Posted : June 9, 2014
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With so many choices on the Central Counties golfing scene, sometimes you find a true treat when you least expect it. The Pines of Georgina is one of those experiences.
The golf industry is full of monikers and ratings given to courses based on a variety of criteria; Best New Course, Best Conditions, Toughest Course, etc. One that consistently is listed as one of the best values in Ontario is The Pines of Georgina. This 6000 yard, shot makers paradise can definitely fit any definition of value. The price point is a bargain when you factor in the challenging layout and terrific conditions.
Located along the southern shoreline of Lake Simcoe, The Pines is easy to get to along Hwy 48 just east of Pefferlaw. Here you will find 18 fun holes with a pro-shop, cart rentals and full service club house for your lunch or the post-round beverage.
For something new, The Pines of Georgina will be a truly a unique golf experience. This layout both opens and closes with par 3’s. A controlled mid-iron over water gets things started and a long-iron or hybrid is required to get you home on the vicious up-hill finishing hole.
As for variety, this Bob Moote design gives you a little of everything. It is renowned for its tight fairways and great conditioning. Water hazards are a-plenty and most fairways are lined by lateral stakes giving the player with a loose swing a bit of a chance to avoid really big numbers and greatly improve the pace of play. Short par fours, and reachable fives, are combined with punishing par threes over water and tight doglegs forcing you to use all of your clubs.
The stretch of holes, 12 through 14 are tighter than piano strings and less forgiving than a startled hive of hornets. Each demands accurate tee shots focused more on the correct side of the fairway than the length of the poke. Leave the driver in the bag on these beauties, no good can come from striking the big dog here.
This course plays much longer than the card due to minimal elevation change, some forced carries, and demanding you to play controlled strategically placed tee shots. With an abundance of hazards both wooden and wet, you are forced to place the ball in the right locations to have any attempt at scoring well. You may wish to give your driver the day off here, or bring an extra ball retriever and machete.
The Pines of Georgina gives both the high and low handicapper a unique golf experience with great value. You will be impressed by the service, the course and the price.
On the day I played, the fairways and the parking lot were full, giving the indication that I was not alone in feeling a great value.
You may not have heard of The Pines of Georgina until now, but after you play it, you won’t stop talking about it.
Pines of Georgina
30446 Hwy #48
Written by Rick Parnham
Associate Editor of On The Tee magazine and Tour Supervisor BAGS Junior Golf Tour