St. George’s Golf & Country Club
Ontario, Canada

Fifth hole, 430 yards; The downhill drive is to a wickedly contoured fairway. Ideally the hump in the left side will kick the tee ball down into the flat, right part of the fairway. From there, the golfer has a better view of the green and will be hitting from a level stance. The green is not terribly wide at just 18 paces and there is a sharp drop off to the right.

Seventh hole, 440 yards; A beautifully bunkered hole with a bunker jutting in from the right at the 220 yard mark and two further up on the left at the 300 mark. The green rises 24 feet from the 150 yard mark, so always take at least one extra club. This rise also signifies that the green is on top of a knoll and any putt from above is a terror.

Twelfth hole, 380 yards; The green is placed on a ledge and anything short rolls well back down the fairway. Of course, anything long and the golfer faces a nasty putt down the slick slope of the green. The approach is one of the most exacting on the course, as befits a hole of this length.

The well defended 14th green with the stream on the left.

Fourteeth hole, 445 yards; The ideal use of a stream, this one appears on the right hand side of the fairway and travels up the length of the hole before cutting in front of the green. The down slope in the fairway starts two hundreds from the green: some players opt to lay up to this point for the sake of a flat lie and others hope to get as much run down the slope as possible to shorten their second. Though six bunkers frame the green, it is the stream that gets everyone’s attention. The green mercifully offers some of the straighter putts on the course.

Fifteenth hole, yards; A vast hole that twists through its own valley before being capped off by a green perched some 40 feet above the 150 yard marker. The fairway bunkering cut into the sides of the valley show the way and serve to accentuate the holes beauty. This hole is but another example of Thompson’s mastery of fairway bunkering.

Heading up the difficult 18th, with the clubhouse in the background.

Final three holes; The finish enjoys the reputation as being amongst the finest in Canada and beyond. The 16th is a 200 yard par three up a hill some 16 feet but most first time visitors are deceived into thinking the shot is over level terrain. The ensuing chip and putt is rarely successful. The next bogey comes at the 17th, a stout two-shotter of 470 yards to a 15 yard wide green (yikes!) that juts onto a peninsula with deep grassy valleys on each side. The finally hole parallels the 17th and heads directly back toward the imposing English style clubhouse. Again, the green is almost 40 feet above the tee so the hole plays the full measure of 450 yards.

After the 18th green, you have a clear view down the valley of the lovely first hole. The appeal and pull of the course is such that many golfers go back out for a few more holes. This feature of enjoyment separates St. George’s Golf & Country Club from the modern, big budget pretenders around Toronto that just wear you out. Stanley Thompson would smile, content in knowing St. George’s has more than stood the test of time.

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