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Head to the lake and the mountains at Calabogie, just one hour from Ottawa and you'll arrive at the Highlands Golf Resort.
Guests enjoy nature's best with its 18-hole championship golf course twisting through rolling hills and valleys. You may choose to enjoy Lakeview, our scenic, nine-hole challenge. Whatever your choice, both are backdropped by the panoramic views of the Madawaska Highlands and Calabogie Lake.
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3037 Quail Run Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1T3S1
Foggy in the morning.
Overcast throughout the day.
Foggy in the morning.
Snow (9–18 cm.) starting in the afternoon.
Rain in the morning.
Date: 2008-Apr-25 Review by Dan P
This was my first round of the year and the greens were in surprisingly good shape. Although a little slow it is probably desireable to let the grass get healthy before a short cutting.
Many greens are large and, depending on pin placement, three putting is not out of the question.
I'd consider the greens to be a strong point of Pakenham.
The fairways survived well with only a few holes showing winter kill.
Decent width with good yardage markings.
Three tees to choose from. There's not normally significant distance between the back and middle tees but enough to produce a change in course management.
Yardages are clear and tee boxes are flat.
Pakenham has 3 nine hole courses.
The Canyon course is my favorite with the first 4 holes being superb. The next 4 holes are plain but the finished hole is decent.
The Lake course can present a good challenge with some risk and reward around the water, particularly hole #6 with lots of water on the right. The finishing hole is a nice long par 5 with a normally tee shot ending up in a low portion of the fairway resulting in an uphill approach.
The Island course doesn't compare to the other 2 nines. The par 3 sixth would be the signature hole for this course featuring (you guessed it) an island green.
Bunkers are generally firm and easy to escape as there doesn't appear to be any lips. The few occasions I was in I had no trouble rolling the ball through from a green-side location.
Depending on the combination of nines the value for dollar will vary. I'd ask not to play the Island course because both the Lake and Canyon courses offer a greater challenge.
The course is fairly priced to play.
The good holes are very enjoyable. It's rather difficult to lose a ball unless you hit in to water. Pakenham is fairly open with moderate trees. There doesn't appear to be any long fescue so the rough was a minor challenge to hit from.
The Canyon course has a few beautiful holes to begin with. The remaining holes are not stunning.
Course is very neat and clean.
We didn't see a beverage cart but then I didn't expect to at this time of year.
Bar was open and pricing was average while servers were polite and courteous.
Clubhouse is small and the Pro Shop is modestly stocked. Washrooms are poorly located on the second floor.
Parking lot is large and paved.
Something sure smelled good coming from the kitchen.
A large tent was being assembled to accommodate large groups or golfers desiring to sit outside. The clubhouse does not have a lot of seating so any large tournament will have to locate outside.
Scorecard has different handicap rating for all three tee sets.
Ball washers were located in strategic locations as I always found one when I needed to use one.
Directions to next hole are generally good.
Some minor repairs to the cart paths is required where interlock is used.
About half the courses in the Ottawa area are open at this time. Although not in mid-season form, I would say Pakenham was in great shape considering the time of year.