Jul 24, 2010

Glasgow Hills - Great Views, Great Customer Service, Great Golf

Glasgow Hills Golf Course Review

I had the pleasure to play Glasgow Hill Golf Course on my PEI vacation just a few short weeks ago. If you’ve never been to Prince Edward Island I highly recommend it for a vacation. My family had a great time. Now if your a golfer, PEI has some of the nicest golf courses around including the Les Furber designed Glasgow Hills.

I was camping at nearby Cabot Beach Provincial Park just west of New Glasgow and got great directions over the phone from one of the many friendly staff at the course. So getting there was very easy. After arriving at the course and chatting with the Jeff Trainor the General Manager of the course, my buddy and I decided to walk the course as it was a beautiful Summer day and not to hot. We got our scorecard/yardage guide and were off to the first tee.

Glasgow Hills is situated on the rolling hills high above New Glasgow, PEI. Standing on the first tee you get a beautiful vista of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Definitely worth the price of admission. The starter was great, had a chat about the course and what to expect for our round. He told us the first 4 holes are links style while numbers 5 through 9 are parkland while the back nine are all very hilly. Always nice to get a little local insight when playing a course for the first time.

The first hole is a nice opening par 4 where you don’t need a huge drive to score well just make sure you are in the fairway and you might end up with an early birdie.

The second hole is a downhill par 4 and if you are a long hitter you’ll only have a wedge in. I was about 150 yds out and hit a PW short in the left side bunker. The bunkers are plentiful at Glasgow Hills and were very well maintained. I got out no problem but could only salvage a bogey.

The third hole is a short par 3 playing only 119 yds from the white tees. Although there was relatively no wind when we played this hole could be even more difficult if the wind is up. The green is pretty tough as well depending on where the pin is and what side of the ridge your on. A fun hole with a great view.

The fourth hole I found very difficult because I didn’t have a good drive and you definitely want to be in the fairway on this par 5. At 502 yds this hole plays longer as it’s uphill and be real careful on on your approach as there are bunkers everywhere. A three shot hole for most, par is a great score on this hole.

The 5th hole is a short par 4 at under 300 yds you might want to put the driver away and play it safe or like me and try to bomb it as far as possible. Either way it’s fun.

Crossing over to hole #6 you get a par 5 that isn’t long but is all about positioning. A great driving hole, if your in the fairway you have to go for it especially from the white tees. The green is relatively small so be accurate with your distances if your playing in with an iron.

Hole #7 is a 146 yd. par 3 with one of the hardest greens on the course. The pin was on the back left shelf and I left my tee shot just shy of the left bunker which made for a difficult pitch. I got it on the green about 12 ft away and two putted for a bogey. I was happy with that, a real challenging hole.

Number 8 at Glasgow Hills is a uphill par 4 that again plays longer than the stated 384 yds. Just try to get close on his one as three putts await on this difficult green.

The front 9 closes out with a short dogleg par 4 take aim through the opening in the trees and most golfers will have just a short wedge in don’t be greedy here as you want to be hitting off the fairway as your second is to a island green. Good luck holding the green, I didn’t! At this point in the round we decided to take a cart for the final 9 holes as it was getting warmer and the final 9 holes were more up and down terrain.

The back 9 at Glasgow Hills has an interesting downhill dogleg right to start. On #10 trust the distances in your yardage book, it’s a blind tee shot so get your yardage and hit your shot. Your second shot is over a valley good luck hitting the green I didn’t.

Hole #11 is a good driving hole with an ample fairway to land your ball. At only 310 yds. birdie is a real possibility here.

Number 12 is a hard hole to visualize from the tee if you’ve never played it before. You want to be on the left side of the fairway because you’ll be blocked out from seeing the green if you’re on the right side. Most will have just a wedge into this small green.

A tough par 3 awaits on #13. At 189 yds this hole is hard even though it plays downhill. I ended up with a bogey here, I was real happy!

Number 14 is a par 5 that has a narrow fairway for your drive. If you are long enough and on the fairway go for the green (There is water all along the left down to the green). If you’re like me and are hitting out of the rough it’s definitely a 3 shot hole.

The par 3 15th was my favorite par 3 not only because I hit it close to about 6 feet but it’s one of those fun par 3 over water with an undulating green where you can take a rip with a wedge.

The 16th hole is a straight away par 4. Aim for the right side of the fairway as you’ll get a some kick from this fairway that slopes right to left. Your approach is to a narrow green with bunkers left and back. A tough hole at only 383 yds.

A great view awaits you at #17 a 458 yd. par 5 take a moment on the high tee to take in the beauty of this hole. On my third shot with a wedge green was real hard to hold ended up with bogey, still not bad.

The finishing hole is a dogleg right. Your tee shot is uphill and must be in the fairway. I had a great drive on this hole and still ended up with double. Be wary of the bunkers left and right and the narrow green.

What’s not to like about a golf course that offers so much variety in its holes. Very well maintained from tees to green. Bunkers were a pleasure to hit out as well. With 4 sets of tees golfers of all abilities will enjoy Glasgow Hills.

Glasgow Hills offers great customer service, great views, and great golf. After your round be sure to stop in the Pipers for some complementary mussels. This is what PEI golf is all about playing a great course with a friend and enjoying PEI mussels afterwards.

Glasgow Hills during peak season will cost you $85 which is very reasonable for this type of course and the conditions. Be sure to check out their website for various deals throughout the season. I know you’ll come away as impressed as I was.

After the round I got the chance to ask Jeff Trainor the General Manager of Glasgow Hills Golf Course a few questions:

For a person who has never played Glasgow Hills before what are the three most important things to expect from the course?
1. Great conditioning – we pride ourselves in having best conditions in our area
2. Tremendous views with a different vista from every hole
3. Excellent service and a unique golf course with first 5 holes more links style 5-9 parkland and 10-18 mountainous with lots of ups and downs and tough closing holes

What's your favorite hole?
Hard to choose – Best driving hole is #17, #16 great par four and probably my favorite is par 5 #6 hole as it is great risk reward

Favorite after round beverage after a day of golf?
Cold Keith red draft served with Complimentary steamed PEI mussels

What’s the best after round local snack after a day of golf?
PEI’s best fish and Chips in Pipers Restaurant

If you were to describe Glasgow Hills Golf Course in one word what would that word be?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is truly a beautiful course, I finally got back to the Island last summer August 2012, and got to play. My uncle happens to be one of the owners and has been raving about it since it was completed. Living in the USA now I do not get back to the Maratimes that often particuarly in the summer, but when my cousin was getting married the family made the trip.

When I lived in Nova Scotia, I would make the trip to the Island at least once a year and have played all over the island, and have to say that this is truly a breathtaking course that offer a bit of everything (and I am not just saying this because of the relation to the owner. It offers such a blend of challange and reward, as well as fairly forgivable compaired to many of the other courses on the island that I have played over the years.

I am eagerly awating my next trip back, this time I will have to be sure that I get a few more rounds in prior to playing there. In fact the round in 2012 was my first round in about 9 years and I have to say that I still managed to keep it in the low 90's