CANADIAN GOLF MAGAZINE RATING: MUST PLAY
9 holes is our new favorite way of playing golf. We don’t have time for 18 holes of annoying slow players and it’s a non-issue when we only play 9 holes. Besides that we just don’t care to play 18 holes of golf.
The funny thing about when we started playing 9 holes is that we actually wanted to play golf more often. And because of that we started wanting to find places to play 9 holes more often. One such place is a 9 hole golf course called Allandale in Innisfil, Ontario.
It’s a Stanley Thompson design — not that anyone should really care who designed their golf course — and it’s the exact type of mom and pop golf course we love like a cold one after a steamy round.
Being from southern Ontario, we’re used to pulling out a c-note every time we go play some stick. When we visit places like Allandale and all we have to shell out is a quarter c for 9 holes we hear angels in the background. $30 – $35 is exactly how much we think golf should cost and that’s what it costs (even less) at Allandale.
- Type: Semi-private
- Season: May – October
- Architect: Stanley Thompson
- Location: Innisfil, Ontario, Canada
- Year opened: 1932
- Holes: 9 | Par 35 | Length: 3250 yards | Slope: 132 | Rating: 35.4
- Website: Here
Holy smokes this place is a sleeper if you are the kind of stickballer that likes old style classic golf courses. To start, it’s the perfect beer belly walking golfer’s golf course — you can fall over in a drunken stupor from any green and end up on the next tee.
This is good because we are sometimes lazy but we “elect” to walk whenever we can as a means of breaking free from that laziness. We could give you some kinda holier than thou explanation about how golf was meant to be played walking and yadda yadda yadda, but we don’t give a flying heap about that…weI do it for the steps.
There are a couple of really long par 3s at Allandale. The 3rd hole was something like 240 yards to a small well guarded green into the wind! Hitting that shot we were clenching our butt cheeks so tight, not because we were nervous, but because we were trying to crank 3 woods so hard it’s the only thing that kept us from having an accident in our pants.
Our favourite part about Allandale is how it was in perfect condition, which wouldn’t be perfect to you, but still perfect to us. The greens ran at speeds that were very conducive to making putts and looked spec-tack-u-lair…literally some of the more flawless greens we’ve seen all season in terms of ball marks.
Apart from that, Allandale played firm like a beautiful bottom. We’ve been getting torrentially torrential rain all year but our balls were bouncing like Snoop Dog’s 1967 Caddy. We were running balls into greens and drives were getting bounces into trees like no tomorrow, and that’s our definition of F-U-N.
The par 5’s were pretty good too! The 1st and 9th were very good, but the 5th was a standout even though it is a bit short. A very natural green site and the sweeping uphill dogleg work together like bread and butter.
19TH HOLE THOUGHTS
Allandale is the exact type of golf course we would play everyday for the rest of our stickball days. It’s quaint, quiet, fun, sporty, somewhat quirky and all we would need from a golf course.
Being 9 holes a lot of people stay away because they are too good for 9 holes, which is perfect. The fact that so many need their 18 holes like they need their daily caffeine fix or they don’t consider a golf course golf works for us because it keeps the slow pokes at bay.
So to all you slowpokes out there stay away from Allandale.
To all those likes us we hope to see you at Allandale.
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