Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Great fall golfing at Humber Valley Resort in Western Newfoundland

      by Keith and Heather Nicol
       Fall in the Humber Valley of Western Newfoundland means brilliant autumn colours and where better to enjoy these than on Newfoundland’s top rated golf course at Humber Valley Resort.  When we walked into the pro shop on Tuesday, September 16 we met the Managing Director of Operations, Gary Oke who told us that despite the slow start to the season, that they had had a great season so far. “ One of our big new accolades is that Score Golf Magazine ranked us as number 16 in Canada up from number 32 last year. There is no other course in Newfoundland with that kind of ranking which suggests that we have a great product here” he told us before our round. 
Heather putting on the par 3 fifth hole
  We love playing this course since it is challenging but also very scenic. This course will test all of your golfing skills from tee to green. There are over 100 sand traps that will penalize the errant drive or approach shot and the large greens will test your putting skills.  Be sure to bring your camera since the front nine features fine vistas of Deer Lake, especially on the first 5 holes. In fact, the par 3 fifth hole is right along the water (see photo above). Some courses have 1 or 2 signature holes, but the course at Humber Valley Resort has many, perhaps the most famous is #10 which provides a magnificent view of the Humber Valley. The back nine winds toward the Humber River and both #14 and #15 are along the river. If you want to play the course when the fall colours  are peak , try playing in the first and second week in October. For more information on the Humber Valley Resort golf course see: http://humbervalley.com/

Heather on the scenic 14th hole
      After our round we had a chance to chat with Heather Oke, the resort’s marketing and events manager. “So far the September weather has perfect for golf and it has been a very busy summer. The course continues to be a big draw for golfers in the St. John’s area but we also have had lots of people from Ontario and B.C. play here as well.” She also told us that the golf course has been ranked by Golf Digest as the 10th best modern course in Canada . As we were leaving she added, “We hope to be open until the end of October so there is still lots of golf left “ 
If you want to golf at the peak of the colours try early to mid October

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