It doesn’t seem like we get a lot of firsts when it comes to playing golf in B.C., but we had a chance to play Northlands Golf Course for the first time a few days ago. We booked our tee time on-line and had a few issues with the system kicking us out, but overall it was fairly easy. When we received our email conformation it included a coupon for a 15 ball warm-up bucket each at a driving range down the street. This was a nice bonus as Northlands does not have a range of its own. So after a short warm-up session we took the short 5 minute drive up to the clubhouse.
Jeff’s Opinion: On arrival the views from the clubhouse are outstanding and I couldn’t wait to have the opportunity to get on the course. One thing I didn’t expect, with the elevation of the course in North Vancouver, was how dry the property was. After a tough winter in Vancouver I anticipated a bit of slogging in some mud, but there were not any wet areas to speak of. For the time of year the course was in pretty good shape with some minor winter kill in the fairways and what appeared to be some deer prints left in the greens. The speed of the greens were good and met my expectation. It is not the most forgiving course, largely due to the terrain, which makes it tough for a beginner (and even us)!
Tara’s Opinion: Of course I checked out the golf shop first and it was very clean, tidy and well organized. While there were only two lines of ladies clothing on display the size and color selections were very good with some great new pieces to choose from. As for the course, although the red tees are short at only 5135 yards I did not have a very enjoyable day thanks to the many blind tee shots and second shots in which I had no idea where to aim or what lay ahead. However, the scenery was better than expected as was the 4th hole waterfall and its sound that carried across several holes. The clubhouse staff was friendly and the service good but the menu was basically typical pub food and could have had more interesting choices.
It’s a typical mountain layout with lots of tight tree lined fairways and ravines, but the views are spectacular. It is the type of course we would enjoy annually, but wouldn’t want to play on a daily basis.
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