Going for the Green

Robert Thompson's comments, criticism and opinion on the world of golf.

9 responses to “Course Review: Rosedale Golf Club”

  1. Matt

    Good review, Rob. Rosedale has a lot going for it, besides the uber-wealthy membership. It’s come a long ways in recent years, with there now being some coherency and consistency in the overall design.

    No doubt the 4’s are the best part of the golf course, although I am not a fan of the opener or the closer.

    I wouldn’t say #9 is the best short 4 I’ve seen, but the fact that I made an Ace there puts it up a notch or two in my books.

  2. John

    Great review Robert. A little surprised the par 3-13th didn’t make your highlight real. I think it’s one of the best (toughest) par 3’s I’ve played.
    The Board and Mr. Fought did a super job in the course renovation. Perhaps the greatest improvement was to the 15th hole. Great work. Keep it up.

  3. Matt

    John, agreed re: 13…beautiful, natural green site. 3 is always a good score there.

  4. Tim S.

    In the 2006 Ontario Mid-Amateur played at Rosedale GC, only one golfer was able to finish under par in the 54-hole tourney. That golfer happenned to be Rosedale GC member Peter McCarthy who registred who repeated in 2008 at Thornhill. Virtually every guest I bring onto the course concurs is far more interesting and difficult than reputed.
    If the 14th isn’t the most challenging Par 4 in Ontario, I haven’t played that course yet.

  5. Insider

    Wow – had to check to see if this review was dated April 1. Laughable. Scrapes into Score top 100 on exclusivity only.

    1. John

      If you have an opinion, try to provide some rationale to back it up. Without any back-up, its just another stupid comment!

  6. Bill Macdonald

    Robert, you have forgotten Tom Bendelow, Rosedale’s. FIRST GOLF ARCHITECT ! Refer to page 35 in Rosedale’s 100year book and Jim Barclays Golf in Canada page 354.
    Lets have a game soon.

  7. john Davis

    The 6th hole has fooled you as it does many visitors to Rosedale. As measured by the scores over par this little devil shows up as the hardest hole on the course!

  8. Bob Leno

    I lived in north Toronto till I was in my early twenties. I caddied at Rosedale in the late 40’s and early 50’s. Your site and review has provided me with a great deal of pleasure, particularly the photographs of the various holes on the course. I can remember distinctly holes 1, 2, then I draw a blank till 14 through 18. Some of the photos still don’t jog my memory though I do recall the river (the Don I think) running through several holes. I wish I could meet up with some of those guys whose bags I carried – they’re all long gone now I would think – many of whom were great characters. Like the guy who asked for me at the pro shop because I always remembered his favourite club, his “chipper”, the lefty doctor and his pals who turned the air blue during each round and one guy who made sure his caddie had a couple of “extra” balls in his pocket for times when a search was taking place in the woods for a stray drive. Packing double (carrying two bags) occured occasionally which made the long climb up the 18th fairway seem like forever. Thanks very much for bringing back such fond memories. What a great old golf course is Rosedale!

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