Soon enough they'll be hanging up their skates and pulling out the golf clubs. For many Winnipeg Jet players, next spring will be their first time to explore Manitoba's 120+ golf courses. Here are some top recommendations for off-season training:
Falcon Lake Golf Course - Falcon Lake
|18 holes||Par 72||6964 yards|
"Keep it on the straight and narrow" before teeing up at the Falcon Lake Golf Course, where the fairways rise and fall, following the footsteps of the ice-age glaciers that left town 10,000 years ago. Save your strength for the 13th hole. It's a mighty 600-yard, par 5 that always elicits a groan at the tee box ("I'll never get there.") Finding your ball in the undergrowth of a jack pine bluff can be more of a challenge than the 16th hole itself where the elevated tee box points to a green with a giant tree on one side and a bunker on the other.
Clear Lake Golf Course - Wasagaming
|18 holes||Par 72/75||6070 yards|
The legendary golf architect Stanley Thompson designed this beauty, located in Riding Mountain National Park and a worthy 3.5-hour scenic drive from Winnipeg. Spruce- and pine-flanked fairways overlook the spring-fed Clear Lake. But don't get too distracted by its beauty because a maze of sand traps make you work hard for your par on this relatively short but extremely playable course. Holes 3 and 17 are outstanding with challenging bunkers and breathtaking scenery. You'll be glad you took a cart once you start climbing those rolling hills on a warm day.
Kingswood Country Club - La Salle
|18 holes||Par 71||6683 yards|
They say this course has a Scottish feel. Get ready for well-treed holes and a links style terrain. The La Salle river makes this course a beauty and a challenge all at once. Don't be fooled by the green on the Par 3 17th hole. The 18th brings the final challenge of the course with fairway bunkers and an island green.
Links at Quarry Oaks - Steinbach
|27 holes||Par 72/74||7100 yards|
Canadian architect Les Furber didn't skimp on difficulty when he put together this 27-hole beauty. Nine holes are carved out of oak trees. If you prefer sand and rock quarry, there are nine holes through that kind of terrain as well. And if a desert-style is something you'd like to try, Quarry Oaks has that too.
Teulon Golf and Country Club - Teulon
|18 holes||Par 72||6426 yards|
If you're looking for a treat when it comes to immaculately tailored greens, make the drive to Teulon. Year after year, this course gets high praise from the most skilled shooters. Heck, the putting green is even in fantastic shape! The course is relatively flat but the twists will make shot placement a better strategy than distance.
Grand Pines Golf Course - Traverse Bay
|18 holes||Par 72||6664 yards|
It's all about the rolling meadows and large stands of birch trees here at Grand Pines. Admittedly, the scenery is so lovely that it's sometimes hard to concentrate on the game at hand. The fairways are littered with well-positioned bunkers. After three or four sand shots, you'll want to play it safe. The greens are a treat, built to exacting U.S.G.A. standards.