Over the Thanksgiving long weekend I had the pleasure of playing the Canal course at Northview Golf Course.
To be honest the conditions were not ideal... the course had just gone through a major aeration project. I guess the course needed to be maintained for the winter golf session. The fairways were sandy and the greens were playing extremely slow! If you didn't add 30 to 40 percent extra your putt was going to be grandma short!
I recognized that conditions were not going to be ideal, but I really like the layout of this course. Flat yet challenging this course is going to test golfers at all levels.
I've played here years ago, but after coming back I want to try this course in the summer when golf conditions are ideal!
Two consecutive summers and two opportunities at this Arnie Palmer designed golf course. Both times I played the Ridge Course. Green fees are about $60ish during the weekday without cart. Both times we walked the course with our push/pull carts. Pro shop guys and the old man at the starter keep it professional. If your group lags behind, that same old man will undoubtedly come around to tell you to pick it up. There are 5 tees to choose from, black being the hardest and considered for the pros (Palmer black - champion blue - regular white - green - forward red).
In my opinion, the first nine is harder than the back nine. The front plays more on a variety of elevations, whereas the back nine is a more flat. There will be some narrow fairways so I hope you can control that driver. Be ready for an ample of hazards throughout your day on Ridge. There are plentiful of water and sand traps so you'll never get thirsty and will have numerous chances to build sand castles.
Be weary of the par 3s. They're not as easy as they seem. Watch out for multi-tiered greens and as always, random gust is an important factor to consider here.
Random recollection from my time on Ridge Course:
Hole #1, both times playing here I teed it up with either my long iron/hybrid/fairway wood. Just make sure you clear those bunkers in the middle of the fairway or go slightly left of them.
Hole #2, keep it straight because the Canadian trees are no joke. These beanstalk like trees have occupied these lands for centuries and your golf ball will become a needle in a haystack if you flirt with them.
Hole #3, almost blinding slight dog right par 4. Second shot is downhill onto the green.
Hole #8 will tempt you to go for it, as in drive the hole. It's a short par 4 but there's danger ominously lurking. Water hazard to the right, bunkers surrounding the green, and too far left is good bye country. Make the call accordingly to your skills.
Hole #10, water left/water right. Long hitters be warned. Plus the driving range is on the left side so don't mistaken your ball for a range one.
Holes #14 and 17 approach shots are similar to one another. Half the green is surrounded with water on its right side. Proceed with caution or be ready to go fishing.
Hole #18 is a par 5 PGA worthy finish. Two fairways: left is open and safe and will probably require you to get there in three. Right is possible to get there in two shots. The second shot will need UAV missile guided style precision because you're not only hitting it over the huge body of water, but the green is small especially when there are bunkers lurking about. The view on this hole is probably one of the best for the Ridge Course. No pressure with the random eyes from the clubhouse/dining deck which overlooks the green of this hole.
I really enjoyed playing at Northview even though both my times were on the Ridge Course. It just gives me an excuse to come back to tackle the Canal Course. The greens were in pristine conditions and the fairways are perfectly manicured. They obviously pride themselves in keeping this course well maintained and up to Mr. Arnold Palmer's standards. The course is about a 45 minute south drive from Vancouver. Looking forward to returning visits.
My wife and I had dinner in the Palmer Room for our 35th wedding anniversary. The entire experience was memorable. The staff form the Maitre'd Emilio through Rose, our server to Alexa, the bus person all made us feel welcome as if we were old friends. The service was attentive yet unobtrusive. The suggestions were informative and beautifully described, with no sense of sales pressure. It was as if they were sharing impressions with friends.
And the food! My wife started with asparagus and proscuttio with Asiago. I had bacon wrapped prawns. Both starters were tasty, well presented and appropriately portioned. For a main, I had a steak with an onion sauce and fresh garden veggies. It was perfect. My wife had the rack of lamb and wouldn't stop talking about it. Dessert was ceame brûlée and a lovely light lemon cheese cake
The setting for the meal was a large room with picture windows overlooking the course and the mountains.
We will be back.
I've had a chance to golf here and dine here. Both were great. Beautiful surroundings and I've only experienced excellent customer service. Menu specials offered great value as well with no compromise.
Courses are great, both of them. However, you will be continuously greeted by completely rude and obnoxious guys working in the pro-shop.
I guess it's a privilege or something.
For the price, it's just not worth taking the attitude.
Drive 10 minutes South, and play the same quality courses for half the cost.
I must say though, course marshals and the rest of the team is pretty darn friendly.
Just tired of the guys at the counter... seriously.