McCleery Golf Course

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This is a very beautiful golf course. The fairways have some character, with just the right amount of sand and water. McCleery would be an excellent course to play in the autumn if you enjoy golfing with brilliant fall colors.

The course Marshall was really on his toes and kept everyone playing to speed, but did so in a very nice manner.

The price for 18 holes and cart rental came to just over $60 per person.

Didn't try the restaurant this time out, but I'm sure I'll be back.

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There are three public access golf courses in Vancouver proper: Fraserview, Langara, and my favourite McCleery.

McCleery has the middle price point between the three with Summer weekend rates at $65 per round.  Sounds like a lot of money to those who may have not golfed before, but it is one of the cheaper places in the Vancouver area, and worth the price in my opinion.

All the courses are beautiful however, what makes McCleery stand out for me is it's difficulty (the most challenging one) with tight fairways, long par threes and enough water to make you question shot selection when you stand up next to your ball.  

A warning in advance: Hole #10 regardless if you tee off from red, white or blue will make you learn new swear words.  It's impossibly long, uphill, and even when you get to the green you realize its like a ramp.  However after struggling through #10 and the uphill walk, you will be rewarded with #11 a long par 5, that has an amazing tee box view.  Bomb away with driver.

For those who enjoy a beer and burger or snacks there is fairly large casual dining area inside and a patio outside for nice days.   They have basic breakfast and lunch foods and small selection of beer.   I believe they have a deal for a beer and burger for $14, not bad.  My usual snack after 9 holes is their sausage rolls.  If you can get them fresh they are rock solid.

Tip: if you want a decent morning/early tee time on Sundays, make sure you go online at 7:00pm on the dot on Tuesdays to book your time.

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A tough, target-style well kept muni course with many beautiful old trees.  The trees encroach on many of the landing areas but, course management and well-conceived shots will earn you a low score.  Playing from forward tees not only moves you closer to the landing areas but also changes the angles to avoid many trees.  The forward tees lower the slope rating from 130 down to 119 making it downright idyllic.

One star off because the summer prices are unreasonable.  $80 including a cart is unreasonable.  There are many other courses of equal or better layout and condition within an hour drive for a fraction of the price.

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McCleery is a beautiful course on the banks of the Fraser River, designed by Canadian architect Ted Baker and established in 1959.  This 6265 yards, par 71, 18-hole course is one of the nicest public courses in Vancouver, sister to Langara Golf Course and Fraserview Golf Course.

It features gently sloping fairways, sprinkled with pretty water hazards.  With mature trees framing each narrow fairway, golfers are required to focus the shots in a more meticulous manner. A beginner like me could only count my beginner's luck for my ball to find its way.

The most enjoyable part was the abundance of wild lives present. My heart leaped up with the green was surrounded by the goose (tried not to let the poops bug me) and when a baby coyote peaked its curious head out from the bushes.  This is an escape from the bustling city.


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The toughest of the three municipal courses in Vancouver.  In the front 9 there is a 200+ yd par 3 from the blue tees.  In the back 9, there is a 428 yd uphill par 4.  

Located in the southlands area, this is a nice course with a nice clubhouse and driving range.

My only complaint is that on one of the back 9 holes, I think it is #14, there are soooo many approach divots to the green.  It is only on this hole.  Why? I don't get it.

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