91. Oshawa

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Oshawa Golf & Curling Club

  • Oshawa, Ontario (62KM east from Toronto)
  • 46th in the Province
  • George Cumming
  • 1906
  • 86.2919 points

Located on a bluff overlooking the Ottawa River, Camelot features an intriguing mix of parkland, faux-links, and, even, precipitous holes. Much like the land it traverses, though, the golf course is rather uneven, with the highs being extremely high and the lows being low. The best parts of the layout include the par 4, 2nd which requires the golfer to avoid the same diagonally running creek off the tee and on the approach, the short but treacherous par 4, 3rd, the downhill 9th with a clever kicker up the right and a deceptively hidden green, the plunging par 3, 11th featuring small green cut into the side of a steep hill, and the picturesque 12th overlooking the river and Gatineau hills beyond.

What has been usually thought of as a Stanley Thompson design is actually a George Cumming layout, though Thompson touched bunkers up here. Regardless, the bones are good enough for international architects Mackenzie Ebert & Tom Mackenzie to take on a renovation job.

In truth, Oshawa features everything that makes an old school layout great. The rumpled fairways meandering around a tantalizing property make for good golf, and when paired with a natural creek, the recipe for fun was sitting right there.

Perhaps the highlight of the round comes on the stretch from the 11th to the 13th, dubbed “Oshawa’s Amen Corner” by members, or the par 3, 18th, playing to a green set at the base of a natural amphitheatre fronted by Oshawa Creek.

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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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