Golf at Humber Valley Resort – River Course

Golf Course Overview


Humber Valley Golf Humber Valley is a Championship Golf Course and open from May to November. Voted best new course in Canada! Rates vary during the season and packages are available. The course offers up some stunning views over Deer Lake and the mountains beyond and is ideal for walking or playing with the aid of a buggy. Golf trolleys and buggies are available for hire at reasonable prices.

Humber Valley Resort’s River Course, voted “Canada’s Best New Course 2007” by ScoreGolf Magazine and “Best New International Course in 2007” by Golf Magazine, is an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course measuring 7,199 yards. Humber Valley Resort is an all-season international resort which commenced operations in December of 2004 with the River Course opening in June 2006. The Resort is located in western Newfoundland, 20 minutes from Deer Lake Airport which is serviced by nonstop flights from Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, St. John’s and a seasonal charter from London Gatwick.


Humber Valley GolfThe course, which affords dramatic views across the Humber Valley, including Deer Lake and the Humber River, was designed by distinguished Canadian golf course architect Doug Carrick, who is known for creating courses of great character and beauty. Its layout, with gently rolling terrain, generous fairways and undulating greens, gives experienced golfers a welcome challenge yet also provides an enjoyable round for novices. Several holes are played alongside the tranquil Humber River or the shores of Deer Lake and a number of natural ponds and streams meander through the course. Breathtaking views can be enjoyed from most of holes culminating in the 18th, where the backdrop rises to an elevation of 400 feet. This is the spectacular setting for the Eagle’s Perch Clubhouse comprising golf reception, changing facilities, pros shop, bars and a banquet room which enjoys stunning views of the panoramic scenery.

Several holes are played alongside the tranquil Humber River or the shore of Deer Lake and a number of natural ponds and streams meander through the course. Breathtaking views can be enjoyed from most of the holes culminating in the 18th where the backdrop rises to 400 feet in elevation up to the Eagle's Perch, housing golf reception, changing facilities, bars and a banquet room where the spectacular scenery can be enjoyed after your round.


Golf Season

Usually the golf season in Newfoundland runs from late May until the end of October, possibly into November.


Course Description Hole-by-Hole

 



The Eleventh

Par four. Again a pulpit tee with a glorious mountain backdrop played into a generous landing area. Bunkers short left need to be flown to ensure a short iron into the green. The wind prevails into and across the hole from the right. The approach is to a wide but very shallow green with emphasis on distance being the key. Any slight misjudgment will cause one to play one's third from one of the bunkers both in front of and behind the green. A definite birdie opportunity.

 

The Twelfth

Par four. Tight driving hole across a small pond with bunkers lining the right hand side of the fairway. Again, it has a beautiful mountain backdrop. The approach is tricky as a granite-edged stream meanders down the right edge and across the front of the green. The green is split level and large and distance judgment is critical here to have any chance of a birdie. Par is a good score, but played well this hole is birdieable, although any mistake is likely to lead to at least one and possibly two dropped shots.

 

The Thirteenth

Par five and the start of the scoring opportunities. Played from a raised tee through a swale to a platform landing area, the winds prevail right to left and slightly into the tee shot. Bunkers catch errant tee shots short left and long right with a small stream lining the right hand side of the hole against a backdrop of mature birch. The approach is sharply downhill into a large green framed behind by a lazy bend in the Humber River. Reachable in two, this is a definite birdie opportunity but miss the green left and everything feeds into the woods. Miss right and short and you're in bunkers, but with the size of this green, good play is rewarded and birdies are still achieveable.

 

The Fourteenth

Par three. A magical setting against the river bank, framed by birch, maple and spruce make this hole a visual delight. The wind prevails strongly from right to left into a clover shaped green with bunkers all around. Mid-iron in length, distance is often deceptive with swirling winds, which make this green easy to miss, with knuckles rapped for so doing. The bunkers are deep and foreboding and getting up and down is difficult. Par is a good score.

 

The Fifteenth

A short driveable par four, prevailing wind behind, designed to test character and mettle. Again sided by the river on the right, this very narrow fairway has a pond on the left and stream behind the green. The usual practice is to play a long iron off the tee over a small inlet in the river to a smallish but attainable landing area, followed by a short iron approach into a very narrow and very deep green. The brave (and often foolhardy or desperate) will drive the green but even the slightest mishit leads to a watery grave. The green is deceptive in its length and pinpoint short iron judgment is critical here. Birdies are on the cards for accuracy, with anything errant punished. The ultimate risk reward hole.


A short driveable par four, prevailing wind behind, designed to test character and mettle. Again sided by the river on the right, this very narrow fairway has a pond on the left and stream behind the green. The usual practice is to play a long iron off the tee over a small inlet in the river to a smallish but attainable landing area, followed by a short iron approach into a very narrow and very deep green. The brave (and often foolhardy or desperate) will drive the green but even the slightest mishit leads to a watery grave. The green is deceptive in its length and pinpoint short iron judgment is critical here. Birdies are on the cards for accuracy, with anything errant punished. The ultimate risk reward hole.

 
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