Gander Golf Club – Newfoundland

While in Newfoundland last month I had the pleasure of playing a quick 18 at Gander Golf Club during a stop over on my way to St.John’s from Deer Lake.

After a day of driving from Deer Lake in the rain we pulled into Gander around dinner time and with the rain stopped I headed over to the course to see if I could get in a quick 18. Luckily the pro shop was still open and the course was dead, so I had the course to myself.

Gander is a 6137 yard par 71 situated on Gander Lake. The course is kept in good shape (it is not a high end course), the greens were soft (hard rain for 10 hours prior to round) and rolled true. The course featured a fair amount of elevation change, leading to some great views of Gander Lake.

The front 9, the more undulating of the two nines, starts with a long, uphill, par 4 and then follows the water for a couple holes before finishing with back to back par 5s. The front is the harder of the 2 9s playing around 400 yards longer than the back.

The par 5 8th at Gander.
The par 5 8th at Gander.

The back 9 starts with a 200 yard par 3 that features a drastic downhill tee shot (ones tee shot seems to hang in the air forever). A couple of short par 4s and another par 3 give you a chance before facing a long uphill par 4 in 14, a long downhill par 3 in 15 and a downhill par 4 in 16. 18 is a short par 5 that gives you a chance to finish strong.

The 16th hole with Gander lake in the background covered in fog.
The par 4 16th hole with Gander lake in the background covered in fog.

If I had to pick a signature hole it would be the par 3 second, a 200 yard downhill tee shot with Gander Lake in the background.

The 2nd at Gander. Downhill par 3 with Gander Lake in the background
The 2nd at Gander. Downhill par 3 with Gander Lake in the background

My game that day was better than expected, a season best 75.

See you at the turn,

Brewcee

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Aaron

    Sounds like you found a nice course to play. Shooting 75 is awesome! Thanks for the review.

    Cheers
    Jim

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