COURSE PAR RATINGS AND SLOPES
Sand Hills & Homestead - 70 / 71.9 / 129
Homestead & Still Valley - 71 / 72.8 / 138
Still Valley & Sand Hills - 71 / 73.5 / 138
THE SANDS HILL NINE
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 (IF you can maintain your concentration). 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.
Our maintenance procedures on all 27 holes of our facility include IPM (integrated pest management), and carefully selected hardy cultivars of turf grass, to maximize our responsible care for the environment, while still providing excellent conditions for golf.
THE HOMESTEAD NINE
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" by some of our members, 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 arguably among the best greens and general course conditions in the area.
THE STILL VALLEY
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, and the ability to select any 2 out of 3 nines to make up their 18 hole round, there is no lack of variety of golf experiences for our members at Vespra Hills.