Twenty-Five And Thriving – Eagle Creek Golf Club

10th hole, Eagle Creek GC (Photo: Joe McLean)
18th hole, Eagle Creek GC (Photo: Joe McLean)
18th hole, Eagle Creek GC (Photo: Joe McLean)

If the Eagle Creek golf club could talk, one could only imagine the stories it could tell about the first twenty-five years of its operation.

In the beginning, 14-time PGA Tour winner Ken Venturi was asked to assess the property and eventually lay-out a championship 18-hole, private equity members’ golf course that opened in 1991.

The club soon suffered with too few memberships being sold during a downturn in the Canadian economy and went bankrupt.

The course continued to operate as a public-play course until 1996 when businessman Andre Lacasse and his wife Jeanette saw a business opportunity and their offer to purchase “The Creek” as it is referred to was accepted.

Eagle Creek operated as one of the finest public golf courses in Canada with many upgrades by the Lacasse Family until 2007 when the golf club was sold to ClubLink Corporation.

It’s hard to argue the influence of the Eagle Creek Golf Course in Dunrobin, a suburb in the west end of the City of Ottawa. It has become a bit of an icon for golf in and around the Ottawa area – a golf course by which many others are measured.

Eagle Creek, at times, seems larger than life itself. Nestled into a heavily treed valley not far from the Ottawa River and but a short excursion from the Parliament Buildings, in recent years, this grandiose design has continually been ranked by several publications as one of the best golf courses in Canada.

The key to the appeal of Eagle Creek has always been the course itself and its championship layout that stretches to over seven thousand yards in length. Only the best was used in the construction of the course including bentgrass in the fairways and on the greens. Over seventy bunkers are filled with the finest Ohio White sand.

What Eagle Creek offers, especially as far as layout is concerned, is eighteen holes of great variety. Eagle Creek is routed through two hundred and thirty acres of mature forest with many gentle creeks and fresh, clean ponds that define many of the holes and golfers are presented with elevated holes, doglegs, short and long holes of varying pars, and as mentioned by many people, six risk-reward type holes that bring out the hero and villain in any golfer. The result is an entertaining golf course that will test the limits of your skills yet still be a pleasurable place to play even if your abilities are more of the average variety. The scenery alone puts less emphasis on the score and more on enjoying a day of golf.

No hole at Eagle Creek defines the layout more than the final one – often chosen by many people as one of the finest closing holes they have ever seen or played. It has been the site of dramatic conclusions to many rounds – both by professionals in tournament play and each and every day of the golf season by amateur golfers.

The eighteenth hole is the ultimate precision and power hole that can be played numerous ways. The diversity of the hole means that eagles and double bogeys come into play on an almost equal basis. Five hundred and seventy-three yards of fairway, rough, and sand lay in a half-moon shape around a sixteen acre lake with a peninsula jutting out into the clear blue lake that comes into play more often than players would prefer. A daring tee shot to this extra landing area can leave a player with only a long iron into the green. Whatever the plan of attack, the approach will have to carry the lake and bunker that fronts the two-level green.

Eagle Creek has hosted the Canadian Tour, the Ottawa Citizen Amateur Championship, the Ottawa Sun Scramble Championship and is sought after locally as the site for championship events by the PGA of Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley Golf Association.

As probably the best and most informed judges of golf course quality, the professional golfers who have visited Eagle Creek still refer to it as one of the best courses they were able to play in Canada.

A stately clubhouse offers members all of the amenities associated with a platinum level ClubLink property. Members and guests are treated to a warm reception upon arrival and while they are checking in can look at the latest in golf equipment and apparel in the fully stocked pro shop. Two putting greens and a full length range are ready to assist golfers wishing to warm up before their games.

Before or after their rounds, golfers are treated to a member’s lounge with a varied menu of food and beverage offerings. Although the lounge is comfortable, the full deck overlooking four holes on the golf course is where many of the members prefer to talk about their upcoming games or settle wagers while they rehash an always pleasurable round of golf on their premiere golf course.

“Apart from co-hosting the Canadian Amateur in August, we are running a 25th Anniversary Tournament for our members on Saturday, May 14th,” said Ryan Little, Director of Golf Operations at Eagle Creek. commenting on plans at the club for 2016. “We are also running for the general public a ‘Be a guest for the day’ celebration.”

At the conclusion of this, their 25th Anniversary Year, Eagle Creek Members and Guests as they have from its beginning will be able to bank memorable experiences on a championship golf course that has even in its infancy stood the test of time

FAIRWAY FACTS

Ownership

ClubLink

Director of Golf Operations

Ryan Little

Golf Course Superintendent

Brady Pink

Yardage/Slope/Rating

Gold (Men) 7027/139/73.8

Blue (Men) 6609/136/72.2

White (Men) 6062/130/69.8 (Ladies) 140/75.2

Green (Men) 5672/122/68.6 (Ladies) 135/73.9

Red (Ladies) 5368/127/71.9

Average Hole Lengths (Gold Tees)

Par 3’s – 189

Par 4’s – 415

Par 5’s – 531

Eagle Creek Golf Club

109 Royal Troon Lane

RR #1, Dunrobin, Ontario, K0A 1T0

613-832-3804

www.eaglecreek.clublink.ca

/ Joe McLean with files from Scott MacLeod