Cedar Brae is one of those golf courses with a special location that not many people know or talk about. We would too if we were member’s here.
The Rouge National Urban Park is the only of its kind in all of Canada and, really, an urban park unlike any we’ve seen in the world — Cedar Brae is its neighbour. In fact, Cedar Brae lies mostly within the Rouge River Valley and many holes take advantage of not only the tranquil setting, but also the unique challenges it provides in the form of the river itself, which winds its way through the property.
Starting atop the valley, the layout here works its way along the valley edge through to the 3rd hole. From there, you come across the short but tricky par-3 4th which dives into the valley. There are some tough holes down there and almost every par-3 crosses the river offering a beautiful setting and stern test. For the 10th and 11th, you come back up to higher ground, but the rest of the course lies back in the valley. This routing makes for some interesting elevation changes and variety.
Cedar Brae is a classic course with tree lined fairways, gentle doglegs and quick, sloping greens. You’d be well served staying below the hole throughout the round as anything else can prove detrimental to the scorecard. Greens are well-bunkered and have, in some instances, different plateaus demanding precise approach shots. Depending on the angle of play, many sit diagonal to the approach shot making things all the more interesting.
Cedar Brae has a reputation for being one of the best conditioned courses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and we couldn’t agree more. From tee to green there was barely a blade of grass out of place. Greens rolled extremely smooth, rolled out and were definitely speedy. It’s always nice to know you can start a putt on your line and that it will stay on that line.
Cedar Brae has quickly become one of the bestl member clubs in the city. A new clubhouse is one of the finest in Ontario and quite jaw-dropping. It’s elegant and just the right size. It also sits within close proximity to the driving range, practice putting/chipping greens and first and tenth tees. I love this sort of compact setup; I’ve never been a fan of driving ranges that are cart rides away.
With its location so close to the city, a challenging layout, good practice facilities and one of the best clubhouses in all of Southern Ontario, there’s not much else you can ask for in a golf course and their membership offers are quite attractive.
An urban location with a decidedly rural feel is something we love in a golf club, and we found it at Cedar Brae.
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