Is it just me, or should a golf course’s website at least make it easy to find its fees and location? I’m off to the new Muskoka Bay Golf Club in Gravenhurst tomorrow, so I went to the site to try to find a map. Or directions. Or anything. All I got was some awful jazz muzik and frustration. I hear the golf course is really good — maybe Doug Carrick’s best — but apparently the club doesn’t want people to find it or to know how much it costs to play there. Ugh.
Played Oslerbrook today, the new Graham Cooke/Jason Miller course in Collingwood. The front nine is brand spanking new, but it may also be one of the plainest nine holes I’ve ever seen. Cooke’s associates continue to do the same awful, bland and boring bunker styles over and over. Can’t they mix it up some, just to make the occasional course look different from all of their others? I’ll do a full review next week, with photos, but the front featured one really bad hole, the fourth, which had an odd tee shot; one really good plain hole (the par three 5th) and several average ones. And what’s the deal with using a pond and running several holes around it? Cooke did it at Saskatoon G&CC and apparently they don’t want him back…The back nine, on the other hand, was pretty strong, especially the run from 11 through 17. The same awful bunkering was present, but the land was interesting and Cooke’s crew used the property to develop some strategy. So maybe there’s hope for him yet…
So there’s this thing called the British Open on TV this week. Apparently at a course no one has seen in years. I like Tiger’s chances, but I think there’s some interesting possibilities out there, including Mike Weir, Stuart Appleby and even Tom Lehman. It is brown, firm and fast, just like a golf course should be.
A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.