Copetown Woods Golf Club
– October 2003
All new courses take time to grow. Some courses simply take more time to mature into ‘playing shape’ than others do. Finding new courses that play like mature ones is not always an easy task for golfers.
When the Copetown Woods Golf Club opened in June 2003, just outside of Hamilton, Ontario, the public golfer was presented with a rare treat: A golf course that is mature well beyond its’ years and is a pleasure to play right off the hop.
Copetown Woods is primarily a links style course, but it also features some enourmous waste bunkers that come into play on many holes. Quite unique for this area of Canada. Very reminiscent of what you would normally see at a Southern U.S. resort course. It also boasts 4 set of tees and some of the largest, most undulating greens that I have played in some time.
The first hole in particular features a meandering green that measures some 59 yards deep. I think I have played entire holes at other courses that were smaller than this green! In general , the greens are large and challenging, but putted fairly true the day we played, particularly for a course that only opened this past June.
The designer of this course Dick Kirkpatrick, has also done a nice job of using the property’s existing wetland areas and incorporating it into this links style design. These natural areas come into play on the short par 4 8th hole as well as on the tough par 4 18th. The 18th hole also shares a stunning dual green with the 9th hole, in full view of Copetown Woods’ Victorian style clubhouse.
Other notable holes included par 4 13th hole (pictured below). A tough tee shot tempts you to try and drive the seemingly short hole (over water no less). The smart play is to take a 3 wood and put it in the fairway on the right, only the longest hitters have a hope on this one. I also really enjoyed the uphill par 4 5th and the par 3 7th hole, which forced you to carry a myriad of bunkers to get your tee shot close to the back left pin we played this fall day.
A great surprise gem of a golf course, just 15 minutes from Hamilton and very accessible from Highway 403 Brantford. Prices were a reasonable $47 Weekdays and $55 on Weekends.
One word of caution though, the fescue will not likely be as forgiving in 2004 as it was for us in late 2003!