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The Marshes Golf Course
The land on which The Marshes now stands presented course designers Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and Sr. with an equally unusual and remarkable site. Featuring an abundance of natural beauty in the form of wetlands, meadows, and hardwood forests, the aim was to preserve the area’s innate charms, while also adding the qualities that would make it a visually and strategically outstanding golf course.
The Marshes has been carefully routed around the land’s natural features, offering players of all calibers a chance to marvel at both the natural and technical ingenuity of its design. Not only has the course qualified as an Audubon Cooperative Wildlife Sanctuary Course, but it’s a championship style golf course that has hosted five PGA of Canada Senior Championships in addition to many local and provincial amateur championships.
The first six holes at The Marshes wind through hardwood forest and meadow. Creating this rolling terrain among the rocky, tree-studded landscape required considerable sculpting. The design philosophy called for many bent grass chipping areas around generously contoured greens. The ninth and eighteenth greens share a putting surface that occupies 30,000 sq. ft, an apt metaphor for the entire golf course design, which is big by any standard, including standards of innovation.
With as many as five tee decks per hole, The Marshes will challenge, reward and accommodate golfers of every caliber. The course design recognized that the landscape presented a number of nooks and crannies ideally suited for par 3's. As a result, The Marshes features a somewhat unusual balance of six par-three, six par-four and six par-five holes.
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