CANADIAN GOLF MAGAZINE RATING:
WORTH A VISIT IF DRIVING BY

All we hear from golf media nowadays is how they all want to “grow the game.” But every time they talk about a golf course they’re always talking about some sort of swanky destination golf course or private club golf writers get to play for free and want everyone to be jealous of them for playing.

That’s fine by us, because we’ll just give them the one finger salute, hike up our jeans, put on our untucked shirts and make our way to a local mom and pop golf course over those places any day of the week.

Mom and pop golf courses are the courses that grow the game and the future of golf is jeopardized because nobody talks about them anymore. These golf courses can’t afford to give away thousands of free rounds to the golfing media or pay for the same old golf media coverage that helps nobody.

They’re better off, though. Because this isn’t the type of golf mainstream golf media would give two m&m’s about, but it’s the type of golf that’s sustained the game in North America for decades.

We were driving around our home region of Southern Ontario when we came across a half empty parking lot and a very green looking golf course called Pines of Georgina in Pefferlaw. It looked empty and we had our shovels with us, so we decided to stop and see if we could get on for a zippy round.

We made our way into the pro shop that looked like it was from the mid-70s, paid the $29 green fee to walk, and off we went with nothing but an open golf course ahead of us.

THE STATS

  • Type: Public
  • Season: May – October
  • Architect: Who knows
  • Location: Pefferlaw, Ontario, Canada
  • Year opened: 1945
  • Holes: 18 | Par 70 | Length: 6007 yards | Slope: 120 | Rating: 68.7

THE COURSE

The great thing about mom and pop golf courses is that most of the time they’re no frills golf. Some are better than others, but these bearded golfers are mostly only looking for a tee box, a fairway and a half decent maintained green — Pines of Georgina gave exactly that.

It’s a shorter course, but we were there to hit balls with a stick and try to find a hole to put our balls in to not concern ourselves with yardage. When we visit a new golf course we never look at the scorecard. We never look at a scorecard. We look for hole signage if they have it and go from there. So while we were playing, we had no clue the course measured just 6000 yards…and we didn’t care…and we don’t care.

The conditions were fine. What we mean by that is they were neither bad nor great…we’d say good enough…though the greens rolled smooth and decently speedy.

The course would fit in well somewhere in the south; we expected a gator to pop out of one of those marshy ponds. It’s a low lying course and essentially plays through marshlands the whole way. That means some fairways, or most fairways, are soft. We didn’t mind because it made this claustrophobically tight course play wider and longer. It probably hasn’t helped that Southern Ontario has had an abnormally wet spring, but still the course was in playable condition in the vast majority of places.

There are no stellar holes here, the property is easily walked and the holes are crammed together in spots with the namesake pine providing the only protection to the golfer from stray balls…something ours have been known to do with regularity.

A unique feature, and maybe something we’ve never seen before, is that Pines of Georgina is a full length golf course that not only starts with a par-3 but ends with one too. They are also probably the two best par-3s on the golf course.

19TH HOLE THOUGHTS

All in all we had way too much fun with essentially the entire course to ourselves. Supposedly this isn’t uncommon here, sadly. We guess that’s what happens when you don’t have media, writers, bloggers, floggers and raters getting comped rounds on a daily basis.

We finished in just over 2 hours playing through two groups that waived us up. The atmosphere here is super laid back. We’d never get waived up on a golf course anywhere near where we live. The course is essentially in cottage country and it seemed nobody had a problem letting us through.

Over the course of our two hours at Pines of Georgina we lost a couple balls on the tight holes, moved our balls out of a couple of plugged lies, got bitten by various mosquitoes, grounded our clubs in the bunkers, never pulled the pin, almost got hit by a drive, played one par-4 with nothing but our 7-irons and got in our daily minimum 10,000 steps to work off the beers we’d been drinking for just $29 walking.

And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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