Nearly 400 acres. It’s a big space to work with.
It’s hard to imagine what John Green was thinking of when he purchased the property between Carp & Almonte that would become the Greensmere Golf & Country Club.
He had a vision and, even when doubted, he made it happen.
Today the 36 holes comprising The Legacy and The Premiere golf courses are testament to that as they welcome a growing number of members and green fee players.
John Green passed away in 2009 but the handiwork of the old pro lives on.
The tough call for golfers at his beloved Greensmere is which course to play after they leave the expansive driving range and practice facilities. “Legacy” and “Premiere” each offer some fine holes, but they do vary in design. Premiere is the original 18 holes (par 72, 5367 – 6775 yards) while Legacy (par 72, 5375-6843 yards) is the course that came to life last year after many years of development.
No matter their choice golfers will enjoy the solitude of a natural landscape marked by rolling topography and pristine stands of forest.
That serenity is something that Debra Griffith, daughter of John Green the club’s General Manager, says is quite remarkable given their location. “We’re just ten minutes west of Kanata but you can come here and enjoy a place that is naturally beautiful and quiet. A lot of the golfers seem to really enjoy that.”
John Green’s vision for the courses centred on having the best bentgrass greens possible. He knew that more than anything golfers remember their putting experiences. Accordingly, he put his focus squarely there in developing the facility.
It paid off with some of the highest quality surfaces in the region.
But don’t take my word for it, come Spring you can check it out for yourself.