Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Golf by the ocean at the Harmon Seaside Links in Stephenville, Newfoundland

by Keith and Heather Nicol
We recently had a chance to check out the Harmon Seaside Links in Stephenville before we attended a Stephenville Theatre Festival performance that evening.  It made a great combination – Golf by day, play by night. The course is an 18 hole –par 72 golf course right across the road from Bay St. George.  This means that you often get a refreshing breeze which has been nice this summer with its record breaking heat.  The course is flat so is great for walkers and we had a very enjoyable afternoon exploring this course. There is quite a bit of water which adds to the scenery but it really only comes into play on a few of the holes. And although everything appears to be wide open you need to be accurate with your tee shots to avoid the rough along the sides and fairway sand traps. Despite the dry, hot conditions the greens were in good shape. 
Heather putting on the 5th hole
 The course provides good views of the Indian Head Range and the community of Stephenville can be seen in the background. On the day we played the wind was not too much of an issue but be aware that it often can be windy, particularly in the afternoon.  The front nine is more protected from the wind since it has been cut out of the forest and is an ideal choice if you only want to play 9 holes. Joan Tobin, the pro shop manager, told us that they are having a great summer and that quite a few visitors had dropped by to play. The 2014 Harmon Invitational will be taking place on August 1-3, 2014. This annual tournament will once again be a two-man best ball format, with the lower of the two handicaps being used for the team scores. The club also has a putting green, power carts, and a driving range.  Be sure to check out this web site for more information- 
Keith teeing off on the 9th hole

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