A little bit of pleasure and a little bit of work has brought me to The Rock (aka Newfoundland & Labrador) for the week and yesterday I had the pleasure of playing a quick 18 at Score Golf’s 34th ranked course in Canada (2012 rankings), Humber Valley Resort, just south of Deer Lake, NL.
Like most of Eastern Canada, NL suffered a rather harsh winter, which delayed the opening of Humber Valley until the first week of June. All things considered, the course was in pretty good shape, but the greens were a little worse for wear with at least some winter kill on most of the 18.
The facility is good, if not great, but the course itself is rather breathtaking at times. From the blue tee’s the course plays just under 6900 yards and rated at 73.3, it is not an easy course, but you can score well if you stay out of trouble and get good length off the tee. The greens are generally large and undulating, so controlling the role of your putts is a must if your not hitting it tight.
It would tough to pick out only one signature hole because there are so many memorable holes throughout the 18. Personally, the par 3s were some of the nicest I have ever played and unlike many courses they didn’t try to make the holes hard simply by making them all long. While the front 9 does feature a 200 yard over water carry par 3, the back 9 throws you with a a couple of short par 3s that feature water carries, bunkers and drastic elevation changes.
My game on this day wasn’t too bad. I had a tough time with the greens on the front 9 and one rather pathetic hole on the back 9, but all and all I was pretty happy with an 82.
Here are some other photos from the round: