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Pakenham Golf & Country Club

 

As Reviewed By "Two Guys Who Golf", Ontario...

Pakenham Highlands Golf Club is situated in the Village of Pakenham which is approximately 20 minutes from Canada's Capital, Ottawa, and about 3.75 hours from Toronto. They feature a 27 hole championship course with three definitive 9's : The Lake Course, The Canyon Course and the Island Course.

Pakenham was designed by golf architects Bill Dolgos & Associates who took full advantage of the wetlands, rolling hills and open spaces that make up this 196 acre facility. The natural setting and old stands of trees as well as the streams and ponds give this course its comfortable ambiance.

Each course features 3 sets of tees. The Lake plays 3 ,174 yards from the back, the Canyon plays 3302 and the Island Course plays 3308 yards.

The Lake course which is very pictureque with a lot of water and beautiful gardens. The course is short, but very challenging. Undulating fairways & greens in a variety of settings with water in play on many of the holes.

The lay of the land made the greens look deceivingly close - rely on the score card and markers for distances and choose the right club. Enjoy the par 5 #5! This hole plays over 2 water hazards and doglegs to the right with bunkers protecting designated hit area of the fairway. Overall, this 9 is an enjoyable play for golfers of all ability.

The Canyon course plays a bit tighter than the Lake. Accuracy is essential and water comes into play on a few holes. This 9 is very challenging.

The first hole on this set tees off over a large body of water and the hazard is encountered again just in front of the green. The aesthetics of the Canyon is perfect with ponds and natural wetlands adding to the flora and fauna found throughout Pakenham's acreage.

Also notable are the par 3's - the 2nd green is located at the bottom of a narrow fairway that is lined with wetland and a stream on the left and dense foilage on the right , and the 4th hole with water & brush between the green and the teeboxes.

The front of Island plays long with wide open fairways bordered by water hazards. The signature hole is #6. It is a very long par 3 over a large body of water onto an island. The slope on the rough around the green is dense but fairly narrow. This is a difficult and challenging hole that is sure to intimidate even the most seasoned golfer.

The Pakenham Golf Club was a beautiful experience. Each 9 presented a different challenge and offered a unique golfing experience. The facilities were excellent. The pro shop is located in a turn-of-the-century stone manor which has been painstakingly restored. They have a great and friendly staff. The course marshall was especially helpful and tactful.

Pakenham and Calabogie Highlands are part of the Highlands Resort and guests of the resort take advantage of special stay and play packages. Green fees are as reasonable here as they are at Calabogie. A very good value for an exciting day of golf! Pakenham Highlands is easy to find. It is located off Hwy 15 south of Arnprior.

 

Scorecards

 

LAKE 9
Hole Men's Women's 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out
Black Tees-HCP 80-under 75-under 357 175 503 176 510 142 401 411 499 3174
4 5 8 3 6 9 1 2 7
Middle Tees-HCP 81-105 76-80 340 149 474 164 480 129 381 383 484 2984
5 7 1 6 2 9 3 4 8
Forward Tees-HCP 106-over 86-over 310 114 425 153 457 124 333 345 427 2688
6 8 1 5 2 9 4 3 7
                         
                         
PAR     4 3 5 3 5 3 4 4 5 36
LAKE

 

 

 

CANYON 9
Hole Men's Women's 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out
Black Tees-HCP 80-under 75-under 404 179 371 140 497 395 383 400 533 3302
1 3 5 9 8 6 7 4 2
Middle Tees-HCP 81-105 76-80 333 143 334 124 486 384 360 364 512 3040
3 8 1 9 6 7 4 5 2
Forward Tees-HCP 106-over 86-over 309 120 304 116 369 321 309 320 456 2624
2 5 3 7 9 8 4 6 1
                         
                         
PAR     4 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 36
CANYON

 

 

 

ISLAND 9
Hole Men's Women's 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out
Black Tees-HCP 80-under 75-under 335 190 381 408 504 165 440 390 487 3308
9 5 7 2 6 4 1 8 3
Middle Tees-HCP 81-105 76-80 325 162 364 356 473 156 425 380 471 3112
8 6 7 1 2 4 3 5 9
Forward Tees-HCP 106-over 86-over 288 131 327 293 391 90 370 314 427

2631

7 9 2 5 4 3 6 8 1
                         
                         
PAR     4 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 5 36
ISLAND

 

 

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