I’m very excited to introduce my first guest golf course reviewer, Matt Beauchamp. Matt is the owner of MRB Ink and writes for a number of websites including Calgary Is Awesome. He’s also a keen golfer, wine drinker, and all around good guy. Please enjoy his first and hopefully not last appearance on Golf is Mental.
As Josh’s much worse playing brother-in-law, I was pumped to be given the opportunity to review a golf course for his blog. My wife Jane and I were recently vacationing in Christina Lake, British Columbia which gave me the perfect opportunity to play their course several times.
The first thing you notice about the Christina Lake Golf Club when arriving at the course is the amazing view. With a giant clubhouse that overlooks the 10th tee and 18th green it’s hard not to pause and take in the scenery. Couple that with the stunning backdrop of mountains draped in a blanket of fir trees and you’re immediately in a tranquil mindset to begin your round.
The staff in the pro shop are incredibly friendly and despite the fact that I was an out-of-towner, they were kind enough to give me the members rate. After paying for my round, I headed over to the driving range which is fully equipped with grass tees, and a practice green for chipping and bunker practice. With a practice green located just next to the clubhouse there was everything I needed to get my warm up going.
The course is definitely a tale of two nines. With the front nine established in 1962, it wasn’t until 1986 that the club was made into an 18 hole course. The course expansion was designed by Les Furber and the back nine introduces a lot more trees with strategy playing a bigger part in your round.
The 2nd hole from the tee:
The 3rd hole from the tee:
The approach shot on the 6th hole:
One of the most unique things about the course, that you will notice almost immediately, is their black sand bunkers. They were the first course in Canada to introduce this and they definitely introduce an interesting visual element to your shots.
The 10th hole from the tee:
I was fortunate enough to play one of my rounds with 3 players from the BC Senior Men’s Provincial Championship, which was also taking place at the course the week I was there.
While it certainly wasn’t a challenge for them to beat my 12 handicap all around the course, it was an incredible opportunity for me to watch tournament players as they prepare for a round. I also got to watch some incredible shot making which was none more apparent then the tee shot on the 13th hole that saw them all hit buttery draws around the corner of this extreme dogleg.
The tee shot on the 14th hole:
The approach shot on the 18th hole:
Jane and I took in a lunch at the course on the patio, which in my humble opinion is one of the best patios in western Canada. We were able to watch the tournament as the players came up 18, as well as enjoy some of their lunch menu, which was a perfect addition to the afternoon.
With green fees maxing out at $57 during peak hours, I cannot recommend Christina Lake Golf Club highly enough. With both wide open holes that allow higher handicappers like myself to spray it all over the course without too much punishment, as well as tight tree lined holes that will challenge even the most skilled of golfers, Christina Lake Golf Club offers an experience you won’t soon forget.