AVON, ON The votes are in and Tarandowah Golfers Club is the overwhelming favourite as the "Best New" golf course in Ontario for 2008.
Panellists from both Ontario Golf and Fairways magazines rated Tarandowah, a unique inland links golf experience designed by renowned English golf course architect Dr. Martin Hawtree, as the clear cut winner, while raving about the course and its outstanding value. Prime time green fees at the London area course are just $40 on weekdays and $45 on weekends.
Earlier this summer Tarandowah Golfer's Club finished third in SCOREGolf magazine's rankings of the "Best New" courses across Canada for 2008 and was rated the "Best New" public course in Ontario.
"We're absolutely delighted and honoured to be recognized with these awards," says Head Professional Dave Schweyer. "There has been a significant buzz locally because we're such a unique product. Now we're also seeing people from all over, from Windsor to Toronto, coming here because the club is developing a name for itself as a challenging, but fair golf course that's fun to play."
Tarandowah received six first place votes, double its closest competitor, from the 13 Ontario Golf Magazine panellists.
"This is as
authentic as it gets in our country. The only thing missing is the seaside,"
says Craig Loughry, the director of handicapping and course rating for
the Golf Association of Ontario. "The layout and grounds have so
much character with unique bunkering and great rolling fairways that
you could never get bored playing here. This is simply a MUST play course."
"North Sea, be damned - in a province overrun with "links-style" courses, Tarandowah is the real deal - a fescue-trimmed, pot-bunker-pockmarked roller-coaster ride that can be an angry, wind-whipped brute even without an ocean at its doorstep," says golf writer James McCarten. "This is a cool course for London to have in its backyard, so to speak _ and at $45 it's a truly screaming deal. It's probably not for the faint of heart, but players who relish a challenge have their work cut out."
Fairways Publisher, Peter Mumford says more than half his panellists gave Tarandowah their first place votes. "Tarandowah forces you to be imaginative with every shot. The combination of strategically placed pot bunkers and contoured fairways requires a high degree of creativity and the ability to execute a variety of shots, both to keep your ball in play and score well. The course ranks with the best of the inland links style courses in Canada and would be right at home in Scotland or Ireland. A real treat to play."
Tarandowah is a challenging 5,380 to 7,067-yard, par-70 layout that's a little on the wild side. The serene countryside layout is defined by rolling windswept fairways, gnarly fescue, undulating greens and more than 104 tiny round pot bunkers that have been scattered literally - everywhere. The Club is located eight minutes south of the 401 Highway/Putnam Road exit on the south side of the Village of Avon. The Club is 15 minutes east of London and 30 minutes from Brantford.
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