CANADIAN GOLF MAGAZINE (CGM) RATING:
GREAT VALUE IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO
Sometimes we just want to find a golf course that checks all the boxes — Mill Run Golf Club in Uxbridge, Ontario does just that.
Home to three nines and a total of 27 holes, our review focuses on the original course consisting of the Grist and Wheel.
Although the Grind nine is scenic, its name is well suited in that playing it can be a grind. It has some funky holes and is much too severe in spots. But the original layout is a solid one, with a beautiful setting and a green fee that makes it one of the best values in Southern Ontario. There’s elevation change, target and strategic style holes, it’s playable by all handicaps and it’s walkable.
All these things make Mill Run a great value play in Southern Ontario.
The course itself features a mix of holes with mostly sub-400 yard par-4s but a strong set of par-3s and testy par-5s that can sneak up on you in subtle ways. The greens feature quite a bit of slope and are affected by the valley in many spots causing golfers to question their green reading abilities. Add to that their speed, which was about the fastest we’ve seen all year even though it was the end of October when we visited, and you have a very strong set of carpets.
Mill Run is no frills golf. That’s not surprising considering its architect Rene Muylaert who is responsible for other courses in the area like St. Andrews Valley and Diamondback. Sure, he may have had a penchant for over-mounding, but like the other courses mentioned, Mill Run is solid golf without the bells and whistles or overindulgence and opulence of modern day layouts. It may not be big and bold but its quaint, compact feel appeals to our sensibilities.
- Type: Semi-Private
- Season: April – October
- Location: Uxbridge, Ontario
- Architect: Rene Muylaert
- Year opened: 1984
- Holes: 27
- Grist/Wheel: Par 72 | Length: 6690 yards | Slope: 135 | Rating: 71.3
19TH HOLE THOUGHTS
Stick to the Grist and Wheel and you have yourself a solid golf course that can be played on a regular basis for what are basically bargain basement rates compared to the competition closer to the city.
The topography is beautiful here and the course is always in at least very good condition. The greens are especially noteworthy and will provide all the challenge a golfer could ask for.
There is an executive course on property as well where two of us here at CGM learned to golf in our early years. It’s a great place to learn but also good for a quick round or maybe a few extra holes after playing the championship course.
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