After the very enjoyable round we had on the North Course we were keen to come back and play the South, adjacent to it. Controlling my urge to proclaim out loud “I shall return “like General MacArthur during the Pacific campaign, 24 hours later we were back.
Golfing at Terra Lago is like a successful school fire drill. You pull up in your car, they unload your clubs,they take them down to the lower level,you check in at the pro shop and voilà you’re out on your cart and ready to set off.
John from Ottawa tees off on the Par 4 1st hole
All three days we went there it was repeated with continuity and the same smiling faces.
Janine in the pro shop, returning back after quite a few years at another golf course is a very capable and welcoming gal. Really friendly with a nice warm smile. So important and appreciated. At the end of our rounds we then went in to say “hi” to Brian in the pro shop. Again friendly and helpful. Start the day on a positive note and end on one.
The canal meanders through parts of the course and Myra gets over!
The South Course has a slightly different feel than the North with some suggesting it’s a bit tougher of a track.
The South Course does not have as dramatic an elevation change as its sister course, the North. A number of the holes bring the concrete lined irrigation canal into play. A word of warning unless you have the world’s longest golf ball retriever don’t attempt to lean in or you will be swimming with the fish and not retrieving golf balls.
At two different points on the course to cross the canal the golf course has utilized a couple of old train cars as bridges. I love to see unique and unusual additions to golf courses and this one as you can see in the photo is very eye-catching.
Again it was an all Canadian foursome as we played with a retired couple from our nations capital of Ottawa.
A tricky downhill Par 3, Hole 4, don’t go right, left or long
Both Myra and I like the majority of all recreational golfers had the good, the bad and yes the ugly. The South Course is no lesser in quality than the North Course and we were getting used to the very, very fast greens by this time.I only wished we were getting used to the big deep greenside bunker’s as well, boy they are tough.
A nice back drop to this straight away par 4
I finally managed to get off the birdie drought with a 30 foot downhiller on two and a 2 foot kick in on the beautiful little par 3 12th.
Employing some new techniques that Myra has learned on this trip she made numerous impressive approach shots to the elevated greens.
We cruised around and played in under the prescribed 4 1/2 hours and for the third day Aaron,one of the outside staff members, kindly drove us up to our vehicle to unload our clubs. I had the opportunity to introduce Myra to Assistant GM Neil Sauer this time and I’m sure he could see how impressed we were in playing here at Terra Lago.
The short Par 4 16th with a severe 2 tiered green sloping right to left
Again this course as I stated earlier about the North Course in yesterday’s review is a thinkers course. The landing areas for the most part are fairly generous off the tee but the use of elevated greens and critically placed greenside bunker’s forces you to really take that into play.
I would say that the Terra Lago courses don’t give away many easy birdies and certainly take many to the bogey prison. That being said I would return to play this course countless times it was just that rewarding on another warm sunny day.
At $75 which includes range balls, power cart, green fees and numerous water stations it is one of the best values in the entire valley.
We highly recommend checking it out, you won’t be disappointed unless making five birdies is your goal!
Bill Flower is a passionate golfer and lover of the game who lives on Vancouver Island in Parksville, BC. He has played the game since the age of 10 and has spent many years in the golf business ranging from full time teaching pro to part time professional caddy, golf tour operator and golf writer. He loves to travel with his wife Myra up and down the west coast of the US playing and reviewing golf courses of all styles.