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Old Dec 22, 2016, 11:34 AM   #1
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Default The best public course in the GTA of 2016

In your opinion, who ruled as the best public course in the GTA in 2016? You can base your opinion on everything from course conditions, to price, to your idea of best value, to treatment by the staff. There are no rules on this one. Just pick your favourite.
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Old Dec 22, 2016, 12:16 PM   #2
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Dragons Fire
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I was not impressed the first time I played this course a number of years ago but had an industry golf tournament there and since I wasn't paying happily went back.
The first time I played it, the greens were slow and the pace of play was even slower. The staff was all new and although they were trying, they just weren't helpful.
Fast forward to this year. The day started under a threat of a thunder storm and rain. It rained only for the first four holes or so, then cleared for a beautiful day.
After the round, the course gave EVERYONE a free 18 hole with cart as compensation for the little amount of rain we got. Being a corporate scramble the pace was good as well.
The course was in excellent shape (September round), greens were a consistent, good speed and the staff were very friendly and helpful.
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Old Dec 22, 2016, 12:29 PM   #3
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Really? Anyone going to not say Osprey?
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Old Dec 22, 2016, 12:42 PM   #4
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+1 I 110% Agree - Osprey Hoot and Toot!!!!

Also I definitely have to vote for Muskoka Bay - the course was in spectacular condition this past June at the TGN event (Thanks Tom).
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Old Dec 22, 2016, 01:51 PM   #5
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In GTA, my pick is Eagles Nest.

In the Province it's Muskoka Bay.
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Old Dec 22, 2016, 01:55 PM   #6
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In GTA, my pick is Eagles Nest.

In the Province it's Muskoka Bay.
+1 to Eagles Nest in the GTA. Definitely +1 to Muskoka Bay. Both Doug Carrick gems.
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Old Dec 22, 2016, 02:17 PM   #7
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Osprey Valley for me this year, 48 rounds this year there in only 12 visits. My favorite days this year were at OV. For anyone who has never played, its worth the drive wherever you live.
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Old Dec 22, 2016, 02:56 PM   #8
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Osprey Valley for me this year, 48 rounds this year there in only 12 visits. My favorite days this year were at OV. For anyone who has never played, its worth the drive wherever you live.
Love Osprey Valley too ... three more Doug Carrick gems!
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Old Dec 22, 2016, 04:00 PM   #9
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If it's best public track I've ever played in the GTA then it's gotta be Eagle's Nest for sure. Unfortunately, I didn't get a round in there in 2016, or even an Osprey round...so based on the criteria of best public course of 2016 for me it was copper creek. Picked up the golf show deal, played Victoria Day weekend. Course was in great shape. Pace of play was good. I have always enjoyed a day at copper and will be sad when they blow some of it up to build a mega mansion subdivision.
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Old Dec 22, 2016, 06:20 PM   #10
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uh-oh, it's another "how far does the GTA extend trap?"
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Old Dec 23, 2016, 03:22 AM   #11
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Dragons Fire
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I was not impressed the first time I played this course a number of years ago but had an industry golf tournament there and since I wasn't paying happily went back.
The first time I played it, the greens were slow and the pace of play was even slower. The staff was all new and although they were trying, they just weren't helpful.
Fast forward to this year. The day started under a threat of a thunder storm and rain. It rained only for the first four holes or so, then cleared for a beautiful day.
After the round, the course gave EVERYONE a free 18 hole with cart as compensation for the little amount of rain we got. Being a corporate scramble the pace was good as well.
The course was in excellent shape (September round), greens were a consistent, good speed and the staff were very friendly and helpful.
You're just foolin', right devon?
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Old Dec 23, 2016, 05:10 AM   #12
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How can you beat the Osprey play all day specials?

Multiple courses with great layouts and conditioning and excellent pace of play.
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Old Dec 23, 2016, 05:40 AM   #13
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How can you beat the Osprey play all day specials?

Multiple courses with great layouts and conditioning and excellent pace of play.
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Old Dec 29, 2016, 11:35 AM   #14
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+1 for Osprey Valley
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Old Dec 29, 2016, 12:02 PM   #15
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Great thread.... making my list for next season!
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Royal Ashburn.

I've gotta vote for a venue that hosts the CPGA Qualifying Event, and has for years been the bane of my scoring game !!!!
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Old Dec 29, 2016, 02:02 PM   #17
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Royal Ashburn.

I've gotta vote for a venue that hosts the CPGA Qualifying Event, and has for years been the bane of my scoring game !!!!
Don't think they've hosted it for years.

The only people who will vote for "not Osprey Valley" are those who haven't played there. Just my opinion, but those tracks are pretty hard to beat for me. Maybe Eagles Nest beats it.
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Old Dec 29, 2016, 02:41 PM   #18
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I played a lot of crappy courses this year as budget was an issue. However 3 most enjoyed courses in no particular order were;

Lebovic- thanks again for the free round. Not the most challenging but pristine conditions.
Osprey (hoot, heathlands) underpar
Baxter Creek- not high end but certainly very enjoyable.

I guess I had a lousy golf year since these were the ONLY highlights of my golf year hopefully a better 2017
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Old Dec 31, 2016, 03:36 AM   #19
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The best public course I played in 2016 was Lebovic for sure - keep in mind though that as a budget-conscious golfer ($40-60), I doubt I'll ever be able to play courses like Osprey, Glen Abbey, Angus Glen, Eagles Nest, etc. ($100+ courses). And actually; the only reason I was able to play Lebovic was on account of the complimentary round promo, at the time...
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The best public course I played in 2016 was Lebovic for sure - keep in mind though that as a budget-conscious golfer ($40-60), I doubt I'll ever be able to play courses like Osprey, Glen Abbey, Angus Glen, Eagles Nest, etc. ($100+ courses). And actually; the only reason I was able to play Lebovic was on account of the complimentary round promo, at the time...
And you might just be disappointed if you played some of those courses, or regretting that you could have paid for 2 to 4 rounds at better 'value' courses for the fee that you paid to play one that you mentioned.

Glen Abbey for example is not by any stretch a 'bad' course. However I have rarely been more disappointed in my lifetime than I was the first time I played the Abbey. Was just not what I expected or 'value' for the money.
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And you might just be disappointed if you played some of those courses, or regretting that you could have paid for 2 to 4 rounds at better 'value' courses for the fee that you paid to play one that you mentioned.

Glen Abbey for example is not by any stretch a 'bad' course. However I have rarely been more disappointed in my lifetime than I was the first time I played the Abbey. Was just not what I expected or 'value' for the money.

Ah; good to know! But I'm guessing that Osprey though, at least from what many have said/posted on here, appears to be the one that you can't go wrong with! I planned on doing one of those play all day passes on a random weekday but never got around to it; perhaps in 2017...

Despite the $40/60 per round per week budget, I did splurge once - spent close to just over $100 but it came with a free lunch and was for two rounds that day (a few years ago at Woodington - did both of their courses)... I suppose I could technically do a $100+ round but then I would probably only play two-three times that month; heh. Speaking of $100+ courses, is that Wooden Sticks course worth it? Seems that place is almost around $150 ish; holy smokes!
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Speaking of $100+ courses, is that Wooden Sticks course worth it? Seems that place is almost around $150 ish; holy smokes!
Yes....but, get on their mailing list for "specials"

...we picked up a deal last year for $200+tax:

1 round at each of the following courses (incl. cart & lunch)
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  • Westview
  • Wooden Sticks
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Yes....but, get on their mailing list for "specials"

...we picked up a deal last year for $200+tax:

1 round at each of the following courses (incl. cart & lunch)
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  • Westview
  • Wooden Sticks
That sounds like a terrific deal. I love all 3 tracks!

@TMAz: Wooden Sticks is pricey but it does include range time + 2 meals. I enjoyed my 1 time there and the food was decent enough. We went for a friend's 50th bday and it was a good outing (but cart girls and drinks with lunch AND dinner pushed the budget way further).

Let's hope that deal the Shooter mentioned comes back again this year.
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Ah; good to know! But I'm guessing that Osprey though, at least from what many have said/posted on here, appears to be the one that you can't go wrong with! I planned on doing one of those play all day passes on a random weekday but never got around to it; perhaps in 2017...

Despite the $40/60 per round per week budget, I did splurge once - spent close to just over $100 but it came with a free lunch and was for two rounds that day (a few years ago at Woodington - did both of their courses)... I suppose I could technically do a $100+ round but then I would probably only play two-three times that month; heh. Speaking of $100+ courses, is that Wooden Sticks course worth it? Seems that place is almost around $150 ish; holy smokes!
Meh, I'm in the camp that it's very gimmicky. Have played it a few times and while the service is top notch, the golf course leaves little to be desired.
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+1 for Osprey Valley
Add me to the list of fans. The all you can play rate is a great deal.
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