63. Riverside

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Riverside Country Club

  • West, Saskatchewan (13KM southwest from Saskatoon)
  • 1st in the Province
  • Bill Kinnear, Graham Cooke & Wayne Carleton
  • 1912
  • 65.7946 points

The old school country club’s in bigger cities are not like this. In fact, Riverside is distinctly “prairie:” down to earth, yet friendly; welcoming, yet those who cross it will be punished.

There’s very little here that jumps off the page and immediately makes the golfer fall in love, but if we’re being honest, we prefer a wine that lingers in our mouth longer. Subtleties like small ditches just shy of the green make it punitive not having home course advantage. On the other side, the 1st’s wildly contoured fairway favours no one.

Like a great story trying to stick the landing by tying up loose ends, Riverside ends on the epic 388 yard par 4, 18th sitting high above the North Saskatchewan River valley directly to the left. It is a fitting conclusion to one of the most unassuming clubs in the country, and yet, that is all part of its charm.

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  • Andrew Harvie

    Based in Toronto, but having lived in Alberta, British Columbia, Montana, Arizona, and Texas, I have been lucky enough to see over 400 golf courses and counting!

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