool is considered as one of the Top 100 Courses in Canada.

Directions: From Toronto: Approach Niagara Falls on the QEW. Just after crossing the St. Catharines Skyway, take the 405 exit towards the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge to the USA. Just before the bridge, take the last exit to the Niagara Parkway. Turn right off the ramp onto the Niagara Parkway. Whirlpool Golf Course is 4km down the road on the right hand side

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Whirlpool Golf Course
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7019 yards 73.3 126
Blue 72 6701 yards 71.9 123
White 72 6292 yards 75.9 126
Red 72 5702 yards 67.3 115
Yellow 72 5203 yards 65.1 109
Scorecard for Whirlpool
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 73.3/126 W: 79.6/142 400 415 234 509 536 216 431 440 352 3533 457 405 241 518 160 566 403 230 506 3486 7019
Blue M: 71.9/123 W: 78.1/135 384 386 212 495 513 210 416 434 337 3387 450 396 202 510 154 545 358 204 495 3314 6701
White M: 70.0/119 W: 75.9/126 360 361 189 475 471 174 404 414 322 3170 438 385 186 475 149 481 343 193 472 3122 6292
Red M: 67.3/115 W: 71.8/116 350 327 136 458 438 163 353 368 288 2881 390 343 156 427 136 444 321 170 434 2821 5702
Yellow M: 65.1/109 W: 69.2/114 321 295 123 408 417 133 302 346 262 2607 357 307 133 406 126 416 301 143 407 2596 5203
Handicap 15 1 9 11 7 13 3 5 17 2 4 16 10 18 8 14 6 12
Par 4 4 3 5 5 3 4 4 4 36 4 4 3 5 3 5 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 12 2 18 4 8 16 6 10 14 9 7 13 5 17 1 11 15 3

Course Details

Year Built 1951
Golf Season Apr 1 to Oct 30
Architect Stanley Thompson (1951)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

4.4
624

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 61
19th Hole Scenic Views 51
Patio Dining 45
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 85
Plays Long 50
Elevation Changes 47
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 65
A Weekend Splurge 59
Locals 56
This Course's Location is:
Near Local Attractions 91
Worth the Drive 80
Convenient to the City 69

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Handicap 20-24
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RETURN TO WHIRLPOOL

I have not played this course in 11-12 years and my wife and I were looking for a late in the season outing and chose Niagara area due to the weather forecast, a Golfnow deal for the course and the fact we had enjoyed this course in the past.

Unfortunately the weather man was optimistic, never got above 8 C accompanied by a cold wind. We survived.

However, course was VERY wet due to heavy recent rains and carts were path only which stretched the round to 4 1/2 hours and we didn't wait on a tee after the 3rd hole.

it was the last open day here, so may be why they allowed us out at all. Many fairways and even a tee box were saturated with pools of water on surface and all bunkers were flooded.

My course condition of average is based on this, not really their issue, staff was very friendly and course has been in fine shape in past.

That notwithstanding course did not play as tight as in past, maybe because most of the leaves were off the trees, but i think a few trees may have been removed since my last round here. (not like I'm driving straighter!) Greens were wet but in good shape. Nice layout, with some scenic holes and saw some small deer beside one hole.

Best parts of the day were John and Bob, from Fort Erie, who were paired with us and some of the best company we have ever had on a round of golf. Very pleasant and patient, sorry if we slowed you guys up. John has game too!

Course is on next years play list; hoping for drier conditions.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
62534e2e-6240-598a-896d-b552a59e30c4
NiagaraParksGolf
Commented On 2018-11-07T19:15:15.000+00:00

Glad to hear you enjoyed the course despite the wet conditions. We look forward to hosting you again next season!

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course changed

We played at the Legends Niagara instead of Whirlpool because it was frost in the morning.
Legend course was excellent as well.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
62534e2e-6240-598a-896d-b552a59e30c4
NiagaraParksGolf
Commented On 2018-11-01T12:23:05.000+00:00

Thank you very much. We hope you'll get another chance to experience Whirlpool next time you're in the area.

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Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Great day

It was cool, about 7C but I was prepared and did feel cold at all. The course was in fantastic shape. No plugged shots and a fair bit of roll. The greens were pretty quick and the staff has done a good job of keeping leaves away from greens. The rough was cut fairly short which helps at this time of the year. I have played here a few times this summer and the conditions today were summer like.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
62534e2e-6240-598a-896d-b552a59e30c4
NiagaraParksGolf
Commented On 2018-11-01T12:22:26.000+00:00

Thank you very much, we hope to see you back again next Spring.

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

flat and straight almost every holes
not much fun to play
one thing to surprise to me is many deer around the course

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
62534e2e-6240-598a-896d-b552a59e30c4
NiagaraParksGolf
Commented On 2018-11-01T12:21:58.000+00:00

Sorry to hear you didn't like the layout. Maybe next time you're in the area you can try our other facility, Legends on the Niagara. Legends has two 18 golf courses to choose from.

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

What a beautiful course

I can’t believe how well the drainage is at this course. It poured rain the night before and there was no puddles in the fairways nothing. I barely saw anyone all day it was like having my own private club. Staff was great I’ll definitely be back

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
62534e2e-6240-598a-896d-b552a59e30c4
NiagaraParksGolf
Commented On 2018-10-24T13:42:03.000+00:00

Glad to hear you enjoyed the experience with us. Hope to see you back soon.

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Just a really nice golf course!

This course has been run by the Niagara Parks Commission for many, many, years and has continued to be in outstanding shape. The fairways are nicely manicured and have this "lush" look to them. The ball more often than not, sits up almost like sitting on a piece of carpet.... The staff there, do a fantastic job and should really be commended for how hard they work. Excellent facilities there, as well.

Going back to the course itself, it can definitely present a nice challenge and when playing from the tips, this is a pretty nice length for just about everyone. One of my favorite courses in the Niagara Region.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
62534e2e-6240-598a-896d-b552a59e30c4
NiagaraParksGolf
Commented On 2018-10-17T13:42:31.000+00:00

Thank you very much! We'll be sure to pass on your comments to our team. We hope to see you again soon.

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Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Course

The Whirlpool is a great course. It is challenging but fair, and like most courses, there is a huge premium for hitting it straight. The setting is beautiful and the course is well maintained.
On the day we played it was cart path only which made for a long day. The course is long with generous fairways and so at times it was well over a 50 yard walk to my ball. This made it slow and almost a 5 hour play time.
I have played the course many times and never with cart path only rule. The pace of play can be slow at times but is generally good. It is one of my favourite courses and I would highly recommend it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
62534e2e-6240-598a-896d-b552a59e30c4
NiagaraParksGolf
Commented On 2018-10-17T13:41:42.000+00:00

Glad to hear you enjoyed our course despite the cart path only ruling. We've had a lot of rain lately. Hopefully Mother Nature cooperates soon.

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Wet but good

Course was quite saturated with all the rain but was still in good condition. Quite a good round considering. They do an excellent job maintaining this course and it is still one of my favourite places to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
62534e2e-6240-598a-896d-b552a59e30c4
NiagaraParksGolf
Commented On 2018-10-17T13:40:19.000+00:00

Thank you, hope to see you back again soon before the season ends.

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great shape

Love the layout of course and in great shape lots of room if you spray the around definitely one of my favorites

62534e2e-6240-598a-896d-b552a59e30c4
NiagaraParksGolf
Commented On 2018-10-03T16:55:15.000+00:00

Thank you very much! We hope to see you again soon before the season ends.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great value!

Excellent staff, beautiful, well manicured course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
62534e2e-6240-598a-896d-b552a59e30c4
NiagaraParksGolf
Commented On 2018-09-26T14:00:22.000+00:00

Thank you very much, we hope to see you back again soon.

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Aeration of greens

The greens were aerated the day before. It was not mentioned on their web site. We decided not to play.

Conditions Poor
Friendliness Good
62534e2e-6240-598a-896d-b552a59e30c4
NiagaraParksGolf
Commented On 2018-09-26T14:00:08.000+00:00

Sorry to hear the greens were aerated and you weren't aware of this. Typically this is mentioned online, we'll look into this further.

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Nice course

Very picturesque course. Greens and bunkers were in good shape, tees were pretty torn up. The helicopters were a bit over the top but you get use to it.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
62534e2e-6240-598a-896d-b552a59e30c4
NiagaraParksGolf
Commented On 2018-09-26T13:58:14.000+00:00

Sorry about the helicopters, they can be loud at times for sure.

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Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Whirlpool

allways a great course to play, great shape and fast greens

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
62534e2e-6240-598a-896d-b552a59e30c4
NiagaraParksGolf
Commented On 2018-09-26T13:57:39.000+00:00

Thank you very much!

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Solid course

The only shortcoming are the fairway traps - light on sand and too many lonnng par 4s, I'm thinking 7, 8 and 10. But I like the traditional look, mature trees, pleasant staff, electric carts. I forgot to mention the helicopters - real pain. But I keep coming back!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
62534e2e-6240-598a-896d-b552a59e30c4
NiagaraParksGolf
Commented On 2018-09-20T16:18:46.000+00:00

Sorry about the Helicopters, they definitely can be distracting.

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