I’ll do a full review in coming days, but I’ll say this: Doug Carrick’s Humber Valley course near Deer Lake, Newfoundland, is among the most majestic, intriguing and fun courses I’ve seen. ANYWHERE.
That doesn’t mean the project is perfect, or the golf is the best in the country. But it surely rivals the best in the country and is definitely the second best course I’ve seen in Eastern Canada, wildly trumping pretenders like Glen Arbour, or Fox Harb’r or even Crowbush Cove. If enough people see this course, in time, it might even crack the Top 10 in Canada. It is likely Carrick’s most natural looking course and may well be better than Eagles Nest, which until this point was my favourite from the designer’s work.
The photo, above, is of the 10th hole, which features a 180-foot drop to the fairway from a 445-yard tee. The ball hangs in the air and the shot is surely majestic. Surprisingly, the hole isn’t even one of the top three on the course (which would be #5, #8, #16, all of which offer more intriguing shot values than 10, but aren’t nearly as picturesque).
In many places the course reminded me of Highlands Links, surprising considering I don’t think Carrick has ever seen it.
This one is worth seeking out.
Right now I’m sitting in a hotel in St. John’s, having flown in from Deer Lake this afternoon. Tomorrow I tee it up at The Willows with Danny Williams, the Premier of Newfoundland. Williams agreed to join me as part of my Going For the Green book. It should be an intriguing round.