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The Course With No Name

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    Very cool story about an ultra exclusive, epic golf course near Toronto, have you heard of anything like this?

    From Score Golf's Bob Weeks:

     

    The Course With No Name

    Last week I had a chance to play a golf course so exclusive, it doesn't even have a name.

    It has no members, no clubhouse, no tee times and no signs at the front gate.  What it does have is a single owner, a full maintenance crew and 18 gorgeous holes.

    The owner is Gordon Stollery of Angus Glen fame, and the course has come to be known as Goodwood, after the hamlet in which it resides. But I was assured that no official name has been registered and there doesn't seem to be any rush to find one. I call it The Course With No Name.

    The Course With No Name is in its fourth year of operation and has yet to log 1,000 rounds. Total. This will be its busiest year with somewhere in the neighbourhood of 300 rounds passing through, about 80 of them in a small tournament hosted by the owner. As our group was heading out last Thursday morning around 10 a.m., we were told to keep the pace as the next group would be following . . . Monday at 10:30 a.m.

    Our group consisted of Dan Keogh, president of Second Skin and former Canadian Tour player (much former he'll try to tell you but don't believe it); Nigel Hollidge, the head honcho of Angus Glen; and Robert Thompson, noted golf writer who has turned his draw into a fade since I last played with him.

    Wil Koopmans, the longtime professional at Angus Glen who also spends time looking after the unnamed course, played the front nine with us - hey, as the only group on the course that day, a fivesome really wasn't a problem.

    Overall, the course is wonderful, amazing really. It has some tremendous although not too drastic elevations changes that have been well used by architect Donald Steel. Everything seems to flow very smoothly and it all seems to be in the right place. It's a fairly friendly course although we played from the very, very back tees (despite my constant pleas to move up to where normal human beings usually play - I was in the role of Corey Pavin in this group), which was more than enough for me to handle.

    The greens are large and have some good roll to them and there really isn't a weak hole of the 18. I can go over the round in my head and remember every hole, which is always a good sign. It's the kind of place you could easily play every day and never get tired. And from where we played, it was tough enough for any golfer, trust me.

    If there was one criticism of The Course With No Name, it might be that all four par 3s are about the same length, around the 200-yard mark; I always think great courses have at least one shorty and that was missing.

    Stollery's plans for the course are at this point unknown, although a third nine has been laid out. He's got enough in the bank to keep footing the bill to keep it his baby. And relatively speaking, with no clubhouse, that's not as much as you might think, about $1 million a year I was told.

    I'd love to go back to The Course With No Name, but considering how few rounds get played there, I may have reached my quota for this decade.


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    Sounds like a neat course. Even better when nobody else knows where it is.

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    First I've heard of the 'The Course With No Name"....Definitely no pressure with those Tee Times while there's surely a prestigious waiting list based on invitation only....     A million a year for one's own private course appears to be just a drop in the bucket for G. Stollery.....Need to make some friends like that !

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    No, nothing even close to it, but it was a nice read.  Thanks!

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    A friend of a friend works here and apparently there are employees who have still not played the course.  And for those who have played it, the general consensus is that it would be a 'Top 5' Golf Course in the Country. 

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    Great story and I hope you enjoyed your round.  I suspect there were no green fees.

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    Down here in subruban Melbourne, Australia resides the Capital Golf Club regularly listed in top 100 courses but I haven't met anyone yet who has played there.

    The brainchild of one of our major casino owners it is ultra exclusive and only open to the rich and famous and casino high rollers and of course friends of the owner.

    Can't even recall seeing many pictures of it.

    Meant to be a pretty good course, so it's on the wish list and maybe one day I'll get the chance. 

    OZ-Crocman

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    Spoke to someone who knows the owner today and he told me originally it was supposed to be 15 guys at a million each, 100k a year to be the most exclusive club in the country, some of the guys bailed and it was left to one owner-then it was supposed to be 50 guys at 500k each and 50k a year but that fell through also, and then recently the owner died and it's been left to the family.