COPPER CREEK GOLF CLUB (905-893-3370)
Ontario Golf Course Review
WOW! We anticipate that first time golfers at Copper Creek will be uttering that expression repeatedly. This is one incredibly beautiful golf course. In fact the entire environment is
quite spectacular - from the wonderfully rolling terrain with surprising elevation changes from tee to green, to the exquisitely appointed 40,000 square foot clubhouse. On our visit,
a wedding was taking place, utilizing the spacious ballroom that can accommodate over 600 people, and the outdoor terrace which affords panoramic vistas of the golf course.
There also is a fine dining restaurant plus a lounge with more casual fare. A full service pro shop is complimented by an outstanding practice facility, complete with a grass range,
large putting green and short game area with sand bunker. Locker rooms with showers are available for both men and women.
Copper Creek was voted the Best New Course for 2003 by Ontario Golf Magazine. Designed by Doug Carrick, this layout which is situated in the Oakridges Glacial Moraine amid
the hills and forests of the Humber River Valley, is destined to be recognized as one of the top courses in Canada! Located just 30 minutes from downtown Toronto, Copper Creek
has the capabilities to mesmerize visitors with splendid scenery and natural beauty. Four sets of tees will afford golfers of all skill levels the opportunity to choose a distance that
suits their game. The copper tees play to 7097 yards with a 131 slope, the blues measure 6629/124 slope, the whites 6100/117 slope for men & 128 for women, and the forward
tees play to 5271 yards with a slope of 107 for men and 118 for women. The course is well marked with 150 yard stakes visible on par fours and fives plus yardage blocks in the
center of the fairways at 100, 150 and 200. Cart paths and sprinkler heads are also measured to the center of the green and pin placements with green depths are indicated on
the scorecards with three rotating hole locations. Additional, weather covers are standard on all carts, providing protection for golf clubs during rainy periods.
The opening hole doglegs left around a lake, with a row of white sand bunkers helping to define the landing area. A tree blocks entry from the right side and the water hazard sits
precariously close to the putting surface on the left. The long par four second presents perhaps the widest fairway on the course. From the undulating landing areas, golfers will
have to negotiate numerous bunkers and greenside mounds that make the approach a challenging one. The third is a par five of reasonable length, but the sloping topography
and proximity of water to the right and dense bush immediately behind the green makes this a three shot hole for most golfers. A lay up to the 100 yard area on the second shot
will leave the most advantageous positioning for the tight approach to a two tiered putting surface. From an elevated tee golfers will have to negotiate a triad of fairway bunkers
along the right on the par four 4th. The approach from here is uphill.
The par four 5th also plays from an elevated tee, and bends to the left around a thick strand of trees. A marsh and river are situated just past the red tee boxes, and should not be
in play. The approach on this gorgeous golf hole is also uphill. Number six is a par three to a raised green guarded by bunkers in front on both sides, and is followed by another
elevated tee shot to a fairway that shapes right to left. Like # 5, this hole also plays over the river that this time is situated between the white and red tee areas. There is more room
for error near the green than it appears from the landing zones.
The par three eighth is another beauty that plays over a pond to a green fronted by a single bunker, with plenty of room all around. This hole beckons for birdies. Number nine
presents a stunning view of the clubhouse - which forms a postcard perfect backdrop. The image of lush green fairways, plentiful white sand bunkers, and the luxurious
clubhouse situated on top of the hill is a memorable one!
Thank God for digital cameras, as by this time we would have run out of film...the back side is nearly as photogenic at the front, beginning with the long par four 10th situated on
the hill near the clubhouse. From an elevated tee golfers will be confronted with a narrow fairway bordered by water that runs the length of the hole along the left, and dense forest
to the right. Land on the fairway and there is still work to do, as the hazard extends immediately left of the green complex, making this approach one of the tightest on the course.
Wow Again! Number 11 is an extraordinary par three that begins from terraced tees, and plays over a deep ravine that is home to a river and natural area. Take a breath and let 'er
rip .Long is better than short here, as the slope in front creates tough recoveries.
The wide fairway on 12 leads uphill to an undulating green complex, and precedes a long par five that also plays uphill off the tee. There is water in play along the right side from
about 250 yards in, and the contoured fairway that narrows on the approach makes this a three shot hole. The further back the tees are, the more the pond on the right is in play on
the par three 14th. From the ladies tee areas, the water only comes in play on shots mis-hit to the right. On 15, golfers can cut off as much distance on the dogleg right four par, as
their abilities will allow. A row of bunkers protects the right side to within 60 yards of the green, and awaits any shots that "miss the cut". The rolling fairway on 16 slopes left to right
in the direction of the hole, and depressions in the landing areas may funnel balls angling that way towards the high grass and bush on the right. The approach is uphill to a well
bunkered green complex.
A left to right shot shape may benefit golfers on the long par four 17th. The lake on the right encroaches towards the fairway near the 130 area, and this hazard is also in play on
that side of the putting complex. The finishing hole is a par five with an ample fairway and 6 sand traps that line the left side. Approaches landing long or to the left will find difficult
up and downs in the greenside mounding and bunkering.
If you have the opportunity to play this course, do not pass it up. Copper Creek received the "Top 25 Golf Courses in Canada" award from Score Golf in 2006 and is one of the best
conditioned courses we have played in Ontario - and the facilities are tough to beat. Great golf, great food and great service! For wedding and banquet information, contact 905
For more info on Copper Creek and its facilities - visit our informational page with direct link to their website by clicking here. Copper Creek is affiliated with the beautiful Peninsula
Lakes Golf Club in the Niagara region. For a link to the Two Guys Who Golf review of Peninsula Lakes click here.