I spent the last week in Winnipeg and had the pleasure of playing golf at Kingwood Golf Club in La Salle on Saturday morning. Despite the frost delay and the chilly morning conditions once it warmed up it was a perfect sunny day on the Prairies. The weekend green fee rate with a half cart was a steal compared to BC prices and the course was still in very good condition for the end of September. The par 71 layout included 5 great par 3 holes and the set of ladies tees at just over 5,400 yards made those long par 3’s playable and enjoyable. The best part of the day was playing golf with my three uncles and two cousins and all of us having a great time!

Lunch on Tuesday at Step N Out was a treat. The room holds only 35 guests with tables tucked into nooks and crannies and is filled to the roof with screen and stage memorabilia as well as shoes. Yes, collectable shoes of all types. You could spend more time looking at all of the treasures than eating your meal but you shouldn’t because the food is excellent. The handwritten menu board is a unique way to offer changes to the menu daily. The almond crusted goat cheese salad and the escargot stuffed mushroom appetizers were both winners. Lunch time mains included pasta, crepes, a wide variety of large salads and the chef’s choice. The curried pumpkin ravioli mixed interesting flavors and was delicious. If you go be sure to make a reservation. Food – GREAT, Service – GOOD, Atmosphere – GREAT

Friday golf was played at River Oaks also in La Salle and again the green fee rate was very affordable. However, this time the condition of the golf course was more reflective of the price. The fairways and rough were not as lush as at Kingswood and the greens were a bit spotty. Still, the par 72 layout with two sets of tees at 5,100 and 5,900 yards was primarily open and fun to play. Our foursome managed the ninth hole island green with only one ball in the water. The continuing great weather made golfing Manitoba in October a treat.

Saturday we took my niece to play nine holes at Harbour View Golf Course (an Executive Course). I knew that my short game needed some work and this course proved it again. At 1,300 yards, the longest two holes are 195 and 150 yards with the rest of the holes falling around 100 yards. Three water hazards provide a challenge and there is a surprising amount of elevation change. The course was in very good shape for October and the resident dog was doing a great job of keeping the Canada Geese away. My mom who does not golf regularly almost out scored me. Perhaps this will be enough motivation for me to get out to University Golf Course regularly this winter to work on my short game.