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“Where have you been all my golfing life?”

Canadian Golf & Country Club
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Ashton
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

The best course I have ever played, on four separate continents.

It's located adjacent to Highway 7, on the East side of the highway. Signs are abundant in navigating to the course. as you pull into the parking lot, the spaces are all in the front, and the best driving range I have seen on four continents is on your right. Most ranges just have banners or signs for distances, but the Canadian has mounds, greens, flags, pins, and then podiums with the driving mats showing distances in yards to the various landmarks, as far as 300+ yards out, by far the largest area for a driving range/practice range I have seen.

They also have an electronic ball dispenser, purchase your bucket in the pro shop, and head on over to the machine at the practice green, punch in your code, and your balls come out, delivered into the bucket you've got to put down prior or chase a few dozen golf balls bouncing everywhere.

They also have a separate putting AND chipping green as well. and it is quite wicked with undulations anywhere from 6 inches to as much as 12-18 inches, where you can definitely get practice putting and chipping on anything but a flat green. They also have a practice hole next to the first tee in case you're held up, just a short par 3, about 100 yards roughly. and the cart paths are about 90% complete, completely paved asphalt, and the best I've seen yet.

The proshop is quite lavish and very well stocked and full. I went Thanksgiving weekend and the sales were all over, but on to the course.

The first 10 or 12 holes are framed by the pine and maple trees, and about half of them have some water hazards on their borders as well as running across your ball flight path. Just getting to the back 9, you get to hole 13 or 14, and it opens up to a newer architecture, and while the differences between old and new are distinctive, it's even more of a challenge! First newly constructed hole has water down the entire right side. the NEXT 2 holes have 2 huge ponds on the right, splitting them, with the 17th as a short par 5, dog leg 90 full degrees to the left, enticing most golfers to "go for it" and drive an elevated green. What they don't realize are the greenside bunkers all around, and the water is almost the entire way to the cart path running to the left of the green. (I laid up, played safe, and got a par with a great chip-in, but that's a story over drinks & dinner, right?)

As for my theory to play courses once to maximize my number of courses played, I"m going back again this weekend to play the Canadian once again, it is THAT good. I recommend it for all levels, though beginners may be overwhelmed with having to play a very accurate tee shot or risk gaining a stroke or two on your subsequent shots. Best course I have played in almost 10 years, without a doubt.

***UPDATE*** 10/19/2013

The golf carts have an overhead display with your distance for each hole, approach shots and their distances from your current location, and then from the proposed/recommended location to the middle of the green. You can touch anywhere on the screen to get a very accurate distance of your location to where you touch. Bear in mind, the carts are supposed to remain on the paved golf paths, or they move at a snail's pace when taken too far off (as I found out, first hand experience).

You can also order food from there that is not only taken, but then one of the folks working there (a course marshal brought the drinks and food out this day) delivers and takes payment!! I am in mourning until I can get back out here again!

Thank Dave K
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