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 Sixth

Back into the wind. A gentle dogleg with bunkers in the elbow give you an opportunity to cut the corner to reduce the length of a very long second. The green is fairly flat and large, but it needs to be as most players will be using a long iron or fairway wood for their approach. Again par is an excellent score here.


The Seventh

Again into the wind. Par five, long and gently uphill. The drive is fairly open but bunkers left and right will catch anyone erring too much, and once in them par will be difficult. The green is almost certainly unreachable in two and your landing area to the left is guarded by a deep bunker, but keep right and there is a lot of room feeding onto a broad plateau, from 170 yards out to the green. The hole is lined with a combination of mature pine and birch forest. Once on the green the view back down the hole is spectacular, taking in Deer Lake and the surrounding hills. Par is a good score into the wind.


The Eighth

Par four. A relatively short hole with dramatic contour change. Off the tee you will play across a significant swale, with bunkers short and left and mid length right. The landing area is generous for a well aimed tee shot. Your approach is a mid to short iron to a significantly raised green with contours running sharply right to left. Left of the green are large bunkers, but there is room on the right to feed the ball in off the slope. This hole is a birdie opportunity if you exercise good judgment on this large green as the wind is usually blowing into your face.


The Ninth

Par four. Close to the end of amen corner on the River Course! A flattish par four that is the most exposed to the westerly wind which blows up the valley. A raised tee enables you to survey your drive which requires a very accurate and well hit tee shot. The S-shaped fairway has bunkers in the elbows and you need to decide whether or not to take them on. If you do and you succeed, then the reward is a short iron approach into a deep but narrow green guarded by bunkers on the right. Catch the bunkers off the tee and par will require a deft pitch and single putt as you won't be reaching the green in two. Again, par is a good score here.


The Tenth

Par four. Dramatic tee shot into the teeth of the wind played from a pulpit 180 ft above the fairway. The fairway is wide but once on it, one's second is long played across and through a large swale. Bunkers, short and left of the green catch any ball struck less than perfectly. The green is highly contoured with a small and very raised platform back right that is very tough to get to if the greenkeeper has had a bad morning! No guarantees of two putts on this green. Ranked toughest on the back nine, this hole deserves its reputation. Par is an excellent score here.

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