Vespra Hills Golf Club
3 Beautiful nines to choose from
A La Carte, Weekday and 7 Day options available
Accessible Tee Times
A small membership & 27 holes allows for walk-on access
Golf Leagues, Events & Socials
"The pace of play is the best I have ever seen... Great price for a private course." - Luke Coles
"The course itself is amazing. The condition of the greens and fairways are as good as it gets" - Gary Brown
About the Club
THE HISTORY OF VESPRA HILLS GOLF CLUB...
The land which is the core of our property was once the home of the Pratt family. The
Homestead 9 is so named because it is where Mac’s wife, Beth Frost (nee Pratt) grew up.
Mac and Beth’s daughter, Cinder, manages the golf club today. Fred and Pearl Pratt farmed the 100 acres of the “Homestead 9” and Fred purchased another 170 acres behind that (now part of the Sand Hills and Still Valley nines) and put it in Beth’s name when she was a small child. That property has remained in the family’s hands to this day.
When time permits, Beth can be counted on to regale us with stories of life on the “old home place”. We hope to capture some of these to share with our members as we carry on enjoying the land as we know it now.
When Mac designed and began working on the golf course, he bought back the “front field” which had changed hands, and a property on either side of the original Pratt place, and began construction of the Sand Hills and Homestead nines. When his health deteriorated in 2002 his daughter Cinder stepped in to oversee the design and construction of the Still Valley nine, the Pro Shop, and in the 2010 season opened the new clubhouse on the hill. With a loyal and talented staff to support her efforts the “family business” has a warm welcoming atmosphere at Vespra Hills.
A Tale of Three Nines
On the Homestead 9, the old family farm house was located near Wilson Drive, just to the right and rear of the 8th green. The first few holes lead you through some lovely trees, and then you find yourself playing a few holes built into the gentle slopes of more open terrain. Still, it's not a good idea to stray too far from the intended path, since generous fescue areas and strategically placed bunkers can soon find you suffering the consequences of a wicked slice or hook. Pastoral views to the East, and some challenging "reads" on the greens will keep you awake on this Par 35 layout.
The finishing hole, affectionately called "The Chute" leads you back towards the clubhouse, through the trees, and over a creek to an elevated green. Not overly long, it can still "sneak up on you" if you get a little wild on direction.
As with our other nines, the yardage signs at the tees are carved into boulders that appeared as we sculpted the land for the course, and benches are made from the trees that had to come down. We made every effort to preserve the maximum possible number of the fully mature hardwoods, and evergreens throughout the property. An atmosphere of natural beauty permeates the surroundings, as you enjoy what are among the best greens and course conditions in the area.
The Still Valley 9 is the youngest of our nines, opened to our members in 2006, it is a Par 36, built in the valley land at the North end of the property. The building of this nine was overseen by Cinder Warren, following many of the principles of golf course design learned from her Dad, Mac Frost. The project was, in truth, a team effort, and a credit to the talents of our Club Manager/Course Superintendent Dave Caldwell, and some deft touches from the land shapers. Influenced by the land itself, some traditional Scottish landscapes, as well as sand features akin to those that Cinder had seen on courses she had played in Los Cabos, we have sometimes referred to this layout as "Carnoustie meets Mexico". A challenging course, as the slopes indicate, it received rave reviews from the rating teams and other knowledgeable pros, and golf officials. Though perhaps somewhat intimidating at first, it is becoming a favourite for the players that love a challenge, and enjoy its unique characteristics.
All of our 27 holes have 4 sets of tee blocks, rated and sloped for both men and women. With 4 choices of tees to play, there is no lack of variety of golf experiences for our members at Vespra Hills.
Golfers who can claim accuracy and "course management" skills will have a definite advantage on this nine. The Sand Hills 9 meanders through mature trees on the high ridges of the property. The sense of peace and the spectacular scenery make facing the challenges a pleasure. There are three Par 3 holes on this nine, rendering it a par 35. Each of the Par threes are unique unto themselves and the course still provides a good test of golf. The subsoil is about 80% sand, making for good drainage and a healthy environment for turf.
The finishing hole on this nine is a Par 4 dog leg left. A drive to "position A" leaves you with a panoramic view, and a downhill shot to the green. The first of the three nines to be completed, the Sand Hills 9 offers echoes of old fashioned course design, with modern day techniques employed to keep playing conditions at their best.