Review Written by Ryan Murphy & Trevor Lush
ONE COURSE, TWO PERSPECTIVES. Ryan Murphy and Trevor Lush present their review of Glen Abbey from the point of view of both an average duffer and an elite golfer. Ryan, or “Hack”, is a weekend warrior who enjoys golf for the camaraderie, the unrivalled feeling of a purely hit shot and being outdoors in some of Ontario’s most beautiful areas. Trevor, or “Scratch”, has been hitting shots better than most since he was 3 years old. He brings his unique insight from the perspective of an elite player.
Although I was talked into playing from the Gold tees with my foursome, the distance at Glen Abbey only came into play for me on the Par 5 13th hole, which at 529 yards requires a solid drive and a couple of decent approach shots to reach the green in regulation.
While the “Valley Holes” are all very picturesque, my favourite is the last of them, the Par 3 15th. Playing about a club and a half longer than the yardage indicates, the 15th allows a nice, full-swing shot with a wedge or nine iron. It wound up being my best shot of the day, landing it above the pin for a three-foot birdie try.
The course, while perhaps not as challenging as other ClubLink properties for above average golfers, holds enough in terms of accuracy and shot placement to keep average golfers honest.
Glen Abbey Golf Club is a measuring stick for Canadian golfers. While the professional tees are rarely available for daily play, the Gold tees present a challenge for golfers of all levels.
Your tee ball will play an integral role throughout your round. With heavy rough and water hazards lining most fairways, wayward tee shots are punished heavily. Adequate tee shots will leave you with mid to low-iron approach shots on almost every hole. The greens roll well, and putts are not subject to severe breaks.
The short Par 5 18th – playing 488 yards – provides an opportunity to make your round memorable. Drawing inspiration from Tiger Woods, most golfers will want to go after this green in two shots. A strong drive will leave you with anything from a long iron to a wedge for your approach over a large pond. You’re forced to hit a high, soft approach to a green that slopes left to right. With little margin for error, wayward shots will leave you with a slippery pitch or a two stroke penalty. Scores ranging from eagles to doubles are the norm for this tricky finishing hole.