Lives
Cranbrook, BC
Handicap
5-9
Age
25-34
Gender
Male
Skill
Advanced
Plays
A few times a week

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Average Rating

3.4
3.4
Total 7 Reviews

Rating Breakdown

7 Reviews
5 Stars
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4 Stars
4
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Recommended Courses
6
Not Recommended Courses
1
Helpful Votes Count
3
Not Helpful Votes Count
0
First Review
04/07/2016
Last Review
02/12/2017

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Review of Biltmore, The

Played On 12/12/2016
I Recommend This Course
4.0

Fantastic Donald Ross Course

I was able to get a Hot Deal and played what is normally a very expensive upscale course for a fraction of the cost. Despite blustery (yet sunny) conditions, it was a fantastic day on the golf course and I enjoyed my experience at the Biltmore immensely. The place is shrouded in history and the timeless layout is a treat to play. The Biltmore was (and is always) in pristine condition and the greens were some of the truest and most difficult that I have ever played. They were undulating, domed and lightning fast. I felt like I was putting on US Open greens at some points. The layout is fun, fair and filled with character. Players are left with ample room off the tee, but are forced to be creative with their approach shots in order to hold those diabolical Donald Ross Greens. Hazards come in to play on a number of holes, but if you are striking the ball well they shouldn't pose much of a problem, particularly for the more skilled players. The closing two holes stick out in my mind as personal favorites. #17 is a brute of a Par 4 in which you are forced to hit a long and straight tee-shot and then navigate a huge sloping green that is guarded by a canal in front. #18 is a fantastic risk reward dogleg-left Par 5 that looms in the shadow of the majestic Biltmore Hotel. I was able to knock it on in two, but a 3 putt left me scratching my head and wishing I could get out there and try it all again! I would highly recommend playing the Biltmore if you get the chance. It's not every day that a golfer gets to experience a true classic course of this stature and quality, so if you are traveling to the Miami area make sure to put this one at the top of your list of must-play's!
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Good

Review of Miami Springs Golf & Country Club

Played On 12/11/2016
I Recommend This Course
4.0

Good Choice in Miami

I always enjoy my round at Miami Springs. It hosted a PGA Tour event for 30 years, so needless to say the club has a lot of history. It's an old-school layout and a solid routing without any strange holes. The front 9 is fairly wide open without any hazards and the back 9 is a little longer and tighter with a creek meandering through it. The real defense of the course is the green complexes, many of which are elevated and guarded by well-placed bunkers. The conditioning is good and the greens roll very nicely. They were smooth, speedy and putted true. All in all, I would say this is a great option for public golf in the Miami area, especially if you can snag a good rate on GolfNow. A note: the course plays long, even from the middle tees (~6500 yards) so it's a good challenge on a breezy day. Especially holes 11 and 12, which are a 450 yard Par 4 and a 250 yard Par 3 that played straight into the wind on my most recent outing. Over the course of the round, I would suggest playing your approach shots into the middle of the green regardless of the pin position because you will be faced with some testy chip shots if you miss the target. Enjoy!
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Average
Response from Miami Springs Golf & Country Club on 12/19/2016:
Thank you for your review! We really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and feedback. Some great advice for golfers who haven't played our course before. We look forward to your next round with us and hopefully it's not too windy for you.

Review of Squamish Valley Golf and Country Club

Played On 04/27/2016
I Recommend This Course
4.0

Hidden Gem!

A few reliable sources told me that Squamish was a nice track to play so I decided to give it a try. I drove from the North Shore and it took me less time to get there than I was expecting (approx. 40 mintues), so it is actually closer than a lot of the other courses in the Lower Mainland. First of all, the conditions at Squamish were fantastic! The greens in particular were a pleasant surprise. Smooth as glass, FAST and true. Among the best I have seen in a long time. The layout was also solid, without any peculiar holes. After I finished my round, I couldn't single out an individual hole that was my favorite because they are all so playable, aesthetically pleasing and fun. It is a flat course but still filled with tons of character and charm. It's also a relatively short course (6500 yards from the tips and 6200 yards from the Blue Tees, which I played) yet it still proved to be enough of a challenge. Birdies are hard to come by at Squamish, but it probably won't beat you up too badly. While it is tight in places, generally you are given generous landing areas off the tee. There are only a handful of water hazards to swallow up stray shots and even fewer forced carries (only 3 to my recollection). The approach shots are where I found the true challenge to come from. If you miss the putting surface, you will likely be faced with a difficult chip because there is a drop off surrounding most of the greens. My iron game was a bit lackluster today, and I definitely paid the price a couple of times. Fortunately, I had a good day with the putter and was able to salvage a 79. In terms of green fees - I played at 4 pm so I got on for $30. What a fantastic value! I would play this course again in a heart beat. While it's flashy neighbor Furry Creek nabs most of the attention, Squamish definitely boasts the finer layout. Truly a hidden gem!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good

Review of Furry Creek Golf and Country Club

Played On 04/26/2016
2.0

Strange Layout

Furry Creek boasts a sterling reputation among the BC golf community for its superb conditioning and unparalleled vistas. On top of that, it was the filming site for one of my favorite movies, Happy Gilmore, so needless to say I was excited to check this one out! Unfortunately, I was very disappointed with the design. It truly is a strange layout. Yes it has it's brilliant moments (#14 obviously, but also #1 and #3) but there were far too many wacky doglegs and Micky Mouse holes for me to fully enjoy myself. Conditions were great and the service was good, but I just couldn't get over the design. While I have been mostly pleased (though not blown away) by the Robert Muir Graves courses I have played in the past - not this time. It is to my understanding that Furry Creek originally opened as a private club, yet faced immediate financial difficulties and was forced to open up to the public a few years later. Now I understand why! You would be hard pressed to find anyone who would want to play this course every day. Furry Creek is, as several other reviewers have noted, very overrated!
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Fair
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Fair
Course Layout Fair

Review of Northlands Golf Course

Played On 04/24/2016
I Recommend This Course
4.0

A true Pacific Northwest course!

Played twilight and paid $45. Course is very hilly and challenging to walk. Conditions were good - greens were decent (despite the obvious abundance of golfers not fixing their ball marks), fairways/rough were lush and well groomed and the bunkers were in good repair. The layout unique from any other Les Furber course I have played, although it vaguely resembles Trickle Creek (Kimberley, BC) in spots. It is a very aesthetically pleasing course and features some awesome holes (#4, #7 and #18 were my favorites). It should be noted, Northlands is definitely not a course for beginners! Heed the advice that is on the sign by the first tee box - if you can't break 90, move up to the white tees. The scorecard makes it appear short, but it plays a lot tougher than the yardage indicates. If you are a low handicapper that is looking for a challenge, this is a great track to try. Also, if you are visiting Vancouver and looking for a true Pacific Northwest golf experience, you will be wowed by this course. It really encapsulates the region with it's running waterfalls, rocky outcroppings, mountainous terrain, lush greenery and dense rainforest. Bring a few extra balls and don't be too disappointed if you are a couple strokes over your handicap. I would give this one 3.5 stars if I could.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Fair
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Good

Review of Guildford Golf and Country Club

Played On 04/13/2016
I Recommend This Course
3.0

Good Spring Conditions - Mediocre Layout

I got a $15 tee-time thanks to "Hot Rates". I tried Guildford several years ago and remember it being very crowded and play was slow, but I played on a chilly weekday so I essentially had the place to myself this time around. Conditioning was generally very good. Greens were big, speedy, undulating and putted true. They were a little on the firm side, but held a well struck iron shot nicely. Fairways were thick and lush but soggy in spots. I had a few of my drives plug in the fairway/rough (including a "lost ball" on #15 after hitting it right down the pipe) but that is par for the course for this time of year in Vancouver. Bunkers were ok. The layout itself is average at best - some strange holes, blind tee shots and powerlines running through the course, but for $15 I can't complain. It is an inner-city course after all, and looks and plays as such. #16 is a fantastic par 3, and #18 is a nice finishing hole. I hit my driver poorly on the front 9 and struggled. I hit it better on the back and scored well as a result. The course can be very penalizing if you aren't getting it in play off the tee (plays tougher than its 70 rating and 117 slope). If you can get a really good deal on GolfNow, I would recommend this course for the shape of the greens alone, even if the design leaves a lot to be desired.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Fair
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Fair

Review of Newlands Golf and Country Club

Played On 04/06/2016
I Recommend This Course
3.0

GolfNow Rate

Played the last two days at 3 pm for $12 both times thanks to "Hot Rates". The rate included a cart, but I chose to walk today as it is a flat course. For the money, the course is a really great value. I mean TWELVE DOLLARS... Seriously?! Even the regular green fees seem to max out at $30 on GolfNow at this time of year. No, it's not Augusta National (or even one of the high end Vancouver courses), but it certainly isn't bad. It's short (6100 yards off the tips), but it's very narrow and the greens are small so its enough of a challenge. Conditions were ok.. greens are a bit slow as it appeared they punched them in the last week or so, but it wasn't a complete "goat track" or anything. Fairways were a bit soggy and the ball plugged a few times on tee shots and there were some muddy spots. But let's be real here: it's a heck of a deal for a decent day on the links. If you are aren't too picky about playing a premium course, I'd definitely recommend this one. In fact, I booked another $12 tee time for tomorrow!
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Average
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