When we heard there was a Stanley Thompson designed nine holes up near Beaverton in Ontario, we automatically added it to our must play list. We’re big fans of Stanley Thompson and we’re also big fans of rural courses that serve the local community but prove to be great value for everyone — and Cedarhurst certainly represents great value.

With the long talked about Highway 404 extension finally open after all these years, Cedarhurst is closer than ever. No more than an hour from the GTA, it’s a surprisingly popular golf course due to the surrounding area rich with cottagers and weekend visitors alike. With limited time we only had a chance to play the front nine — the nine designed by Thompson — but with a $38 weekend green fee for 18 holes walking or $22 for 9, it’s hard to think of a better course dollar for dollar.

Like many small golf course operations located in small communities, Cedarhurst is a no frills solid play. It isn’t the latest and greatest golf course designed by the biggest name in modern golf with a swanky clubhouse and a brawny, big design, but it makes up for it with a quaint, compact and cozy routing.

Cedarhurst is a semi-private golf course. It’s easy to tell its members are very proud of the place and so they should be. We saw two members who had walked out to the 8th hole just to check on the progress of repairs to the teeing area and they took the time to inform us they couldn’t wait until it was opened. They said they hadn’t played that day, but wanted to drop in to see how things are coming along.

Conditions when we visited were very good. Fairways were well kept, and though the greens were a little soft due to all the rain the area has received over the spring, they were in fine shape and ran smooth, if not a bit slow.

The front nine is somewhat short by today’s standards, but has some good short par-4’s mixed in the bunch. Shotmaking wins the day here, but there’s also a whopping 230+ yard par-3 at the third that will have any Thompson fan glad they stopped by.

Everything about the club made Cederhurst well worth a visit. From the small “country style” clubhouse and pro shop to the grass parking lot that takes you away from the busy modern lifestyle to the leisurely walk among the cedars of the front nine, Cedarhurst is what we wish more golf courses tried to be like.

We’ll return without a doubt and hopefully everything remains exactly the same.

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