Piper’s Heath Golf Club is open for public play as of July 21, 2007. Designed by Graham Cooke, one of Canada’s leading golf course architects, Piper’s Heath is a premier daily fee facility conveniently located on Trafalgar Road just south of Britannia Road in Milton, Ontario, Canada – just west of Toronto.
Piper’s Heath’s 5,033 to 7,016-yard, par 72, championship layout has been handcrafted by Cooke to challenge golfers of all levels. Four-hundred-year-old stately Oak trees, which Cooke calls “Friendly Giants,” greet golfers along the way, while his deep respect for the environment and its ecosystems are reflected in preserved wetlands and meadows that define the Piper’s Heath landscape.
The links-inspired layout features thought provoking shot values, undulating fairways, ragged bunkers and subtle greens resulting in a collection of 18 memorable holes. As its name implies, Piper’s Heath is a golf course that both looks and plays as if it were nestled into the sweeping, rugged Scottish Highlands. At the end of the day, golfers will undoubtedly feel as though they had experienced an old-world, royal and ancient round of golf.
In order to create the links design, 650,000 cubic metres of earth had to be moved to shape a series of distinctive razor-backed, fescue-covered mounds that define the site and separate the fairways. “The great challenge of Piper’s Heath is the ever changing nature of the course,” says Cooke who is a three-time winner of Golf Digest magazine’s “Best new Course in Canada” in 2001, 2003 and 2005. “It’s a course to be played with imagination and enjoyed for its challenge and beauty.”
Marc Gruehl, founder and General Manager of the club, is especially proud of how unique and family-friendly Piper’s Heath is. “From the beginning our goal was to create a first-class, value-oriented facility for the public to enjoy that’s different from other courses you’ll play in the GTA,” says Gruehl. “I believe Piper’s Heath Golf Club will be a fair test of golf that will be fun for everyone to play.”
In addition to its design, Piper’s Heath is unique in that it features five par-5s, five par-3s, and five sets of tee blocks. The course is strategically laid out so that two consecutive holes never run in the same direction. Like many of the great and historic links courses, the challenge of Piper’s Heath will be dictated by the weather. The prevailing wind will often be a factor and when present over this stretch of open land, the course will be unrelenting and unforgiving. The battle will be as much with the elements as with the course itself.
“It’s my hope that Piper’s Heath will challenge golfers of all abilities and at the end of the day everyone will walk away with a memorable golf experience and a desire to return,” says Cooke who has been designing courses in Canada and worldwide for more than 30 years.
Piper’s Heath’s also features a 20-acre double-ended practice academy with a large two-tiered tee deck for every-day use. A smaller practice area is located at the opposite end of the practice facility some 350 yards away designed specifically for lessons and larger clinics. A series of target greens, practice bunkers, a chipping green with sand bunker, and separate practice putting area are also available, all thoughtfully designed with the beginner and avid golfer in mind.
Piper’s Heath also boasts a charming clubhouse with full service menu and patio that overlooks much of the property. Prime time green fees for the 2007 season are (all price in CDN) $79 plus GST. The twilight rate is $50 plus GST. Optional golf carts are $15 plus tax per rider.
For more information visit the club’s web site at www.pipersheath.com