Date Played: September 29, 2013
3.0 out of
Algonkian is set on a regional park, which is nice because it is isolated and there are no houses around. That also makes for a scenic golf course with lots of wildlife - lots of deer and even a fox. The starter (check in with starter first) was very friendly and made us feel welcome. Pro shop staff was less so and either ignored or didn't recognize my Golfnow rate (which I didn't realize until after the round) so I paid more than I should have. Elevated driving range from mats, but the mats are in good shape and you might hit a deer grazing in the range if you're not careful! The course is rather tight, and a lot of the holes are straight-away and basically back and forth in parallel (this the photos all look like the same hole. That could be dangerous, but there are plenty of mature trees between all the holes to keep errant balls from becoming missiles to the other fairways. Said errant balls can usually be found, so practice your knock-down 3-iron shots on the range... unless you are deadly straight off the tee box, you will use that shot often. Tee boxes were mostly in good shape, as were the fairways - nothing to really complain about for a municipal course. The greens were soft and held the balls well, so you can be a bit aggressive but, perhaps because they were soft, putts didn't always roll true and the break was less than expected, but any such trouble was difficult to identify. One thing I noticed was that the players respected the course, as most all ball marks were repaired and divots filled... rarely have I seen that even in pricy courses. A nice course, but the $63 rate (with cart) is a bit pricey for the area. Still. it is a good course that is reasonably challenging. I would play it again, and the wife liked it, but would put a price tag of $50 or less on it as there are other courses that play better for the current price.