It was recently announced that the Algonquin Golf Club will be receiving a multi-million dollar upgrade and we thought it would be a great time to post a photo tour of the golf course before the work began earlier this year.

These photos are from our east coast swing last season. We made sure to stop over in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, NB to check out the Algonquin Golf Club and Algonquin Resort because we’d heard great things about the golf course. What we found was a Tom McBroom design that works its way around the property in a smart and efficient manner.

We were also pleasantly surprised to find that the course is “down with brown” and was playing firm and fast — just how we like it. Firm and fast conditions make golf more fun. It challenges the better player and makes a round for the higher handicapper more enjoyable. Apart from that, it’s also much more sustainable from a maintenance perspective and that’s great for everyone.

The Tom McBroom golf course features a strong routing with many classic design elements and a back nine that takes advantage of its charming seaside location. Along with some of the best views anywhere in North America, we were awestruck by the stunningly iconic drop shot par-3 12th, which ranks among the best in Canada.

The course sits on a property that works downhill towards the water. The front nine sits on higher ground and offers holes with split fairways, nicely sweeping doglegs and uses the subtle land to nice effect. There is also a bit of a river that runs through it with some greens set inside the river valley.

Contrasting the front nine is the inward half which moves down a fairly steep slope towards the water. The layout diffuses most of the elevation change at the aforementioned par-3 12th and another elevated tee shot on the quaint par-5 13th. The rest of the holes work laterally up the slope to alleviate the severity of the elevation change.

The views on the back nine are unmatched in golf with St. Andrews across the water and sailboats dotting the harbor in the background on almost every hole. Other standouts include the very solid dogleg left par-4 15th playing uphill to a tough green. That’s followed by a reachable par-4 at the 16th where trouble awaits almost everywhere and the par-5 17th with the resort looming in the background.

The upgrade will come at the hands of the very capable Canadian architect Rod Whitman who has received quite a bit of fanfare in recent years with courses like Cabot Links and Sagebrush. We’ll be interested to see exactly what’s happening in detail and compare to what’s already there. That means another trip is in order soon.

Until then enjoy the pictures!

FRONT NINE

BACK NINE

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